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“A book with this much healing truth could only be written by someone who has experienced profound pain. In When the Hurt Runs Deep, Kay Arthur addresses universal questions about suffering and pain with insights that are candid, practical, and deeply hopeful, offering encouragement and assurance that you are not alone.”
—Gary Smalley, author of Change Your Heart, Change Your Life

“Kay Arthur’s When the Hurt Runs Deep is a beautiful blend of grace and truth. It’s clear, compassionate, biblically grounded, and Christ-centered. As usual, Kay’s words honor and declare God’s Word, which alone can bear the weight of our trust. I’m happy to recommend this outstanding book.”
—Randy Alcorn, author of If God Is Good and The Goodness of God

“Kay Arthur is no ‘dry land sailor,’ no stranger to deep hurt and pain. In the midst of her own dark seasons and desperate moments, she has mined the Scripture and found rich treasures of healing and hope. This book provides encouragement for those who need assurance that God is near to the brokenhearted, that He hears their cry, and that their journey through pain can truly lead to a place of great blessing, joy, and increased fruitfulness.”
—Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author and radio host of Revive Our Hearts

“You won’t be able to put this remarkable book down! Kay Arthur has crafted an invaluable gift for everyone who is seeking healing and hope in the midst of life’s tormenting windstorms—and that’s all of us. With deep insight and profound reassurance, Kay shows us how to connect our deep pain with the ultimate promise of God’s therapeutic love.”
—Les Parrott, PhD, founder of RealRelationships.com and coauthor of You’re Stronger Than You Think

“Kay Arthur knows about emotional pain first hand, both from her own life and from the scores of people she has counseled over the years. Now she brings her vast knowledge of Scripture to bear on this difficult subject in a compassionate and helpful way. Both people who are hurting and all those who counsel such people will find this book useful.”
—Jerry Bridges, author of Trusting God Even When Life Hurts

“I’m not sure I know of anyone more equipped in God’s Word and life experience to write this incredible book. I’ve had a first-hand look at how Kay Arthur has allowed God’s truth to guide her through life’s deepest hurts. She’s no stranger to unexpected and hurtful circumstances, and—good thing for us—she’s also no stranger to Scripture. Your journey through this remarkable book will equip and encourage you to trust in the Lord no matter what life brings your way. Read and be blessed.”
—Priscilla Shirer, author and Bible teacher

“Kay Arthur understands the heartache and pain that life often brings. But more important, she has tasted the healing and freedom—spiritual freedom—that only intimacy with God can bring. This rich work, When the Hurt Runs Deep, will guide you to your strong anchor of hope when the storms of life threaten to overwhelm you, and you too will find healing and freedom.”
—Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors

“How easily we forget that we have a written guarantee in Scripture that we will have tribulation in our lives—not only the cosmic, earth-shaking kind that comes with a 9/11 tragedy, but also the kind that rocks our lives personally when the diagnosis is not good, or the husband walks out, or the job is lost. Yet in the midst of all the turbulence stands the Prince of peace, knowing our pain, feeling our hurt, comforting us in our doubt. Kay Arthur, a woman who loves God’s Word, takes us back to the source of true hope and ultimate healing. Be comforted as you read her words to know that, even when hurt runs deep, He is there with His deeper love.”
—Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated radio host and author

“Kay Arthur is one of the most gifted teachers in the kingdom. This book is filled with wisdom she’s gained from teaching and from her in-depth study of Scripture. What a treasure it contains!”
—Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview

“Kay Arthur is a great friend and an even better human being. Her teaching, speaking, and writing have touched millions globally. When the Hurt Runs Deep is another great investment in the people she loves. This is a profound book because Kay has ‘been there’ and has learned to walk by faith through some very dark valleys. Journey with her as you read these pages, and I can promise you she’ll put your hand in the hand of the One who will bring true healing and hope. This is a great book. Read it and then pass it on to a friend.”
—Dr. Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife

When the Hurt Runs Deep offers healing at the point of your deepest pain and brings hope that one day your suffering will be redeemed in ways you cannot imagine. With wise insights born of personal experience and timeless truth, my friend Kay Arthur offers encouragement and abiding assurance that you are not alone!
—June Hunt, founder of Hope for the Heart and author of How to Handle Your Emotions

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About the Author

Kay Arthur is best known for her vulnerability, authenticity, and passion for truth. She is the author of numerous books, including As Silver Refined and A Marriage Without Regrets. An international teacher and communicator whose work has touched millions of lives, Kay has received several awards for her writing and media programming. She currently serves with her husband, Jack, as co-CEO of Precept Ministries International, the organization they founded together more than forty years ago and which today operates in 150 countries in 70 languages. Kay and Jack live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kay Arthur is one of America's best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the co-founder of Precept Ministries International, the leaders in inductive Bible-study resources. Kay also reaches hundreds of thousands of people internationally through her "Precept upon Precept" inductive Bible studies. In addition, her daily and weekly television programs air on over 900 stations in 30 countries.

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When the Hurt Runs Deep: Healing and Hope for Life's Desperate Moments

When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur

We live in a world where no one is exempt from pain and hurt. Sometimes in the midst of great pain we are tempted to blame God or think that He has forgotten us. Our minds struggle to figure out why God would permit such suffering. We have a choice. We can hold on to the pain in bitterness and unforgiveness or we can apply God's truth and find lasting healing. The principles and Bible studies that Kay Arthur shares in When the Hurt Runs Deep give practical examples that readers can apply in their circumstances.

Kay Arthur shares twelve healing truths to remember when we are in the midst of our pain. Most of her truths are based on an understanding of the true nature of God. That God is sovereign and loves us. If pain is permitted in our lives, God will use that pain to help us grow. He will never permit any pain that is not beneficial to our lives. At times God permits pain to bring us to the end of ourselves, so that we turn to Him to help us.

Through Biblical studies of the lives of Job, Joseph, David, and Paul, Kay Arthur shows us how God uses pain and suffering to help His children grow and put them in places where they can be of benefit to God's Kingdom. If we think God doesn't understand our pain, she shares how Jesus felt every kind of shame, rejection, hurt and pain that we experience. Kay also shares testimony from her life and the struggles and testimonies of others to encourage the reader to understand God's healing. Only when we take our problems to the Cross and turn them over to God can deep and significant healing occur.
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Noted Bible teacher and Precepts Ministries founder Kay Arthur has written a thought provoking and biblically based work entitled When the Hurt Runs Deep. This book takes a look what it means to suffer, the questions we have we enduring trials, and how the Bible offers answers to our deepest concerns. One of the great aspects of this book was the Healing Truth sections throughout the chapters. This little nuggets of truth distill some key foundational stones which every Christian can hold onto in times of distress. On p.94 the Healing Truth section says, "Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you have done, there is hope because there is God. He is a God of hope, redemption is his business." These truths are expounded in the text throughout each chapter.

Secondly, I thought that Kay opened herself up to allow the reader understand that she has been down the road of disappointment before. She tells of her first marriage ending in divorce and the "devastating experience" that was for her and her family (28). Yet, she uses these experiences as a way to relate how God used those times of great grief to bring her to saving faith. Kay goes through the Scriptures in this book to bring the reader great comfort in knowing that the Scripture are full of men and women who knew pain, who walked through the sorrow of defeat and hopelessness. Yet, Kay's message in this book is that hope is not lost, that at the foot of the cross Jesus has dealt with our suffering through his and he is able and willing to strengthen us in our time of great need.
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Overview: We have all experienced the heartache of devastating disappointments, crushed dreams and painful emotional blows that life can bring! Kay Arthur gives the reader insightful wisdom into how to overcome and be healed from a hurt that cuts deep into the heart.Kay Shares with her reader's real life situations of Christians and non-Christians, who have walked through painful times in their lives. She explains how God's divine healing and forgiveness sets a heart free from a painful past. She explains that your past does not determine your future!

My thoughts & comments: Kay Arthur gives you sound biblical advice and doesn't candy coat the message. She is a gifted bible teacher with a world renowned ministry. For all those that are looking for healing & answers to a hurt that runs deep, this book is filled with healing for the hurting and hope for the hopeless.
This book can also be used as a small group bible study. It contains a study guide located in the back of the book. It includes questions & answers that will help the reader heal and be made whole and move forward. Kay makes this statement in her book. "Nothing that has ever happened to you has escaped God's notice. You can trust that He will bring to account everyone who has hurt you, in His time and in His way"!

I really enjoyed this book because it spoke of how God can heal any hurt no matter how painful or how deep that hurt runs. If you are looking for a book that will help you to heal and understand God's unconditional love I highly recommend this book.

Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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