Journey of Desire was written by John the year after his best friend Brent tragically died in a rock climbing accident. Beautifully interwoven throughout the book is the journey that John went through in his thought processes during that year. The book discusses how God has given us desires and how to keep desire alive in the process of life and all the hardships life throws our way. It acknowledges that sometimes it is way easier to curl up and stop caring. But it also tenderly speaks to the truth of who God is and what He desires for our lives and while acknowledging the pain it challenges us to keep going. Unlike the book I read earlier this year Why is God Ignoring Me?, I truly believe this book acknowledges and is comfortable with the depth of pain that people can be in and tenderly calls us forth to life again.
I believe this book is a tool of the ministry of Jesus described in Matthew 12:20:
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
Finally, I believe this book is a great book to do with a friend or a group. There is so much in it, that I believe for you to receive the fullness of it, you should be discussing it with others as you go through.