The gospel is not just an evangelistic principal; it is a message that gets you out of bed in the morning. The sovereignty of God is not some debatable proposition; it is the assurance that your child's death is not a meaningless accident. Grace is not simply a word in a hymn; it's the very thing you rely on when you are so bereaved that you cannot imagine living another day. Faith is not just a cliche term for religion; it is the thing that picks you up off the carpet where you have been crying for over an hour.
– Cameron Cole
About the Episode
In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author Cameron Cole about living through your worst nightmare and his book, Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in TragedyCameron shares about the sudden death of his 3-year-old son, some of the raw emotions and thoughts that arise when facing unexpected bereavement, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ comforts and sustains in times of excruciating grief. He also addresses the harmful mentalities Christians can mistakenly adopt during the grieving process and encourages mourners to cling to God's provisional grace to make it through impossible days.
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Podcast offers interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics regarding life’s challenging problems. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling, and sin with courage and grace.. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
About the Guest
Cameron Cole (MA, Wake Forest University) serves as director of children, youth, and family at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the chairman of Rooted, a ministry dedicated to fostering gospel-centered student ministry. He is the coeditor of Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry and the author of Therefore I Have Hope.
About the Book
Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, & Redeem in Tragedy • Winner of WORLD's 2018 Book of the Year Award for Accessible Theology

"This book will be of such immense encouragement and help, not just because it’s hopeful but because it’s human." Jen Pollock Michel, author, Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

"Throughout the journey of my worst nightmare—my descent into a dark, sad valley—the Holy Spirit would remind me of truths that comforted my soul and sustained my life."

After the sudden death of their three-year-old son, Cameron Cole and his wife found themselves clinging to Christ through twelve key theological truths—truths that became their lifeline in the midst of unthinkable grief. Weaving together their own story of tragic loss and abiding faith, Cole explores these twelve life-giving truths to offer hope and comfort to those in the midst of tragedy.  
Helpful Articles from Cameron
What I Misunderstood About Grief
The real sense of loss that undergirds all the pain, disappointment, and grief in this life has been reversed through the gospel and will be enjoyed—fully and forever—in the age to come. Jesus will recover all of the fallout from Adam and Eve’s demise.
The Joy That Lies Behind: One Place to Look When Tragedy Strikes
Finding joy in Christ in the midst of suffering happens when we rediscover the presence of God in suffering. In a sense, joy is a gift from God to reassure us of the truth of his promises and the reality of his presence. Finding this joy, however, can be easy in theory and hard in practice.
We Take the Next Step: How Grace Arrives in Unexpected Tragedy
If you find yourself living in dread of the “what ifs,” know that God in the person of Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit will be with you in the darkness. You will not be ruined. And if you are presently in the darkness, God has manna for you.
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About Your Host
Christine M. Chappell
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart, Help! My Teen is Depressed, and the host of IBCD's Hope + Help Podcast. She is passionate about advocating for biblical one-another care and discipleship in the context of the local church. Her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Servants of Grace, and other Christian platforms. Christine blogs regularly at and lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children.
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