Not your typical book on hope.
People have long foraged for words that capture the idea that hope and adversity are not only connected, but intrinsically reliant on each other.
In contemporary thought, the idea of hope is often diluted to the false promise that we can live a trouble-free life, exempt from hardship and crises. Yet, generations before us would attest that it was these very trials and challenges that forged greatness in them. Hardship and hope together can do something for us that a problem-free life could never do.
In some ways, Job’s story is dark, but it is also so inspiring. I was captivated by the juxtaposition. In fact, what grabbed me – more than anything – was Job’s use of a simple metaphor: of hope being like a tree cut down that springs back to life at the scent of water. That phrase, the scent of water, crystallized in my thinking as a symbol of a much bigger idea: our greatest challenges in life are linked to our greatest growth.
Even if your entire life is cut down to a stump that looks dead, new branches will grow, new flowers will bud, and new life will spring.
In this unique and compelling book, you will discover the secret to weathering the storms of life, learn how to rise above daily imperfections, recognize where to turn in the midst of pain, know how to survive crises and come out better, understand how to lter worry and stress, and gain an ultimate perspective on every challenge you face in life.
You can end the quest for a trouble-free life, and harness every adversity to your advantage.
Launching in 2019 by Benjamin Windle
"Our greatest challenges in life are linked to our greatest growth."
About the Author
Benjamin Windle is an Australian-based author. His greatest joys in life are his wife Cindi and sons Houston, BJ, and Jameson. For more about the author, go to www.benjaminwindle.com.
“The typical way of telling Job’s story is to say a man lost everything, hadhope, and got back even more than he lost. But I’ve come to resist this version of the story.
I wanted to wrestle with the tensions of hope in homes, in marriages, and in relationships. I wanted it to be gritty and have some texture.
I also wanted to steer away from outcome-based hope that was reliant on my circumstances ending perfectly and my living a trouble-free life. The closer I looked, the more I saw the story of Job as an unresolved puzzle…” continued in book.
Endorsement by Dr Frank Damazio
Hope is one of the greatest needs of our generation. The message of this book will resonate with people who are facing adversity and storms in their life. Fear, uncertainty, pain, anxiety – these are the great tensions people are navigating in their lives all around the world. The Scent of Water is both practical and personal. Benjamin Windle writes from the heart. Each chapter contains an interesting weaving together of stories, research, and firsthand experiences to bring readers in on a conversation of hope.
On a human level – this book is impacting. Hope is in great demand in today’s world. Unfortunately, many people live out their fears and hurts in isolation. The Scent of Water reaches into the reality of people’s lives with an impacting message. Based on my many decades of being a pastor and mentor, I found the biblical approach in this book on hope both captivating and refreshing. It shines a light on the issues people grapple with, and delivers a message that will encourage and inspire the reader.
The central metaphor of the manuscript is that of a cut-down tree, a stump with no hope of ever sprouting again. It is a compelling picture of the state of many people’s lives. How can one find hope during hardship? This image is so descriptive of a life broken and desperate. The book then takes people on a journey to discover that even when our lives have pain, we can discover a hope that causes new growth and a new future.
This book opens the pathway to the healing of the soul. The broken soul can find wholeness. This is a helpful book to anyone who wants to find keys to thrive in the midst of anxiety, challenges, and trials.
Well done, Mr Windle!