"It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him."
Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of sin, satanic assault, distressing circumstances, or hereditary and other physical causes. In When the Darkness Will Not Lift, John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness.
Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness, what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness, how unconfessed sin can clog our joy, and how to minister to others who are living without light. Piper uses real-life examples and sensitive narrative to show readers abundant reason to hope that God will pull them out of the pit of despair and into the light once again.
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Not Piper's finest work
The title here says it all. The best part was the story of John Newton's relationship with William Cowper that probably save Cowper's life. But the book in the way it is written, in my view, could easily lead to more depression on the distraught than help, even with all the disclaimers. Was written too fast, it seems, and I just can't so much recommend it. And I am a "fan" of Piper.