Title: Courage, Dear Heart: Letters to a Weary World
Author: Rebecca K. Reynolds
Genre: Nonfiction – Christian life
Number of Pages: 206
Rebecca Reynolds writes a series of letters covering topics such as lonliness, suffering, fear, doubt, and brokenness.
This is probably the most difficult book I’ve ever read. Not difficult in the same way as a classic might be with hard-to-understand language. No, the writing was easy to understand. In fact, it was vivid, sometimes shocking.
Courage, Dear Heart is difficult in a different way. It basically gives you courage by taking you to look darkness in the eye. Reading it is like walking through a dark, scary tunnel, and then coming out the other end feeling like you’ve faced everything and now have no fear left.
Reading this was sometimes depressing and terrifying. Reynolds talks about the many trials and tragedies of this life and how deeply we suffer because of them. She offers no easy answers, but instead wrestles with difficult questions and brings a lot of clarity to them, even if sometimes we simply cannot know the answer.
The writing is amazing. Reynolds uses stunning imagery and metaphors. The Bible storytelling is brilliant and made me feel like I was there. The letters are thoughtful, intelligent, and coherent, and they made me see everything with a new perspective.
This book was so much more than I expected. I guess I expected a halftime pep talk instead of this—a walk through darkness. But I realize now that you can’t develop courage without facing a lot of darkness, and this book, while brutal in its examination of reality, still points out glimmers of bright hope along the way.
I scarcely have words for this book. It isn’t a favorite because it was fun to read. It’s a favorite because it was life-changing, and life-changing sometimes hurts a lot. Nothing I’ve said about it was meant to be negative. On the contrary. Sometimes, this is exactly the kind of book we need.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.