Well, I finally did start reading it, and I’m so glad I did. From the very beginning, it has been an incredible source of encouragement to me. So much so, that I wanted to write a letter to the author to thank him.
I highly recommend this for anyone whose world has been shaken by tragedy—whether it be the loss of a loved one, severe illness, abuse, or other deep and painful trial.
Here is my open letter to Cameron Cole:
Grief was nothing like me or my husband expected. The way you describe your story and grief throughout your book helped us realize that you too felt the depths of pain that seem unfathomable before being experienced. If God could give you a steadfast hope, then surely He could give it to us too.
Your chapters on God’s providence and finding joy again have been critical for me. Going through my worst shook me to my core on what I believed about God. My responses to the way God worked in/through tragedy revealed that I barely knew the Source of true joy. When it comes to reading books, I often mark up the pages with my thoughts and reactions. Throughout my copy of Therefore I Have Hope, you’ll find notations. In the chapters on providence and joy, you might be overwhelmed by all the notes—from underlining, to stars and hearts, to exclamations like “Wow!” and “Praise God! Never thought of that!” Thank you for clearly articulating and applying what the Bible says about providence and joy. Mind blowing. Life changing.
Thank you for not keeping your story to yourself, but allowing God to use it to help others.
Therefore I Have Hope
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