This week’s free chapter download is titled Suffering, and it deals with the implications that suffering has on the life of a believer. Why evil or suffering exists is one of the hardest issues people have to deal with when they consider whether or not they can embrace the existence of God. And it’s a hard issue for the Christian too, one that becomes even more difficult in light of Scripture which calls suffering a gift from God.
This chapter has one of the better stories in the book (I’ll never forget the spider bite guy), but more importantly, it challenges us to deal with our own definition of what a good gift from God looks like. Thinking about these things has been transformational for my understanding of God, and I’ve been challenged to deal with the heart implications as well as the head ones.
If you’ve ever wrestled with how suffering fits in God’s purposes, this chapter may help give you a bit more to consider. You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.
Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter. You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below. You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.
May God grant us the grace to embrace His sovereign goodness in all things, including suffering. I hope you are challenged and strengthened by what you read.
Trembling Before His Good Gifts,