Item description for For the Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope & Healing by Max Lucado & Nathan Larkin...
Overview When tragedy strikes and troubles beset, almost everyone, whether religious or not, find themselves turning to God for answers and comfort. Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. Reaching toward heaven for hope and healing in the midst of doubt and fear is not a self-convincing, futile exercise or manufactured peace - it is putting one's self in the only place where abiding hope and everlasting consolation are to be found - in the arms of God. And in this audio, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubts and fears.
Publishers Description "When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?" -Psalm 11:3. Isn't David's question ours? When jobs are lost, marriages fall apart, and loved ones die, what are we to do? David answers his own question with a declaration: "The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven" (Ps.11:4). The point is unmistakable: God is undeterred by our problems. People are hurting, but he is there. He is still in control. When unspeakable tragedies and incomprehensible losses occur, we are saddened, angry, even vengeful. And we are full of questions. Why would God allow this atrocity? How can God bring good from such sadness? How should I pray in this time of great suffering? In this audiobook, a re-release of Lucado's original book "For These Tough Times," we'll search for some answers. And along the way, request God's peace and understanding.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 60.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.12" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598591673 ISBN13 9781598591675
Availability 0 units.
More About Max Lucado & Nathan Larkin
More than 100 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.
Max Lucado has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Large Print Originals
Inspiration for Everyday Life
Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
Reviews - What do customers think about For The Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope?
Toughg Times Oct 11, 2008
As I am going through some tough times, I found comfort in the book. He takes characters from the bible and relate them to the life we live today. It shows that we can indeed make it into the light if we only allow good.
A Must Read for All Troubled People Sep 15, 2008
Max Lucado has been one of my favorite christian inspirational writers, I like the way he incorporates daily life activities and real life scenarios with biblical truths and insights. This book highlights struggles of people considered as pillars of the bible such as King David, Job, Peter the apostle and Saint Paul just to name a few, they have victoriously overcome life's troubles and daily temptations of sin that have made them great men of God. This book gives you hope and strength to be a winner in life and to have joy, peace and love in your heart.
It Contains 7 chapters that will inspire, guide and help you become what God intended you to be......a winner in life.
Fantastic little book Jun 27, 2008
This is a great, great book. I also gave one to a friend of mine when she lost her Grandaughter and it really helped her alot. I recomend this book. It is a fast read and will grab the person reading it so you can't put it down.
Always Gives Exactly What You Need May 20, 2008
As usual, Max Lucado delivers exactly what you need, when you need it. Max puts life's problems and situations out there - acknowledging them - but reminds us "SO WHAT"?! No matter what we are going through, God is still on the throne...He is still in control. God can make rainbows out of rainstorms, leaders out of losers, and bring success from shame. All it takes is a little bit of faith, and a whole lot of prayer. Don't be conformed to the things your eyes see and what your brain interprets. But be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds. God's thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. This book reminds us of these things as we are going through. Joy cometh in the morning.
Readers in need of reassurance about God's love and power Jun 5, 2007
I was hooked on Max Lucado's FOR THESE TOUGH TIMES from the beginning because it starts with a question from the Psalms: "When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?" Questions are a time-honored approach to the mystery of all we don't understand about faith --- and the perfect way to start a book on the difficult problem of suffering and evil.
First written as a response to the events of September 11th, FOR THESE TOUGH TIMES has been redesigned as an all-purpose gift book that speaks to any difficult situation: the death of a loved one, the injustice of world hunger, a broken relationship. Christians have long mined the Psalms and the Book of Job for answers to the problems of evil, pain and suffering in the world. And what they've found, as Lucado has found, is that there are no pat answers. Rather, as Psalm 11:3-4 continues, we discover that God is in control. He is over everything. And when we have no pat answers, Lucado compellingly shows that we still have the knowledge that God loves us and cares about what happens to us.
Eight short chapters, plus an introduction and a prayer, make up this slim yet meaty volume. In the book, he asks "Who is God? Where is God in the midst of evil? Can good come from evil? And prayer --- is God really listening?"
Lucado looks to scripture for examples of biblical characters --- Joseph, Moses, Daniel --- who endured difficult circumstances yet whose tragedies were turned into triumphs. He also looks to creation as evidence of God's power and majesty. "Nature is God's workshop. The sky is his résumé. The universe is his calling card. You want to know who God is? See what he has done. You want to know his power? Take a look at his creation. Curious about his strength? Pay a visit to his home address: 1 Billion Starry Sky Ave."
His images are fresh and vivid throughout, whether retelling the story of the nativity or the drama of Jesus calming the storm. "And that was just the beginning of what his sea mates would witness," Lucado writes. "Before it was over, they would see fish jump into the boat, demons dive into pigs, cripples turn into dancers, and cadavers turn into living, breathing people."
Lucado points to scriptures such as Romans 8:31 ("If God is for us, who can be against us?") as a reminder of God's personal care for us. "You are protected. God is with you." Nothing can separate us from God's love if we desire it, because of Jesus, he reminds us.
One of the toughest ideas Lucado offers is that God uses Satan to refine the faithful and allows us to experience pain to come back to faith, be disciplined when we've sinned, or test the church. This is perhaps the most discussable portion of the book, depending on your theology of suffering.
He also discusses the terrible price of revenge and bitterness when we've been victimized in some way and invites readers to consider this: "Would you like assurance that God forgives you? I think you know what you need to do." He urges readers to remember to make time to listen to God, to be quiet, and to be still. He reminds us that "your prayer on earth activates God's power in heaven....When you speak, Jesus hears. And when Jesus hears, the world is changed."
At the end of the book, Lucado includes "Do it Again, Lord," a prayer adapted from one written for America Prays, a national prayer vigil on September 15, 2001. The prayer echoes his belief that "Though we may not be able to see his purpose of his plan, the Lord of heaven is on his throne and in firm control of the universe and our lives. So we entrust him with our future. We entrust him with our very lives." Readers in need of reassurance about God's love and power in the face of evil and suffering will find solace in these pages.