About Into the Deep:
Develop enduring faith for the turbulent waters of life.
Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee sunny skies and smooth sailing. In fact, the waters of life are often tumultuous, crashing over us. Sometimes we can feel that we’re drowning in a sea of confusion, division, frustration, complacency, or disillusionment. We need more than a shallow faith to survive these deep waters.
Into the Deep is an invitation to dive headfirst into a life of courageous faith. With endearing warmth and authenticity, Lauren Gaskill shares how she and others have learned to swim with Jesus in the deep waters of life—facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, and chronic illness—only to discover a more authentic, enduring faith that cannot be shaken by circumstances. In addition to examining the character of God and the lives of women and men of the Bible who chose to dive deeper with God, she provides practical examples and tools that help us take our faith to the next level by learning to make decisions by faith alone, control our reactions to overwhelming situations, and live a life rooted in love.
Get ready to exchange fear and frustration for the boldness, courage, and holy confidence that lead to a life of deep faith and joy!
I loved reading Into the Deep. Gaskill writes as though she sits across from you at a coffee shop — very approachable and friendly, yet with authority. She knows of what she speaks. Her road has not been easy, by any stretch.
The book reads like a more approachable Brene Brown; I love what I’ve read of Brown’s works, but get lost in the weeds on occasion. Not so with Into the Deep. Refreshing, encouraging, honest, forthright, Gaskill doesn’t shy away from the hard things, but presses into them in search of — and finding — the good Creator and Physician.
I look forward to following Gaskill’s podcast and journey beyond the book. Her story doesn’t end here — nor do ours. Her perspective and diagnosis response encourage me to respond similarly in my own life.
I received a copy of the book as part of the blog tour with Read with Audra. All opinions are my own.
About Lauren Gaskill:
Lauren Gaskill is an author, speaker and host of the Finding Joy podcast and Finding Joy Ladies Night Out events. After being diagnosed with an incurable connective tissue disorder, Lauren made it her life mission to encourage others to fight for faith and find joy — no matter what life’s circumstances might bring.
Gaskill is a storyteller who believes stories are powerful and loves how God uses them for His good. She writes and speaks to motivate and inspire others to experience abundant life in Christ. She is particularly passionate about encouraging women to fight for faith and go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Gaskill also writes and speaks about what it looks like to walk with Jesus through pain and suffering.
She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.