Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain by Chad Veach

We often question ourselves, why does God allow certain things to happen and this book attempts to answer some of these questions and delve into why despite a firm belief in a higher being bad things still happen to good people. The author Chad Veach does not dwell on the standard responses one so often hears in such situations, but instead goes on to  draw on his own experience when a child was diagnosed with a serious illness and helps the reader to deal with the pain of such a situation. debilitating disease to reveal simple, purposeful steps for dealing with pain.The author argues that because of a believe in God, there is always hope and hope is what is pushing people to move forward.
In the book, the author uses his daughter's illness to help people understand why this happens to people and how you can keep the faith despite such an event in your life. There is no talk about God having selected a family for such a trial and the family somehow should be feel that they are special to be tried by God and in their faith through such an event. Instead the author focuses on using your religion as a pillar of strength that can be useful to provide hope for a family faced with the mystery of what parents can do to assist their child and support their child as much as possible. What I took away from the book is an understanding that while going through a personal crisis, you can still find joy in life and cherish little things in life. Be happy about a sunny day or enjoy a nice meal because life is not all bleak and with some positive outlook, the crisis becomes not only more bearable, but you will also find strength to move forward and support your family member that is affected by a health issue or going through an emotional crisis.
The book is split up into four sections - The Struggle, The Remedy, The Rest and The Better, implying that there is hope moving forward, but the person needs to move forward and with a strong belief in God that can be possible. Will it be easy? No - but after struggling with the initial gaining of momentum to move forward, people will find it easier to continue moving forward and with time, a new normalcy as I like to state it will be achieved. 
I enjoyed reading this book despite the rather dark subject matter. I felt that this book was helpful for people dealing with grief and problems in their life and provides useful, almost hands-on advice for people to work through the grief. It will not be simple, but it is something that with continuing work can be achieved.

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Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

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