We Will Find Joy in the Midst of the Aching
When his oldest son was diagnosed with severe autism, pastor Jason Hague found himself trapped, stuck between perpetual sadness and a lower, safer kind of hope. This is the common struggle for those of us walking through the Land of Unanswered Prayer. Life doesn’t look the way we expected, so we seek to protect ourselves from further disappointment.
But God has a third path for us, beyond sadness or resignation: the way of aching joy. Christ himself is with us here, beckoning us toward the treasures hidden in the darkness.
Aching Joy is an honest psalm of hope for those walking between pain and promise: the aching of a broken world and the beauty of a loving God. In this place, rather than trying to dodge the pain, we choose to feel it all―and to see where Jesus is in the midst of struggle. And because we make that choice, we feel all the good that comes with it, too.
This is Jason’s story. This is your story. Come, find your joy within the aching.
- Inspiring story, spot on narrator
If you are a special needs parent or wish to understand the journey of special needs parents better, give “Aching Joy” a listen. You will laugh, cry, and ultimately be inspired. The book is full of scripture references that allow for deeper study on the subjects addressed. The narrator does a great job retelling the stories as if they were his own. This is an audio book I will listen to over and over again.
- An honest reflection through the ache and discovering joy on the flipside
As a fellow autism parent, I have anticipated this book for some time. Jason has always had a gift for touching readers through his transparency. The journey is not all sunshine and rainbows; rather, it is broken, tiresome, repetitive, leaving us sometimes to ask the question, "Why God?"
My favorite quote-among many, many more highlighted lines in my book!-is: "There is nothing more exhausting than the marathon charade of self-assurance." We think we can go it alone and we choose to because sometimes we feel God can't handle our sandpaper prayers. We'd rather He wave His magic wand and make it all align with what WE want, WHEN we want it.
Expectant hope is what I've discovered in the pages of this wonderfully written account of a man's honest reflection of his thought process, seeking and questioning God, all the while discovering the joy that surrounds him.