Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately?: Hope & Healing When You Feel Discouraged
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About "Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately?: Hope & Healing When You Feel Discouraged"
:Everyone experiences times of sadness, trials, and pain. But what happens when grief and depression seem so overwhelming that we feel like giving up? As the founder of World Challenge, Inc., David Wilkerson worked with troubled people of every type: students, parents, alcoholics, delinquents, businessmen, pastors, teachers, and drug addicts. In this hopeful and encouraging book, Wilkerson examines the universal problem of discouragement. He shows readers how to let God heal their wounds, restore their faith, and give them genuine, lasting peace.
Meet the Author
For over eighty years, Reverend David Wilkerson's evangelistic ministry has included preaching, teaching and writing. He is the author of over thirty books and best known for his early ministry to teen drug addicts and gang members in New York City. The story of his ministry is outlined in his co-authored book, The Cross and the Switchblade, which has since been read by over fifty million people and was made into a motion picture. Wilkerson was born in Hammond, Indiana on May 19, 1931. He married his wife, Gwen Carosso, in 1953 and they served small pastorates in Pennsylvania until David Wilke
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This book is somewhat frustrating, despite its popularity. Wilkerson opens with the statement that 'one way or another we are all hurting' (1980:14) insinuating no human beings lead a perfect life and we all bear physical, emotional or spiritual wounds. True, but then he declares that 'time heals nothing' (1980:16), but is not time a creation of God that He uses providentially? Wilkerson elucidates that we must remind 'yourself God knows exactly how much you can take, and He will not permit you to reach a breaking point' (1980:19), but then fails to explore the issue of Christians committing suicide, for example. Suicide is a breaking point, is it not? He later states we should not 'depend on someone else for our happiness' (1980:34) and be complete in ourselves. While one can agree with the first comment, God alone completes us. He alone. Later, Wilkerson asserts that most 'Christian couples are not having trouble with their marriages rather, they are having trouble with God, with faith, with prayer' (1980:40). This is naively simplistic. Wilkerson then discusses (and at times answers) many of the problematic questions posed by Christians who have lost control over their lives, but frustratingly leave several important questions unanswered and makes generalizations that could delaying the healing. Overall, it is not recommended, for there are more thorough (and biblical) books on the topic available.