Desperate for Hope Bible Study

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Questions We Ask God in Suffering, Loss, and Longing

A 7-Session Study by Vaneetha Risner

Have you ever asked, Why am I going through this? What if this never gets better? Does God really care about me? When life falls apart, it’s easy to feel alone and slip into despair—disillusioned with God, hopeless about the future, and doubting your faith.

In this 7-session study, Vaneetha Risner tackles the hard questions and offers a scriptural framework to help you find hope in your pain. She will be a gracious guide through this difficult topic, walking with you as you meet women in the Bible who suffered loss, and sharing her own experiences of longing and grief. In the end, you’ll find that the answers to your deepest questions can be found in the character, goodness, and sovereignty of God.

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Sample | Leader Guide | Scripture Reference | Scriptures for Daily Study | Bulletin Insert | Poster | Invite Card | PowerPoint

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Listen to the Desperate for Hope Podcast

Join Vaneetha Risner and guests like Joni Eareckson Tada, Paul David Tripp, Ann Voskamp and more as they talk about their struggles and losses, the questions they asked God in their pain and how they found hope and joy through it all. 

What Others Are Saying About Desperate For Hope

This study would be helpful to anyone feeling lost, overwhelmed, alone, or questioning God's goodness. It would also be good for anyone trying to come alongside someone who is suffering. This study educates, gives hope, and shines God's light into dark places in our lives. - Kathleen C.

This study was life changing for me. I feel that God is allowing me to see His goodness for the first time in my life- and isn’t it ironic that it was through a study on suffering? - Alison P.

Too many of the studies I've done or sermons I've heard gloss over suffering, so I've never thought deeply about it. This will now change how I read my Bible. - Penny H.

This study was deep and challenging. It forced me to think about the Scriptures, apply them to my situation, and caused me to have shifts in my thinking.- Johnnie J.

I didn’t realize how hungry I was for this study. The study is so solid, Biblical, practical, and genuine. - Janice O.

I loved how this study pulled truths from Scripture to open my eyes to how gentle & loving the heart of Jesus is to the suffering. - Angie G.