Never Beyond Hope
If you get discouraged by your spiritual failures, you're not alone. In fact, you're in pretty good company.
From the life and death of Samson to Peter's denial of Jesus, the Bible is filled with stories of people who wanted to serve God but frequently failed. And yet God still worked through these men and women for his purposes and glory. Through God's power, their points of weakness became their greatest strengths.
In Never Beyond Hope J. I. Packer offers his pastoral wisdom, exploring the stories of eight imperfect people portrayed in the Bible. Packer shows you how their struggles and triumphs relate to your own experiences and highlights how God works despite your mistakes.
Packer also teams up with expert Bible study writer Carolyn Nystrom, who helps you process and apply what you are learning in each chapter with study questions for personal reflection or group discussion, prayer suggestions and journaling ideas.
Let this book help you discover that God's vision for your life may be far bigger than what you can see right now. Though you may be far from perfect, remember that in God's eyes you are never beyond hope.
"We recommend Never Beyond Hope to you. Use it for your own personal devotions. And use it in a small group, so that the grace of which it speaks can ripple out into the community of God's people."
"In classic Packer style, this book opens the pages of Scripture and sheds new, refreshing light on well-known stories and some not-so-well-known characters. . . . Insightful, witty, and very wise Bible teaching."
"[T]his book takes the aphorism 'While there's life, there's hope' and reverses it to 'Only while there's hope is there life.' . . . [E]ntertaining and effective . . . always readable."
To the Reader
Introduction: God's Gift of Hope
1. Hope When My Strength Brings Weakness with It: Samson
2. Hope When I Belong to an Unhappy Family: Jacob
3. Hope When I Am Barely Noticed and Not Trusted: Manoah's Wife
4. Hope When I Am Angry with People and with God: Jonah
5. Hope When False Priorities Have Betrayed Me: Martha
6. Hope When I Find It Hard to Believe: Thomas
7. Hope When I Have Done Something Terrible: Simon Peter
8. Hope When Everything Has Gone Wrong: Nehemiah