Item description for Never Beyond Hope: How God Touches & Uses Imperfect People by J. I. Packer & Carolyn Nystrom...
Overview Packer and Nystrom spotlight Bible characters who were imperfect, yet God used them anyway. This book will encourage anyone who has ever felt like a hopeless sinner.
Publishers Description Tied for a 2001 Best Non-Fiction Book, Christian Living award in the God Uses Ink Contest 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.
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More About J. I. Packer & Carolyn Nystrom
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
J. I. Packer currently resides in Vancouver, BC.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Never Beyond Hope: How God Touches & Uses Imperfect People?
just not enough.... Oct 14, 2000
From the time I read Knowing God in the early 80s to the retreat where I was privledged to meet Dr Packer, and through all of his books that I have read, I harbour great respect and affection for the man. So when I saw this book as I was on my way out of town I quickly glanced it through and snatched it up. The title, the snippets, the reviews, all sang that this was the book to give refreshment to my tired, aching spirit.
Unfortunately it didn't deliver. I have heard Dr Packer speak a number of times and each time the "audience" ended up in focussed worship. So it is difficult for me to grasp how these wispy chapters can have been taken from his talks. They are fairly shallow and although he hints at it, he never quite seems to get to the manifestation of God's heart towards those about whom he writes.
In fact I just finished the book 2 days ago and I'd be hard pressed to give even one direct quote or idea from it. The book was more like spiritual cotton candy that just melts in your mouth than chicken noodle soup that warms your stomach and heals your aches.
A very touching devotional book Jul 18, 2000
This book is based on a series of J.I. Packer sermons showing how God has used imperfect people such as Jacob, Samson, Manoah and others. In it's brief, simple and moving way, Packer's words also give the rest of us hope to continue with life's struggles. Easy to read and perfect for end of the day thought and reflection, I recommend it highly.