• Hope in the Dark

  • Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not
  • By: Craig Groeschel
  • Narrated by: Van Tracy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (810 ratings)

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Hope in the Dark

By: Craig Groeschel
Narrated by: Van Tracy
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Publisher's Summary

Can God be good when life is not? Rediscover faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even in the hurt.

"I want to believe, I want to have hope, but...." 

Pastor and best-selling author Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it's the hurt that shouts the loudest.

In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" In the man's sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man's battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today.

As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain:

  • "Where was God when I was being abused?"
  • "Why was my child born with a disability?"
  • "Why did the cancer come back?"
  • "Why are all my friends married and I'm alone?"

He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief. Because in the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good.

Hope in the Dark is also available in Spanish, Esperanza en la Oscuridad

©2018 Craig Groeschel (P)2018 Zondervan

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An Incredible Must Read! A Very Insightful Picture Regarding Pain and the Presence of God

This is the first time anyone has put into words all of the feelings of my life for these past nine years. I am awestruck. After: debilitating migraines: my teen daughter being diagnosed with leukemia: then my daughter’s diagnosis with necrosis in every major bone of her extremities: after realizing that she now has to spend much of her life in a wheelchair: her chronic pain: my chronic pain: trying to financially pay for all of the medical care: wondering if we’ll ever recover financially and emotionally: with our children now starting to enter college with debt, which I am incredibly against, and it wasn’t the plan: knowing that only God can be our provider: watching Him work: seeing His faithfulness: knowing that healing is not always the plan: trying to help other Christians realize that God has spoken and the pain, at least for now is going to stay: my daughter studying to be a doctor even though her brain doesn’t work as quickly as it used to, she hurts, she works so hard and sometimes it’s through tears, all of this and more. God remains faithful through the circumstances. Everyone should read this book. Christians who want to minister to those who are hurting, in particular need to read the book. People, Christians or not, looking for hope need to read the book. God really gave some amazing insight to our world and possibly to yours through this book. Don’t be fake, wrestle, but embrace. Remember what God’s done in the past. I am so glad these words have been written to help not only my family, but all of those who don’t understand why God would allow such pain without relief.

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A much needed read.

I am at a point in my life where i'm in a valley. This has helped me strengthen my life with the lord. It's not a easy listen, but it will help you if you're struggling.

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Hope filled!

So many times we lose hope and wonder where God is in all that is going on. Craig compassionately communicates that we can hope in God regardless of what happens. But he doesn't say that flippantly but as one who has and is living through difficult times. The reader also expresses that very well in the telling of this hopeful book.

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  • 08-22-18

WOW! Simply wow!

This book spoke to me on so any levels! It is truly amazing! I definitely recommend this!

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Heart Wrenching

I am so glad I pre ordered this is exactly what I needed to hear and live in my current struggles. Wonderfully narrated.

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Must Read!!!

I will continue to read this book over and over it truly has helped me with the struggles I face daily. He talks about others struggles and how to turn to God for strength and guidance in your time of need. if your struggling and need God's guidance and to feel his love I recommend you read this book. I will continue to do so in my time of need.

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Beautifully written

A beautifully written piece that leaves you wanting more of God. Definitely a must read

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Very encouraging

I recommend this book to anyone who is facing trails in life that leave your questioning your faith. The author does an amazing job to walk with you through the questions we all have towards God when we suffer. The book is like a great conversation you keep going back to hang on to the realistic encouragement we need as people of faith.

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Super dope

This was fantastic. I would check out Pastor Craig’s book now! This would be a great resource to share with someone with hard questions in the midst of a faith crisis. Real, honest, doesn’t sugar coat how life really is.

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Left me feeling more disconnected

I finished even though I felt it was just saying the same thing over and over again. "you just have to have faith" "in God's time" the examples just left me feeling worse than when I started, reaffirming what I already think - God picks and chooses who to heal and who to let suffer or die. it's all about Him - very ego centric, not loving. So many references to the violence etc. God himself used to rid the world of evil in the old testament, another of my issues, the Bible, scripture, God's word: written by a group of politically motivated men. The more I search my heart and look for "help" the more I feel like the Christian faith is just another cult, recruiting.

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  • 08-08-20

Embrace God's Word

Challenging and fantastic book! It helps you to grow closer to God even though trials and inconveniences.
Never stop believing and embrace that God is still good!

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  • 10-05-19

Great book

Great lessons from the Bible brought out in form of real life stories that I can relate with.

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  • leo
  • 11-08-18

Wow!

This book has literally changed the direction of my life and restored my hope in God.

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  • 11-12-22

Reality

Christianity worts and all. Life is full of obstacles and disappointments that don’t always make sense to us

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  • Angela
  • 03-06-19

GOD PUT THIS BOOK ON MY HEART TO HELP A FRIEND!

God put this book on my heart...As soon as I saw it ...God spoke to me and said that would be a good book to give Mark.

First of all, I want to say that Craig, the author of " Hope in the Dark" sells himself rather short...Let me explain...he starts off by saying that his book is not for everyone, that it was written for everyday Christians that are struggling because of some terrible tragedy or loss that has shaken their faith to the core. Craig goes on to say that if you are a person who is steadfast in your faith then this book is probably not for you!

As my faith was solid, according to what Craig had said, I felt I would probably not get anything out of it, however, I wanted to listen to it anyway as this book was intended for a friend, I wanted to see if it would help to answer some of the hard questions that he has asked me in the hope that it would turn him in the right direction toward God!

Ok so now that I have listened to the whole book I can honestly say ...WELL CRAIG WAS WRONG!... THIS BOOK IS FOR EVERYONE! This book will touch you deeply and answer many of the hard questions that every day people ask, Christians or non-Christians alike. I related to so many parts of this book... I agreed...I disagreed...I smiled, laughed and wept listening to the profound and wise words that glued me to my seat. intently listening, not wanting to do anything else but listen until it was finished.

Graig also warns you that this book, unlike his others, is void of humor...WRONG AGAIN CRAIG!! I chuckled to myself quite often! I think it has just the right amount of humor.

As I listened I became excited, thinking that this is just what my friend Mark needed and God was right to put this on my heart for Mark. Yes God Put this book on my Heart to help strengthen Mark's faith, but it helped me so much more than I ever thought possible and will use it as a tool to help others! GOD KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR US...HE IS A JUST AND MERCIFUL GOD AND WILL NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE US! GOD LOVES US ALL MORE THAN WE WILL EVER REALIZE... GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD!

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  • 11-01-18

A challenge in difficult times but worth it.

I found this book very helpful. It doesn't solve your problems, but it does help you face the inevitable challenges that will come in life (if you come from a Christian standpoint)
Craig is real, honest and forthright, using habakuk to illustrate faith based resilience.