Grace in the Valley
Awakening to God’s Presence When He Feels Far Away
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Perhaps no psalm is more widely known than Psalm 23. Spoken by David during a time of great stress and difficulty, it summons us to lie down in green pastures and walk thru the valley of the shadow of death. Yet so often it seems we do just the reverse, lying down in the valley and fixating on the danger, fear, and uncertainty. We wonder where God has gone and why he doesn't make things right, never considering that perhaps what we perceive as a spiritual trial is actually an invitation from God.
In this inspirational examination of Psalm 23, Heath Adamson asks the provocative question: What if the green pasture and valley of the shadow of death is the same place? Uncovering the rich historical and spiritual context of the shepherd's psalm, he explores how God has provided a place of rest for each of us, even in the times of unrest, uncertainty, moral ambiguity, and fear.
"Many Christians have memorized the words of Psalm 23, but do they truly understand their meaning? Heath Adamson reminds us of some of the familiar and surprising truths of this passage. After reading this book, you'll remember that even when you're in your valleys, God doesn't only provide comfort; he is alongside you with a perspective clearer than your own."
Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church
"Heath has the gift of bringing fresh insights to favorite passages. Grace in the Valley expands our vision of the shepherd who is with us and comforts us in all things."
Kara Powell, PhD, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and coauthor of Growing Young
"In my experience serving the poor and suffering and meeting needs around the world, I have experienced firsthand how hopelessness can imprison someone. You don't need to travel very far, however, to encounter someone whose experience doesn't line up with what they know to be true about God. He is good. He is loving. He is compassionate and near. Whether we identify with the poor and suffering who don't know where to turn or with someone in the suburbs who sits in quiet desperation, God is trustworthy even if our situation seems to give us a reason not to believe so. Heath Adamson is a trusted global voice, a close friend, and an emerging author I highly recommend. He has walked the valley of the shadow of death along with the rest of us. Let him summon you to dare to believe in God's goodness regardless of your experience."
Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope
"If we are the patients and verses of Scripture our medicine, then Psalm 23 is spiritual penicillin, a cure-all for the postmodern predicament. In Grace in the Valley, Heath Adamson wrestles through one of the Bible's most beloved and important passages, uncovering lost wisdom we all need to rediscover. In a time of increasing chaos, uncertainty, and fear, Adamson reminds us that God has a green pasture for us all, even in the midst of life's greatest battles."
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
"Anyone can see beauty from the mountaintop. Heath dares us to see beauty in the valley of shadows, where so many of us live so often. A must-read for all in suffering. Seeing light in darkness is our native birthright, and Heath eloquently points the way to that light. May we all have eyes to see beauty and light in valleys of our lives."
Ted Dekker, New York Times bestselling author
"Heath's fresh perspective on an old passage is a powerful look at painful places. His thoughtful rendering of Psalm 23 is a tangible reminder of hope. For anyone walking through a dark time, this book will remind you to take heart--because shadows serve to remind us that there's something beyond what we see. And that every place in our journey is filled with grace."
Rob Hoskins, president of OneHope Inc.