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Who wants to merely go through the motions of religion? We long for something authentic—something worth opening our hearts to, filling our minds with, and giving our lives for. We hope for something better than the “churchianity” of our parents and the vague spirituality of our neighbors, something better than guilt-induced, holier-than-thou morality, better than here-and-now, health-and-wealth promises. In her thought-provoking and authentic style, Nancy Guthrie shows that Jesus himself offers the something better we've been looking for, applying the truths of Hebrews to real-life issues such as guilt, shame, disappointment, hardship, unhealthy obsessions, personal ambition, and fear of death.

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Your life is beautiful because of Him. At the risk of sounding like a stalker/freak, I have also been reading your blog, and I love the way you write. You are so “real” that I can imagine you just being a member of my church and someone I could talk to after the service. :) God bless you!

Last week my church’s women’s Bible study began studying your book Hoping for Something Better. I had just finished getting my kids settled into their new school and was ready to get back into a Bible study. I did exactly what our leader instructed us to do. First I read the passage (Hebrews 1:1–2:4), then I did the study questions in the back of the book before reading your chapter. I was so blessed! I found myself crying when I read your response to the woman’s manuscript on her book about angels, when you wrote, “I can’t help but believe that if our children had any message to send us from heaven, it would be &lsquoJesus is beautiful! Jesus is everything! Jesus is worth waiting for!’” The study of Hebrews 1 before reading those words is what made them so meaningful. Jesus IS beautiful and He IS everything, and so often I have let Him be so small in my mind. When I went to the Bible study and discussed the chapter with the other women, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I kept wanting to talk about everything God showed me. Thank you so much for your book. I have to say that I had never heard of you before, so I looked you up and found out what the suffering that Joni mentioned in the foreword was. I had to order Holding On to Hope for my sister who has lost a 17-year-old son to death and a 32-year-old marriage to her husband’s infidelity. I ordered a copy for myself as well, and we both read the entire book on Saturday and discussed it. I also ordered your book of family devotions and look forward to using that book with my family. I cannot imagine the suffering that you have gone through in losing two babies, but I am so thankful that you have allowed God to use that suffering in your life to minister to others.