Living in the Shadow of DeathLearning to Thrive through Tragedy and Uncertainty
Living in the Shadow of Death
Learning to Thrive through Tragedy and Uncertainty
Does God have a purpose for the turmoil or tragedy you are experiencing? Does a good God allow loss and send pain? How can that lurking feeling of dread for tomorrow be part of abundant life with Christ?
Grief hits us unexpectedly. A job loss, a failed relationship, a health crisis, an unexpected move, a rebellious teen, and other difficult circumstances force themselves upon us, demanding our attention. Fear, insecurity, and loneliness intimidate us into quiet submission and attempt to dictate our choices.
But what if we could shove them out our front door?
With loving concern and unyielding devotion for those facing a loss they never imagined, Carrie opens up her heart to reveal the biblical truths she’s learned through the heart-wrenching turbulence in her own life. She answers questions many Christians struggle with but dare not admit:
- Is God really good?
- Does the presence of pain and loss cancel out the abundant life promised to us?
- How can we follow God when life seems to only bring heartache?
- Is He even trustworthy?
If these are your questions, take heart! Within these pages, Carrie shares some of her very unchristian-like doubts and how she developed an intense faith and abiding trust even while Living in the Shadow of Death.
In Living in the Shadow of Death, Carrie Daws cracks open a difficult topic and handles the reader with such care, you’ll feel like she’s sitting at the kitchen table with you, sharing coffee and compassion while not skimping on biblical truth. This is what I admire most about this book: it is both gracious and uncompromising, full of humanity and wisdom. An excellent resource for anyone grieving or anticipating grief.
~Jocelyn Green, author of Free to Lean: Making Peace with Your Lopsided Life
Reading this book was a reminder that we’re all going to walk through valleys in this life and will experience some form of loss, whether that’s through the death of someone we love or the loss of something important to us like a relationship, dream, job, or even our health. In this book, Carrie challenges you to do a heart check on what you truly believe in the midst of those seasons. Do you really believe in your heart that God is good and trust that He’s in control and knows best no matter what? Even when you are completely blindsided by a diagnosis or confused by something or someone suddenly being taken away from you? She goes over feelings of loneliness, insecurity, fear, and dependency that you may battle during those times and reminds you to reflect on who God truly is in the midst of those. He is: Yahweh Jireh – the Lord Will Provide, Yahweh Shalom – God is my Peace, Yahweh Rohi – God is my Shepherd, Yahweh Nissi – The Lord Our Banner, Yahweh Rapha – The Lord Who Heals, Yahweh Sabbath – The Lord of Hosts.
Wherever you’re at, whether you’re about to face a season that you know will be tough or you’re currently walking through that valley, Carrie reminds you to keep pressing into the Lord and don’t turn away…even if it’s hard and may be painful. Cling to who He is and who you are in Him. Trust that He’s working out something that is for your good, even if it doesn’t necessarily feel like it now. Bottom line, don’t give up hope!
~Candy S, North Carolina