A fallen world is full of reasons to lose heart. From the large-scale tragedies of war, famine, and natural disasters, to the more personal tragedies of broken relationships and broken dreams, it can be difficult to avoid discouragement--even for the believer. And yet, Scripture calls us to a life of hope, based not on wishful thinking or avoiding our problems but based on who God is, what he has done, and what he is still doing.
In this short, giftable book, pastor Jason Meyer shows you that though the reasons for discouragement seem strong, the reasons we have to take heart and hold on to hope are stronger yet. Through biblical truth and personal stories, Meyer encourages the weary and anxious believer by shining light on the nature of reality, the nature of God, and the intersection of the two in our daily, rubber-meets-the-road lives. The result is a book that lifts our spirits in a world that too often seeks to drag us down.
"Discouragement paralyzes and disables us, and Meyer brilliantly and pastorally addresses the problem and administers the biblical cure. Don't Lose Heart is piercingly clear and biblically faithful, and it will give hope and joy to many. An invaluable treasure."
Thomas R. Schreiner, professor of New Testament interpretation and associate dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
"From the beginning of this book it is obvious that it was written by someone with a pastor's heart and a theologian's mind. Pastor Meyer offers insightful understanding about what brings us down and what causes us to lose heart at different moments in life. If you are going to look at your past failures, you must look all the way back to the cross, at the foot of which, Jason argues, you may leave any and all your shortcomings. If you are worried about the future, you may as well look all the way forward to see a bigger picture of God, along with a final and grandiose view of the glory awaiting you. The world needs more Jason Meyers . . . pastors who think theologically, are capable of counseling their sheep through their writings, and can competently train the leaders who will walk with them. This book refreshed my memory and my soul."
Miguel Núñez, senior pastor of International Baptist Church, Dominican Republic
"Have you ever considered that discouragement is a liar, telling you half-truths about the world and, namely, God? Jason Meyer's pastoral care and biblical guidance helps us see the truth about discouragement so that we may bask in the goodness of God's grace. In Don't Lose Heart, we are reminded of our glorious hope--and it's the whole truth, truth that is sure and will not put us to shame."
Trillia Newbell, author of If God Is For Us and God's Very Good Idea
"We all get discouraged; we all lose heart. So the real issue is what we do with our discouragement. How do we handle it? How do we fight it? In Don't Lose Heart, Jason Meyer doesn't simply tell us to buck up and stop crying. Instead, as the subtitle suggests, he provides Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul by exposing the half-truths that lead to discouragement and calling us to replace them with the whole truths of who God is for us in Christ. Since we all lose heart from time to time, read this book as a gospel balm for your weary soul and share it with others so that together we may spur one another to believe the whole truths of the gospel, keep heart, and persevere in faith until all our hopes are realized in the new heaven and new earth."
Juan R. Sanchez, senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, and author of Seven Dangers Facing Your Church
"Here is what a kind, wise, godly friend would tell you when you are discouraged. It is good for all of us that these words are written down. They have lifted my heart to Christ and, in God's providence, will lift the hearts of many."
Kathleen Nielson, speaker and author of Women and God
"Jason has written a treasure! I love this uplifting book. It encouraged me in heart and mind and helped me love Jesus more. I'm recommending it to everyone I know."
Mack Stiles, pastor of Erbil International Baptist Church, Iraq, and author of Marks of the Messenger and Evangelism
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