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Do You Ever Feel Too Empty to Press On?


We’ve all experienced emptiness at some point in our lives. Feelings of loneliness or disillusionment from unfulfilled dreams may have left us feeling lost and adrift. How do we find hope and meaning when the bottom falls out from beneath us?

In her new book God Does His Best Work with Empty, Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie points to the stories in God’s Word to illustrate the phenomenal work He accomplishes with empty people. Guthrie walks readers through Scripture, highlighting evidence of all that God is doing, has done, and promises to do when we feel at our lowest.

Acknowledging that we may find ourselves wondering if God really cares when we’re worn down or shaken by unexpected circumstances, Guthrie points out that God uses trials to train and discipline us for our own good and for His glory. Scripture, she reassures us, affirms that God will never abandon us or consider us useless, even when we feel entirely void.

Each chapter of God Does His Best Work with Empty gives examples from the Bible to illustrate the various ways God fills our emptiness—with grace, faith, and joy, to name a few. In story after story, Guthrie Nancy shows how the Lord used time in the wilderness to draw His people back to Himself, wean them from worldly cravings, and fill them instead with His life-giving Spirit. As you read, you’ll discover how God fills us with His provision when we’re in need and with His presence when we’re lonely, and how He gives us purpose when our lives feel meaningless. As a special bonus, the book’s final chapter is a powerful, Scripture-based prayer that you can use to guide yourself as you seek God’s filling whenever you’re worn down or blindsided by life.

God Does His Best Work with Empty offers biblical hope and help as we turn our gaze upward rather than inward. Less than 200 pages, it’s a quick read and a great book to keep on hand. It also makes an encouraging gift for anyone weighed down by perpetual striving and unfulfilled dreams.

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