We live in truly challenging days. Covid 19 has changed our world and the way we live. Many are struggling with stress, anxiety & fears and are wondering how they will get through all this. The five D’s – discouragement, disappointment, disillusionment, despondency and despair – are very real. All of us experience these feelings at one time or another, but many feel overwhelmed by them.
So how do we combat these feelings and how can we develop courage when we are struggling? Sharing from his own experiences, Simon explores these questions and offers many helpful, practical and Bible-based solutions.
By the time you’ve read this honest and transparent book your faith will have been stirred, hope will have been renewed and strength will return to your walk with God. In fact if you don’t already know God, you may well discover Him within the pages of this book.
“Those who have read Simon Lawton’s first book, Imagine, will not be disappointed by Courage for the Discouraged. Biblical, inspirational and practical, Simon has packed years of pastoral and personal experience into this volume, and all to good effect. Read it as a daily devotional, a personal spiritual development handbook, or, if you preach regularly, as something to spark your preaching imagination. Or just read it for a bit of encouragement. It works on all those levels.”
Pastor James Glass, Elim regional leader, Scotland and Northwest England
“This is at heart a book of help and a book of hope. In a season of great uncertainty and anxiety, it speaks very practically, with honesty and insight. Simon’s confidence in God’s commitment to bring us through the challenges and struggles we all face is infectious. He encourages a way forward – rooted in the promises of God’s Word and a fresh rhythm of personal prayer – to live a deeper and renewed life in daily relationship with Christ.”
Chris Cartwright, General Superintendent. Elim churches
“Simon Lawton’s book helps us see that it’s not over until God says so, and as long as there is breath in our lungs there is hope. Courage for the Discouraged wasn’t just written by Simon’s pen and ink though; it’s been forged in the crucible of his own story. The hammer of hardships has hit the anvil of his life in so many ways. Yet every time he has gone through a trial, Simon has allowed God to use it. This is a book that will help those of us who know that our lives aren’t perfect, and that God’s plans can sometimes feel confusing, to see that God is always at work in our lives. Simon reminds us that we don’t need to understand God to trust him, and that in the end God wins.”
Rev Malcolm Duncan, pastor, author, theologian, broadcaster, FRSA
“How do we gain courage when discouraged? For those facing discouragement, a wealth of insight is available from the truths contained within this book. Simon skillfully shows that courage comes from doing the right thing at the right time. He shares biblical understanding that will help with the process of dealing with the discouragement that often arises from difficult life situations. I feel sure that the practical principles gained from his personal experience will equip readers in this challenging area, both now and in the future.”
Pastor Stephen Derbyshire, City Gates Church, Ilford, London
“Displaying humility and transparency, and writing with the heart of a true pastor, Simon Lawton has written a series of powerful encouragements that speak to an array of problems and disappointments we all may face in life. Using stories, scriptures and crafted prayers, Simon reveals a pathway through seasons of discouragement into a more blessed future. I highly recommend this book to all.”
David Peters, director at Spiritlife Ministries in Auckland
“Courage for the Discouraged is filled with bite-sized devotionals that carry large-scale impact. If you find yourself in a season of frustration, disillusionment, uncertainty, or even angry at God, then this book is an excellent tool to realign you to his truth. Filled with grace, saturated with scripture, and infused with the author’s testimony, you will find someone who has navigated challenging seasons himself and yet come out the other side with wisdom and tools to help others walk freely. If you need a dose of courage today, read this book!”
Jen Baker, author and speaker
“This book is like balm for the weary soul. Every section soothes the discouragement of the day and dispenses the medicinal power of hope where you need it most. I have no doubt that many people will be blessed and encouraged, both spiritually and emotionally, as they read Simon’s honest and helpful words.”
Cathy Madavan, speaker, broadcaster and author of Irrepressible: 12 Principles for a Courageous, Resilient and Fulfilling Life
Extremely helpful book urging us to walk through in faith. It has been a great blessing in hard times. Our faith is in a Person who cares.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I particularly liked the way that the author maintained the biblical thread supporting his comments and views. This places a strong dimension on the product. It is a book that will prove invaluable to not only new but also older Christians. A great read!
Just finished reading this book tonight. A great book filled with warming stories and challenging questions to consider.
A must read! What a journey. You will learn, identify and be inspired by this book to keep believing God has all the more. He is trustworthy and Faithful.
A great read, full of great insight in what it really means to “Trust in the Lord”. Encouraged me to dare to live a life like that!
A great book about what God can do in your life if you really trust Him and obey His calling. Written from the author's own personal experiences. A perfect book to hand out at churches and also to friends. This is a book that I would definitely pick up and read over and over again. Because I do believe in this generation we need that reminder to trust God in everything. “Imagine” what he could do it you just trust him. Thank you for such a great publish.
I loved the book. Its easy to understand and every chapter is underpinned with Gods word. The book directly speaks to you as you read it and the questions and challenges Simon poses really makes you think. The publishing of the book has come with impeccable timing as myself am faced with some big challenges but i am now going to Trust God with these like never before!!
I read this book while away on holiday which is actually a very good time to read it because you have time to absorb it. It’s full of practical advice and challenges. I found myself nodding and saying “yes, I agree with you, Simon”. It has challenged me in the areas I know I need to work on. I wholeheartedly agree that spending time in the presence of God, listening for his voice revolutionises my life and leaves me yearning for more of God’s spirit’s presence in my life, wanting to trust God more and more and follow the path he has given me.
An excellent book that really makes you think about what the possibilities are if we actually live as the Bible tells us to. If we have real Biblical faith. As a Pastor, I will be encouraging each person in my church to buy and read a copy of this book. It's highly recommended.
"Simon has written a great book here, full of practical wisdom, spiritual advice and testimony regarding what is possible with God, in whom we can place our faith and trust. Simon does not shrink from discussing deep issues and he shares his own journey with searing honesty, humility and grace. He is not afraid to discuss his own shortcomings, and God's intervention in his life has led him to a life of fulfilment, adventure and purpose. I would heartly recommend this book to anyone who wants to discover what is possible with God, and go on a journey of imagination to find out how far you can go if you place your trust in the one who is eminently trustworthy. Thank you Simon for sharing this book with us, and we look forward to your next writing."