And Yet, Undaunted because …
Life is hard.
We often find ourselves walking through stories that don’t feel like they should be ours. And yet here we are. We wonder where our good God is in the midst of it.
But we are not left without hope. In fact—we have the greatest hope of all. Through vulnerable stories and rich insight, Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam point to the Larger Story that carries all the anxiety, longing, and beauty of your life. The backdrop of the big gospel story—creation (how life ought to be), the fall (how life is), redemption (how life can be), and restoration (how life will be one day)—gives context to our lives and hope for walking forward. The grand story of the gospel of Jesus Christ frames our every step.
Discover renewed strength and joy in the middle of your ache…and the goodness of God that will give you the courage to remain yet undaunted.
Paula has been speaking and writing on women’s issues for more than 25 years. She is a marriage and family therapist. Her books include the best-selling Strong Women, Soft Hearts and Sex and the Soul of a Woman. Paula and her husband have two children and six grandchildren. They make their home in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Connally serves with the U. S. Navigators. The author of Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect, she is a frequent speaker on sexuality, gender, race, and the unremitting goodness of God found in Jesus Christ. She holds an MA in Theological Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. Connally has seven nieces and nephews and is a Godmother to five. She lives in Charlottesville, Virgina.
What People Are Saying
I’ve been a fan of Paula Rinehart since my twenties. Her ability to combine sound, biblical theology with her sensitivity as a counselor is remarkable. This book is no exception—it’s a must-read for anyone seeking to make sense of their story in light of God’s greater story.
Laura Story, singer-songwriter
These women’s sage words are a beacon for those of us desperate to find Him within the chaos, and the ache and uncertainty of our lives.
Sara Hagerty, bestselling author of Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves To Be Noticed and Every Bitter Thing is Sweet
If life has turned out differently from what you expected, read this book. Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam skillfully write about our longings, our realities, our disappointments, and our hope for a life that’s more perfect. And Yet, Undaunted will take you into a deeper understanding of God’s Larger Story. This book is powerful, thought provoking, unsettling (in a good way), and chock full of biblical wisdom. Don’t miss it!
Carol Kent, speaker and author of When I Lay My Isaac Down
Sharing stories from their own lives, Paula and Connally invite us to see the gospel at work, redeeming our broken lives and offering us hope we can cling to when we encounter our own sinfulness, unfulfilled dreams, and deepest losses. Tears and hope mingle in these pages, a gift to their readers.
Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn, assistant professor of New Testament Studies at Regent College
It’s rare to find a book that encompasses gorgeous writing, authentic and hopeful storytelling, and sound biblical truth, yet Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam have pulled it off in their book, And Yet, Undaunted. If you have been longing for something more in life, pick up this book and get ready to discover what C. S. Lewis once observed: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
Dr. Joel S. Woodruff, president of the C. S. Lewis Institute
As a woman who has endured the loss of my marriage, home, financial security, and the future I’d imagined for myself and my kids, I connect deeply with the suggestion that the realities of our lives often don’t match our longings. I love this new collaboration between two people walking different paths and finding the same truth: that our longings are arrows pointing us to the beauty and joy God always intended for us.
Christa Wells, singer-songwriter
Sooner or later, and not without pain, we all come to realize that the world is not as it ought to be. We are also not as we should be. This book exposes our longings for a better world and then points us forward to the way things can and will be redeemed by Jesus Christ. Sharing openly about their own lives, Paula and Connally invite us to do the same and live not our best life now but our real life now.
Bruce Hindmarsh, DPhil, FRHistS, James M. Houston professor of Spiritual Theology and professor of the History of Christianity, Regent College
Hopeful and tender, And Yet, Undaunted is for anyone whose life hasn’t turned out as planned or who yearns for something more. With remarkable candor and insight, the authors tell their own stories of loss and longing, asking the question we all secretly wonder: Is God really good? Their answer, underscored throughout the pages of this book, brought me to a new understanding of my own story and God’s redemptive power in it. I highly recommend this book!
Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author of The Scars that Have Shaped Me
Connally and Paula’s writing makes my heart ache—ache for the way things ought to be and ache for the way things will, one day, be—all while dignifying the longing, disappointment, and suffering wrapped up in the now. I am so grateful for these two women: for their wisdom, honesty, and call to hopeful courage. This book will faithfully point you to Jesus as you are drawn in to engage with the deep longings and questions rumbling inside your heart.
Jen Guzi, women’s leadership development, Hope Community Church
“With deep empathy and candor about their own journeys, Connally and Paula diagnose the malaise that plagues so many modern Christians: we are living with unfulfilled longings. Their prescription is as counter-intuitive as it is freeing- embrace the longings as an unexpected journey with and to God as He shows us our unique place in a much larger story that is unfolding according to His will.”
Tracy Elizabeth, Senior Vice President, Teach for America
This wise, beautiful book will undoubtedly serve as a guide and friend through the dark valleys of life, a balm and a spur to those weighed down with regret, disappointment, and unmet longing. And Yet Undaunted shows the possibilities of courage and joy in our life story, by pointing at the larger story – what ought to be, what is, what can and will be – and the ways in which Love himself unites the plot and pervades each scene.
Cherie Harder, President, The Trinity Forum