I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.- Robert Fulghum
The old saying goes that “when it rains, it pours” and, sometimes, you find yourself on the precipice of a dark abyss of depression when it just doesn’t seem to stop pouring. You can still feel the solid ground of faith underneath your feet, but you need a little *oomph* to remind you of the glorious light all around you. That’s where hope comes in. Hope helps you to jump over the dark because you know you’ll land firmly on the other side. Hope can come from a lot of places, and audiobooks are currently one of our favorite mediums of faith inspiration. Listening in the car, while you work, before you go to bed…the possibilities are endless. Here are 5 audiobooks that will motivate you to take the leap past the struggle and difficulties that won’t seem to go away.
For The Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope by Max Lucado
When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. In For These Tough Times, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubt and fear. (GoodReads)
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church. (GoodReads)
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers. Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. (GoodReads)
Lee Strobel’s trademark investigative style paired with an uplifting message of the hope found in Jesus Christ. Lee’s timeless message walks readers through why holding on to hope is so crucial, why we can trust in the hope of Jesus Christ, and how that hope can change our lives for the better. (GoodReads)
“Most of us have no idea where we’re going most of the time. Perfect.
Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.” (GoodReads)
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