Strength for the Weary

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 20 Mar 2019

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I'm at a point in my life where I am wearing from my circumstances and health issues keeping me down. This book is water to my thirsty soul.
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So far this book as been amazing and a right word when it has been needed.  In my life, I am so weary and finding the strength is that hardest part.  Lacking each and every day only grows the weariness...I am thankful for a book that shows that I'm not alone and haven't been in the years.  Life is hard and tiring; but there is strength.
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I absolutely loved Derek W.H Thomas' book, designed to meet the weary soul where they are. In this book, we are brought to the well of Jesus, where we can find genuine rest. While this book was thought provoking, it was an encouragement the entire way through. I am so thankful for the opportunity to read, enjoy, and review this book. If you are struggling through life, definitely give this a read!
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There was a season in my life was weariness was all I knew. This book brought refreshment and release. The insight within this book is beyond amazing. There are references to both biblical standards and practical living.
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As someone who struggles with chronic illness, I am weary and need strength daily. Derek Thomas brings to life scripture and promises from the Lord to strengthen and sustain. A great read regardless of why or how you find yourself weary.
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No one has ever life was going to be easy. Even Jesus said in this world, you will have trouble (John 16:33). James tells us to consider it joy whenever, not if, we face trials of various kinds (James 1:2-4). The Christian life is full of trials not matter how long you have walked with Jesus. 

We can take comfort knowing that God is with us every step of the way no matter what life throws at us. Derek Thomas dives in the final chapters of Isaiah to encourage every believer who is going through a hard time in his latest book, Strength for the Weary. You have ever read or listened to Derek Thomas, you know this man loves the scriptures which is what points us to the One who gives us comfort, our Heavenly Father. 

Thomas reminds his readers that when life is falling apart, we can take comfort that God is in control. He is still on His throne. Just as God has not forgotten the people Isaiah was speaking to, He has not forgotten us and that is where we can take great comfort. Even as we go through difficulty, we must submit to God's authority and trust in Him. We also must be holy as He is holy.

One of the greatest comforts that Isaiah has given us is the coming Messiah. God has given us One who was stricken by Him so that we might have peace. What is great about the gospel is that it is a message that does not go away after we are saved. It is the message that resonates in our hearts even after we are saved and reminds us that God has not abandoned us. 

Thomas delivers a good book on encouragement which all of need from time to time because life does get hard. We need to remember that God is a God of comfort and He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
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The reason, or reasons that chapters 40-66 of Isaiah are corporately referred to as the Book of Consolation becomes very clear reading Strength for the Weary. A very appropriate title to a book which encourages, reassures, points to the reliability of God, and the hope He alone provides.
Derek W.H. Thomas provides 8 chapters, each with exposition of verses from Isaiah along with additional Scripture references that underpin his explainations.
I highly recommend this book to those who are feeling weary or in need of comfort, and also to all who wish to bathe in the truth of God's promises.....
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Great book to help people lift their eyes up out of the tiresome reality of living in a fallen world. This book is full of great truths and promises of God, and gives you many reasons to rejoice in and find refuge in Him. 
The book explains a lot of the second half of Isaiah, i was a bit disappointed it didn’t go into the fasting chapter, but hey, can’t write about everything. 
Larger review on my blog...
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5 Stars

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas explores the final chapters of Isaiah, laying out the remarkable promises that God makes to His people. In these pages, there is consolation in the struggles of this life and encouragement for the road ahead. The God of Comfort has promised to be with His people always.

Mr. Thomas offers a biblically solid book on Isaiah. He digs deep and teaches well, while still offering easy to understand material. The Old Testament is hard for many people, me included, but this book is a wonderful, in-depth look at the prophecy and promises found in Isaiah. He highlights the utter goodness of God found within the pages of the Bible.

Each chapter is chocked full of biblical insights, follow up questions and further bible references to do more studying independently.

I highly recommend this book.
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Strength for the Weary- Derek W H Thomas
Dr Derek Thomas is a reformed pastor and theologian. He leads First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina and is visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.
This book is the latest of many publications by Dr Thomas, being released on April 7th. It is based around the 2nd half of Isaiah and seeks to provide us with solutions in the scripture for when we feel worn, weary of burnt out.
I felt the author's strength was more in the theology than in the applications for ourselves. However, for me, that is fine. I found myself excited at finally being able to understand large portions of Isaiah which had previously been lost to me.
Thomas explains the scripture clearly, providing historical context and relating the passages to New Testament and other Old Testament stories. I found his explanations most illuminating and ate up the information.
Dr Thomas is more restrained in his personal applications, they are often just hinted at; later in the book they are more expansive. This did not spoil the book for me though, as his explanations of the scripture were so good it was easy to see how the passages applied to my situation.
I would happily recommend this book to any Christian, who is looking to grow.
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We are often hurting and weary in our journey of faith and this book speaks well to that. The author uses the last half of Isaiah to encourage us. These words were written for Israel at their time of exile giving hope for the future that God had for them and they speak to us today of the hope we have also, culminating in our future hope of live in His kingdom.
I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
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Received from netgalley. Was expecting something more spiritually uplifting so dnf'ed over halfway through.
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i received this book from net galley.co.uk and Reformation Trust.

This is an encouraging book focussing on the last chapters in the book of Isaiah. in the book Thomas brings out encouragement from a selection of passages in Isaiah in a devotional style, steeped in Scripture. It is a book that anyone walking the Christian life would do well to read as there will often be days of general discouragement as well as times of significant trial. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter on heaven which offered great encouragement and hope.
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