Nashville, 2009, Nashville
Number of pages: 278
This is one of those books that I read too late in life. I wish I read this book when I was, like, twelve. You read this book and feel like it contains the secrets to the Universe. Simple. Profound. And not nearly as cliché as the previous sentences I've written.
"What if, instead of chasing after a pain-free life, we realized that pain is not the enemy? In fact, pain can be our ally if we allow it to lead us away from danger and toward the healing power of Christ," write the authors. What a concept. We spend so much time chasing happiness and trying to avoid pain that it takes most of a lifetime to learn that pain is the first step to healing. In fact, healing can't happen without pain.
There are three reasons why we miss the lessons that come from pain:
- we focus on our circumstances instead of God
- we have more fear of pain than we have fear of God
- we forget how faithful God has been in the past
Not only is there purpose beyond our pain, but there is purpose beyond your injustices. The authors list five:
- Remember your status.
- Always give thanks.
- What you see is not all you get.
- Justice deferred is not justice denied.
- Keep a record of rights.
The book is organized into seven parts exploring these concepts:
So don't ask. Here's a link to purchase your own copy.