This is not a book of happy denial for difficult situations. It?s not about turning pessimism to optimism or finding the silver lining in every mist. Life is tough. And if you?ve been watching the news lately, you know it may be getting tougher. If we?re going to get through these problems, we have to get through them. We can?t tap-dance around them. Maybe Little Orphan Annie can get away with that as she convinces President Roosevelt that ?the sun?ll come up tomorrow,? but this ain?t Broadway. We?re knee-deep in real life.
One great thing about the Bible is that it confronts real life. It stands up to real issues. The Old Testament character Job faces every catastrophe you can think of, but as he pleads his case with God, he still sings, ?I know that my Redeemer lives? (19:25). The apostle Paul lists all the beatings, arrests, and shipwrecks he has endured, he tells about his unanswered prayer, and he still hears God saying, ?My power is made perfect in weakness? (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When life throws a curve, for centuries no source of insight and encouragement has brought more comfort than the Bible. "99 Bible Promises for Tough Times" is a collection of the deepest wisdom found in Scripture.
Randy Petersen, a writer/teacher from New Jersey, has written fifty books and many Bible study lessons. He also serves as Adult Education Director at his United Methodist church.
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