‘This isn’t a path at all,’ complains the little girl on the mountain track. ‘It’s all rocky and bumpy.’ Her brother replies,’Sure,the bumps are what you climb on.’ Christians do not always see the path which God has cleared for us. We face depression, doubt, pain, loneliness and disappointment. We cannot prevent crises from happening but we can use them as stepping stones to growth. This is a book of God-given optimism, of new hope for the discouraged. Warren Wiersbe is General Director of Back to the Bible Broadcast, Lincoln, Nebraska, and is author of two other IVP books WHY US? and GREAT CHRISTIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW.