Those Who Wait: Finding God In Disappointment, Doubt, And Delay

Those Who Wait: Finding God In Disappointment, Doubt, And Delay

by Tanya Marlow


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Everyone is waiting for something: a bus; a spouse; better health; a fresh chance; a true home. Ultimately, we're waiting for Christ to return and the world to be put right.

Waiting is hard. What if the Bible is more honest than we are? What if our struggle with waiting has spiritual value?

Follow the lives of four Bible heroes who struggled with waiting: Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Mary. Written like a gripping novel, we encounter the wonder of the Bible afresh. Those Who Wait provides empathy, purpose, and perspective for those mired in doubt and disappointment.

Includes six Bible studies, plus creative exercises and reflective questions. Perfect for personal devotion or church group discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910786864
Publisher: Malcolm Down Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Formerly a lecturer in biblical theology, Tanya Marlow is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. She is the author of Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty (2015) and a contributor to Soul Bare (IVP, 2016). You can find her in a vicarage in Devon, England via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold,

Table of Contents

Foreword Addie Zierman 9

Introduction Chapters

1 The Wait of the World 12

2 How to Use this Book 20

3 To Begin - The Clock 22

4 Trigger Warning (infertility, rape) 24

Section 1 Sarah's Story: Dealing with Disappointment - Waiting for Joy

Prelude to Sarah Page 26

1 The Call (Genesis 12:1-9) 27

2 The Fear (Genesis 12:10-20) 31

3 The Longing (Genesis 17:1-27) 37

4 The Visitors (Genesis 18:1-15) 41

5 The Laughter (Genesis 21:1-7) 46

6 Sarah - General Reflections 49

Section 2 Isaiah's Story: Dealing with Delay - Waiting for Justice and Peace

Prelude to Isaiah 54

1 How Long, O Lord? (Isaiah 6:1-13) 55

2 The Short Wait for Immanuel (Isaiah 7:1-25) 61

3 Baz and the Short Wait for War (Isaiah 8:1-18) 67

4 The Long Wait for Light (Isaiah 9:1-7) 73

5 The Long Wait for Peace (Isaiah 10:33-11:9) 78

6 Isaiah - General Reflections 83

Section 3 John the Baptist's Story: Dealing with Doubt - Waiting for Your Life's Calling

Prelude to John the Baptist Page 88

1 The Disappointment (Luke 1:57-80) 89

2 The Destroyer (Luke 3:1-14) 94

3 The Doubter (Luke 3:15-22) 98

4 The Greatest (Matthew 11:2-15) 103

5 The Least (Mark 6:17-29) 108

6 John - General Reflections 113

Section 4 Mary, Mother of Jesus' Story: Dealing with Disgrace - Waiting for Jesus

Prelude to Mary Page 118

1 When Heaven Waits (Luke 1:26-38) 119

2 Waiting for Reassurance (Luke 1:39-56) 124

3 Waiting for Mercy (Matthew 1:18-25) 130

4 Waiting to Arrive (Luke 2:1-7) 135

5 Waiting for the Pain to Stop (Luke 2:7, Romans 8:18-26) 140

6 Mary - General Reflections 144

Section 5 The God Who Waits

1 The God Who Waits 148

2 A Benediction for Those Who Wait 155

3 A Benediction for Times of Advent 157

4 Whole Book - Summary and Reflections 159

Appendix A Theological Choices and Historical Notes

1 Notes for Sarah's Story 164

2 Notes for Isaiah's Story 170

3 Notes for John's Story 180

4 Notes for Mary's Story 184

Appendix B Six Bible Studies

How to use the Bible Studies 190

1 The Wait of the World 192

Being Patient - James 5:7-11

2 Sarah 196

Scarred Souls and Hospitable Hearts - Genesis 18:1-15

3 Isaiah 201

How Long, O Lord? - Isaiah 6:1-13

4 John the Baptist 206

Receiving Your Life as a Gift - John 3:22-30

5 Mary 210

Belonging and Isolation - Luke 1:39-55

6 The God Who Waits 214

We Do Not Groan Alone - Romans 8:18-28

Select Bibliography 217

Acknowledgements 219

About the Author 223

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Those Who Wait: Finding God In Disappointment, Doubt, And Delay 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AmplifyHope 4 months ago
There are so many things we wait for in our walk of faith. Ups and downs. Highs and lows. In this devotional style book, Tanya weaves stories of faith heroes of the Bible and encouragement throughout this book for us who are in the waiting now. There are questions you can ponder after reader as well as prayers you can recite when your own words may fail you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of devotional type books with questions, mostly because I usually find the chapters to be a repetition of all the other things I've heard about that Bible story over a year of church going, and because the questions are rarely that thought provoking. This book is different, though. Ms. Marlow tells the stories of four different Bible characters in dramatic retellings that make them feel more real than I've ever thought of them. My very favorite part was John the Baptist. I confess that I have never really liked John. Too strange and ascetic and stoic. But this book...this book utterly changed that for me. Reading about John's wait in prison while he wondered what Jesus would say in response to his questions, and reading Jesus' answer in the way John would have heard it was such a moment of understanding for what John must have gone through. Highly recommend this for anyone who is waiting for things that feel like they may never come, and anyone needing to see the Bible characters with fresh eyes.