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J. Bennett Easterling seeks to comfort those dealing with the COVID-19 virus in God Speaks into Darkness: Spiritual Perspectives for Troubled Times. During dark days, Christians can gain comfort from spending time with their heavenly Father. In this book, Bennett shares his thoughts on several of the Psalms of comfort. Going through dark days leaves people feeling alone and vulnerable. By bringing the Psalms to life, Bennett reminds us that we are never alone, and we are not the first nor the only one to go through dark and deep valleys. Even in the gloom of the virus, God, through the Psalms, brings hope, comfort, and peace. Using God’s Word sheds a different light on disasters and allows us to keep hope and faith alive. Bennet encourages his readers to look to Jesus for strength, comfort, and courage.
J. Bennett Easterling authored God Speaks into Darkness to bring hope to the current doom of the COVID-19 pandemic. He shares devotions taken from the book of Psalms to encourage his readers. Bennett designed this book to increase one’s faith and remind the reader that God is still in control. The pandemic has isolated most people, and loneliness brings about depression. Using the Psalms tends to bring joy back into a person’s life. The pandemic has included its own set of stressors, and Bennett has thought them through. He gives comforting words and helps the reader look beyond the pandemic to God who is in control. Bennett writes in a devotional style that is easy to understand.