Be Encouraged. You Are Not in the Darkness Alone
Now more than ever, we all face trying situations. The hope we need and hunger for is not a strategy or state of mind, but faith in Jesus. He stands secure for us in the face of every trial, from loss to sickness to injustice. Through 20 short prayers, 10 personal stories of miraculous transformations, and Biblical teachings, Hope in 60 Seconds will help you take the first steps towards a journey of security in the hope of Jesus.
“At twenty-one, I was as far from hopeful as anyone could get. Maybe as far as you are now.”
These are the words of Cristina Baker as she considered her traumatic life: from childhood abuse to troubled teen years, to a descent into substance abuse, she resonates with a lost world who understands first-hand how easy it is to lose hope. Then, just as she was about to go to jail for drug possession, the Hero of Hope, Jesus Christ, came into her life and set her on a completely new path.
Cristina Baker is a content creator for Jesus. With over 828,000 followers on Tik Tok and over 42,000 followers on Instagram, she has been following her calling to preach the gospel on social media to the unreached on the internet. And now, she has written a book that draws from her personal life to withstand adversity and thrive in God’s love after experiencing abuse, sickness, shame, death, addiction, and incarceration.
I was sitting in the back of a police car the night my entire world came crashing down. A self-proclaimed atheist, that night, I prayed what I believe was my first prayer, “Why are You doing this to me?”
I had no clue that the God of all creation was getting ready to answer my prayer. It wasn’t Him doing anything to me, it was actually HIM saving me. Saving me from a life of darkness, addiction, confusion, and deep-rooted pain.
God loves to take what the enemy meant for evil against us and turn it for our good. And even though I didn’t know it yet, I was about to find out what this really meant firsthand, the night I got arrested.
I’m so thankful the police officer pulled me over that day because it set me on the road to finally meet the King.
God will take your darkest hour and make it work for your good and for His glory.
I wrote this book to pull the curtain back on the darkest moments in my life when Jesus, the Hero of hope, came in and revealed Himself to me as my Savior, Deliverer, Healer, and King.
Sometimes you just have to watch someone go through a dark season to know that what He did for me, He will do for you. From homelessness, addiction, a brain tumor diagnosis, and death, my prayer is that His breakthrough in my own life would become yours.
If you are weary and doubting, Cristina understands. Hope in 60 Seconds will help you to:
- Be encouraged and empowered by someone who has been in a similar place of discouragement and discovered Christ’s authority and love,
- Learn how Jesus establishes hope and begin to experience it first-hand in the darkest of circumstances,
- Grow in your ability to connect with Jesus and find the hope you have longed for all of your life, and
- Prove that a connection with Jesus is the ultimate source of hope.
“One day we are headed in a completely wrong direction, and all hope has been lost, but then all of a sudden, God steps on the scene and intervenes, and everything changes. God of all creation steps into time, and with the swift move of His hand, He changes the course of our lives.”
I want to encourage you to read this book, especially if you lack hope or feel like you’re at rock bottom. This book shows how much God loves us and continually pursues us, no matter how far we’ve fallen. We’re never too far from Him. Even though we may feel unseen, unheard, or too far gone … Jesus sees us, hears us, and loves us! This book is a good reminder that our lives drastically change when we open up our hearts and lives to Jesus. I loved how this book shows how the Lord will meet us at every turn, and will continually lift us up and guide us as He heals our hearts and draws us nearer to Him. I especially loved the chapter on forgiveness.
“We find hope in the Lord when we call on the name of Jesus. He stretches out His hand and pulls us out of the pit of despair. He touches us—grabs hold of our hearts. Jesus sympathizes with us when no one else can. He wants us when no one else does. When the rest of the world turns their backs on you, He always turns His face toward you. He desires you.”
I think this book not only offers hope to the hopeless but also encourages others who’ve had similar experiences of how God’s love pulled them out of a bottomless pit and radically changed their lives to share their testimony with others. I think testimonies are powerful and are not shared enough. I’ve had many similar experiences as Cristina and have always felt ashamed and discouraged to share with others. But I’ve always felt that with so many people who are hurting and feeling alone, why wouldn’t we share what the Lord has done for us – it may just be what their hearts need to hear at that moment. These “me too” experiences may be what the Holy Spirit uses to open their hearts and bring fresh hope and strong faith to believe in miracles for their lives and others. Prayer changes things, and I’m a true believer that if He did it for me, He will do it for you.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.Hebrews 13:8
I encourage all of you to GET THIS BOOK, and please send this to a friend looking for a book to change their life!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cristina Baker has made it her mission to help people experience intimacy in their relationship with Jesus. Her video content on social media has inspired those in a season of darkness to find hope and discover the power of prayer. Cristina lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, their teenage son, and three dogs.
Learn more about Cristina HERE
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Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, however, I received Hope in 60 seconds from Front Gate Media for review.