Never Beyond Hope: How God Touches and Uses Imperfect People

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InterVarsity Press, Feb 7, 2005 - Religion - 178 pages
  • 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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Contents

To the Reader
7
HOPE WHEN MY STRENGTH BRINGS WEAKNESS WITH
25
HOPE WHEN I BELONG TO AN UNHAPPY FAMILY
39
HOPE WHEN I AM BARELY NOTICED AND NOT TRUSTED
59
HOPE WHEN I AM ANGRY WITH PEOPLE AND WITH
75
HOPE WHEN FALSE PRIORITIES HAVE BETRAYED
95
HOPE WHEN I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE
113
HOPE WHEN I HAVE DONE SOMETHING TERRIBLE
137
HOPE WHEN EVERYTHING HAS GONE WRONG
159
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J. I. Packer is Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver and the author of many books, including Knowing God and Evangelism the Sovereignty of God.

Carolyn Nystrom is a writer living in St. Charles, Illinois, who has authored more than fifty books and Bible study guides.

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