Thursday, May 18, 2023

Good Catastrophe: The Tide-Turning Power of Hope by Benjamin Windle: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Good Catastrophe is your blueprint for finding your way out of pain. It is an atypical, no holds barred message of redemptive hope that will breathe new sunshine into your soul. 

We need to rebrand hope. The era of everything in our lives fitting neatly in a box is done. That world is over. We need hope—but we need a hope that is robust enough to speak to 
real life. 

Imagine the tide turning on your greatest challenges and problems. In a gritty and unique take on the story of Job, Benjamin Windle shows that flourishing does not come from a life devoid of loneliness, trauma, and anxiety. It's one lived with hope engineered for adversity.

Along with Job's story, he pulls from J. R. R. Tolkien's fascinating concept of "eucatastrophe," showing that your greatest good starts at your point of deepest pain. True hope is not hype. It's not pretending that everything is fine. Hardship, not perfection, is the starting point of hope.

Discover the secret to weathering life's storms, learn how to rise above daily imperfections, find out how to survive crises and come out better, and gain an ultimate perspective on every challenge you face in life.

Benjamin Windle is an innovative and empathic author and speaker. As a pastor for over twenty years, he's walked with many people through the dark shadows and valleys of the human experience. He has dedicated his life to helping people overcome life's challenges by growing deeper in their faith and reaching higher in life.
Benjamin is a new-generation content creator for some of the most respected Christian brands in the world. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Cindi, and they have three sons. For more about the author, go to

One of the sad realities of life is that at times... it's not going to go well! We will all face difficult circumstances in our lives at one point or another. There is perhaps no better Bible illustration better to show faith in the midst of suffering (and to remind us that we are not alone in such) is Job. Good Catastrophe takes a look at the book of Job, as well as providing personal stories and taking a look at Tolkien's concept of eucatastrophe as well. I have read many books on the topic of hard times over the years but would definitely say this sets it apart from others. I appreciate the author being open and honest about some of the difficulties that he has personally faced in life, as I think that adds a layer of relatability to it as well. Not all of the stories talked about end the best, but this is true in life as well. 

If you're struggling with hard times or even are just looking to go a little deeper into the book of Job, this is one worth checking out. 


Post a Comment

"Pleasant words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul and health to the bones." Proverbs 16:24