Simple and profound. The Christian walk was meant to be simple and profound. It’s a walk through good times and hard times.
Matt and Beth Redman tell us how it can be a worship walk even in the times of suffering. Worship is a choice, and the choice is ours.
“In the life of every worshiper, there will come times when worship meets with suffering. And these moments shape what kind of worshipers we will become.” (p. 27)
Although the slaves cried out to God in their Gospel songs of worship, Redman found that there were only a few modern worship songs stemming from suffering. “Blessed Be Your Name,” came shortly after that revelation.
Finding God in the Hard Times, formerly named Blessed Be Your Name, grew from the song.
From David’s and Joseph’s troubles to the Redmans’ trials, we learn that on the road of suffering, we have a choice to turn our thoughts and voices from our problems back to praise.
At the end of each of the five chapters, there are questions for reflection.This is an excellent tool to use in a small group Bible study. In fact, the Redmans have also provided a small group discussion guide at the end of the book.
This second edition includes two letters from women who have written to the Redmans to share how greatly the song “Blessed Be Your Name” helped them on their road of suffering.
“So often the soil of our suffering will become the fertile ground for our seasons of fruitfulness.” (p. 63)
The soil of the Redmans’ suffering has produced many seasons of fruit through this one worship song and this one book.
I will purchase several of these books to give to others on the road of suffering.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
Father, thank You for Your great grace in showing us how others have suffered and chosen to trust in You and praise You through their suffering. Thank You for Matt and Beth Redman. Bless them with much joy and fruitfulness. Bless Your children with the knowledge of the simple truth that You are in control and that You have plans for them, and Your plans are always good. Blessed be Your Name!