In the beautifully illustrated, readily available print on demand devotional Darkness is as Light, twenty-two established and emerging Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant women authors bear witness to help readers see God with them in suffering, recognize hope in the hardest of experiences, and learn to reach sideways in the darkness to those companions who are alongside them in their struggles.
A Compassionate Women’s Devotional for Persisting in Hard Places
—SUGAR LAND, TX – September 30, 2020—
Every Christian woman encounters resistance to knowing God during times of trial, whether from external sources like death, abuse, illness, and the economy, or from her inner struggles for holiness in the context of a womanly body. While most devotionals avoid talking about the hard places in life, Darkness is as Light highlights moments of revelation and companionship with God and the saints in the midst of suffering.
In nine weeks of narrative devotions, twenty-two faithful Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Christian women bear witness to God with them in hard places. These insightful stories grounded in scripture and tradition hold out hope to women going through difficult times, including:
- Surviving spousal abuse
- Surviving childhood abuse
- Suffering miscarriages
- Enduring poverty
- Going through depression
- Experiencing grief
- Feeling shamed
- Learning to revive after prolonged caretaking
- Living with illnesses and disabilities
- Being overcome by bodily processes
- Feeling out of control
- Questioning God
Darkness is as Light is a poignant gift for readers in times of hardship who need a reminder that God sees them and is with them in their suffering. It empowers those who feel lost in their mourning, burdens, or shame to know that they are not alone and to recognize the healing, freeing presence of Christ right where they are. Inside you’ll find:
- High contrast illustrations inspired by Gothic Christian women mystics
- Poetry to introduce each week of devotions
- Themes drawn from traditional women’s spirituality that pairs joy and suffering: Provision, Sweetness, Healing, Death, Balm, Help, Trial, Consolation, and Closeness
When we experience suffering, it can be easy to think that we are caught in a closed net of loneliness and isolation. Though we will inevitably encounter hardship, Darkness is as Light bears witness to the freedom we have in Christ even in the midst of our struggles, for our darkness is as light to God.
ISBN: 978-1-953427-00-7 Imprint: Park End Books On Sale: 2020-10-16
Pages: 191 List Price: $15.99 Publisher: Park End Books
Publication Date: 2020-10-16 Trim Size: 5.5”x 8.5” LCCN: 2020917853
Category 1: Religion – Christian Living – Devotional
Category 2: Religion – Christian Living -Personal Growth
From the Description
Darkness is as Light is a Christian women’s devotional for persisting in hard places. Inspired by the Gothic Christian women mystics, this unapologetically womanly devotional is written for the succor and encouragement of women going through hard times, by women who have experienced God’s presence in suffering. Readers will recognize God in every entry by the way each woman met Him in her darkness.
This nine-week devotional is a perfect length for persisting through the fall and winter holiday season or any season of hardship. In Darkness is as Light, twenty-two women authors-Orthodox, Catholic, and saint-venerating Protestant-bear witness without pulling their punches, without tidying away their womanhood, their vulnerability, their bravery, or their womb-deep understanding of how God fills all things and redeems suffering with joy-if one can wait. This timely volume taps into the timelessness of Gothic women’s faith that was richly reliant upon God and expected God to be with women in suffering. These modern Gothic devotions reach out to the untamed woman, the lost woman, the too-much woman, the woman who loves and hurts, the woman who grieves and hopes, who desires and disciplines herself to receive God. The Gothic faith shared in clear, crisp narrative reflections in these pages can reach the woman who doesn’t have her life together or a quip to summarize her love; God’s presence is enough of a moral to her story.
With illustrations reminiscent of the work of Gothic women mystics and poetry to begin each week of reflection, Darkness is as Light explores with beauty the hardest places where women meet God.
On Sale October 16, 2020 wherever books are sold.
When you purchase a copy of Darkness is as Light, Park End Books will donate 10% of the proceeds to our local women’s and children’s shelter, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, out of gratitude for their work and because they once sheltered Summer Kinard, our Senior Editor, when she was a teen.
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