By Elisabeth Elliot
Anguish isn't really for not anything. needs to we stumble via sorrow and tragedy with out knowing or is there a lighted way-a path-through affliction? Elisabeth Elliot plots the treacherous passage via soreness, grief, and loss, a trip so much people will make repeatedly in our existence. via all of it, she says, there's just one trustworthy direction, and should you stroll it, you can find the transformation of your entire losses, heartbreaks, and tragedies into whatever robust and useful. during this powerfully relocating e-book, Elisabeth Elliot doesn't hesitate to invite difficult questions, to envision tenderly the hurts we undergo, and to discover boldly the character of a God whose sovereign take care of us is so intimate and excellent that he counfound our finite knowing. A course although ache is a ebook for somebody trying to find religion, convenience, and coverage. it truly is a good publication concerning the means our merciful God attracts us just about himself and expands our ability for hand over and obedience so that we would ultimately proportion in his resurrection glory.
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Extra info for A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God's Mercy and Our Pain
Hardly a day closes without news of a broken marriage or broken health for someone we know. "Supposing you eliminated suffering," wrote Malcolm Muggeridge, "what a dreadful place the world would be! because everything that corrects the tendency of man to feel overimportant and over-pleased with himself would disappear. " Although the Book of job settles the question of whether man's suffering is always punishment for evil-it isn't, since God Himself called job a blameless 5/30/2011 8:08 PM A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relati...
While the patience of job is often spoken of, he has never impressed me as being particularly patient but he was particularly faithful, even though he had none of the New Testament explanations of suffering (branches must be pruned, thorns are necessary, gold must be refined, we share in the sufferings of Christ, and other reasons, about which more later). To us who have the New Testament, it would seem that job had very little to go on, yet he kept on talking to God. Later there was the story of Gideon.
It is conformity to that image that God is working on all the time, and what an encouragement to me it is to know that He is not going to give up on me until it is accomplished! We shall be like Him. That is His promise. A spiritual outlook brings peace. "Those who live on the level of our lower nature have their outlook formed by it, and that spells death; but those who live on the level of the spirit have the spiritual outlook, and that is life and peace.... You are on the spiritual level, if only God's Spirit dwells within you; and if a man does not possess the Spirit of Christ, he is no Christian" (Rom 8:5-6, 9).
A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God's Mercy and Our Pain by Elisabeth Elliot