ARC Review: The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times by Faires, Faires, Wernet, Wilder

The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times by Faires, Faries, Wernet & Wilder

Published March 26th, 2019 by Zondervan

Genres Christian, Nonfiction

Pages 224



The Book of Comforts is a beautiful four-color book of readings that offer biblical consolation and encouragement in seasons of trial and grief. Scripture selections are accompanied by brief devotions, alongside designed Scripture passages and photography. Grief, loss, and pain are significant and unavoidable parts of the human experience, but they’re often overlooked or minimized. In moments of heartache and challenges we either crumble or we discover the richness of God’s love. Scripture deals plainly and honestly with suffering and simultaneously points people the rich hope we find in God. The Book of Comforts offers a meaningful way to walk through hurt, heartache, challenges and difficulty, aided by the truth of God’s Word. It is a beautiful and comforting gift for those in hard places—because though we don’t always know what to say, the gift of divine consolation is always helpful.

The Book of Comforts is a beautiful book and I am really enjoy reading it. The book begins with a Forward from author Angie Smith, where she briefly describes some of her own losses and how no one seemed to ever know the right thing to say. She includes many wise words in this opening letter and one of my favorites is the fact that while all of our circumstances may differ in circumstance, we have a common goal of finding comfort in God and that we are not alone. The following Author’s Note reminds us that our comfort comes from God alone and that He is our true comforter.

The book is divided into 4 sections; Comfort in God Alone, Comfort in Praise, Comfort in Dark Places & Comfort in Truth. In each section, there are short chapters that include a beautiful piece of artwork, a short Biblical scripture and a short devotional or lesson from one of the 4 authors. I haven’t read the entire book yet, but from what I have read, I really love it and can think of so many times in my own life, as well as in friends and family, when this book would have been a huge comfort. It is a book that you can sit down and read from front to back, pick it up when you need encouragement or comfort, or flip through the different sections to find the right Scripture and words you need at that particular time. It is certainly a book I will be passing along to several people in my life.

Thank you to the publisher, Zondervan, for sending me a review copy of this book.

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