When Suffering Is Redemptive: Stories of How Anguish and Pain Accomplish God's Mission

When Suffering Is Redemptive: Stories of How Anguish and Pain Accomplish God's Mission

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When Suffering Is Redemptive offers hope when life is difficult. The eight stories of this book do not seek to explain the why of suffering, but rather present ways that God transforms and redeems suffering-particularly how suffering leads to ministry opportunities. Though the stories are personal and sometimes difficult to tell, the authors are transparent with their struggles and honest in their questions. Yet they have not lost sight of Christ and his purpose for their lives. This book will challenge readers to develop a richer sense of God's sustaining grace in the midst of suffering and disability, hopefully resulting in the compassionate involvement of church ministries with those who are in the trenches of their own personal pain or struggles. Along with the personal stories, this book includes discussion questions and suggested resources at the end of each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683591931
Publisher: Lexham Press
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Larry J. Waters (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the editor of Why, O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church (Crossway). He is Professor of Bible Exposition, and Lead Editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, the academic journal for Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty of Dallas, he and his wife, Mary, served as missionaries in the Philippines from 1973 to 1999. His worldwide ministry continues, primarily in the Philippines with Biblical Education by Extension World Missions. Dr. Waters and his wife enjoy time with their two daughters and sons-in-law and their five grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

1 Redeeming the Worst Pain Known to Medical Science: My Suffering and the Mission of God Larry J. Waters 1

2 Redeeming a Life of Paralysis: Broken Wholeness Mark R. Talbot 25

3 Redeeming Chronic Pain: When Surgery Fails Mark McGinniss 51

4 Redeeming Disability: Parenting a Child with Special Needs Mary Klentzman 67

5 Redeeming Trauma: The Trials and Triumphs of Emergency Responders Steve Calvert 85

6 Redeeming the Loss of a Spouse: God's Crucible of Affliction Rick Rood 103

7 Redeeming the Homeless: One Man's Experience and Vision Wayne Walker 119

8 Redeeming a Life after Suicide: The New Normal Bill Bryan 139

Contributors 152

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