The thesis with this book is that hard times can either bring you closer to God or drive you farther from God. When bad things happen, it tends to be for one of two reasons: For instance, if you have a problem with patience, perhaps you will be put in situations where you have no choice but to develop that quality.
Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain: Uncover the Hidden Potential in Life's Most Common Struggles
This is where free will comes in. He doesn't "let" you get mugged, but if you trust Him, He can take your fear away. I don't think this would be a good book to read while you're going through difficult times although maybe that's just me; hearing about how God works in mysterious ways after my dad died made me want to hit people in the face but I think it'd be comforting to read after, once things are calming down a little.
I do have some issues with some of the things the authors said. First, as someone who's struggled with faith, I can tell you that atheists don't think that there's no point in being a good person in this life. You can be a moral or ethical person without believing in God. And really, isn't there something to be said for doing the right thing because it's the right thing, not 'cause you think God will smite you?
And second, they trotted out Carrie Prejean as an example of faith and not, say, prejudice. Yes, she has every right to believe whatever she wants. But let's not act like she isn't a bigot. And yes, it is the same thing.
Oct 31, Marilyn Magallanes rated it really liked it. This is a great helping book on finding a purpose beyond our pain instead of living forever within it. I have written notes and posted colored tabs on its pages as well as used a highlighter within every chapter of this book. The authors begin with the topic of pain as it relates to injustice and how easy it is to compare our lives to others' and oft times wrongly perceive injustice. Can we handle truth and why blame God; rejection and acceptance; loneliness and knowing yourself, loss and gain, failure and true success, death and resurrection hope, and many more topics Whatever you or your loved one might be dealing with these authors have addressed it as well as the steps to walk through it.
They give "practical application points" at the end of each section for understanding how to follow through. This is a wonderful book; one that you could easily read time and again as needed.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Nov 13, Mandy J. Finding purpose in the painful situations of life is something that more people need to be aware of and implement into their lives. I know that Dr. Henderson are trying to encourage others to do this, and that their intentions are good, but this book misses the mark of being Biblically accurate.
Early on they said that you can only love others as much as you love yourself and I highly disagree with that statement.
We can love others because God first loved us. Our love does not come Finding purpose in the painful situations of life is something that more people need to be aware of and implement into their lives. Our love does not come from us, it comes from Him. The book overall presents some good, and thought provoking ideas about pain in our lives. While this is good, the underlying teaching taking place is faulty and I recommend reading this book with great discernment or even skipping it to read The Problem of Pain by C.
Feb 17, Valerie rated it it was ok Shelves: The "common struggles" addressed are: The conclusion was very clear and concise.
They end the book with "two important truths to hold on to while you focus on the purpose beyond your pain: This book didn't deliver anything special to me. Had I read it years ago, my "take-away value" would have been more significant. May 19, Ann Louise Tisdale-Ramos rated it really liked it. If you want to feel "normal" for the pain you feel because it fits into some category, this is a great book. About half way through I realized that I did I not need the book to address what I was feeling and the ultimate purpose if picking a book like this.
Jan 24, Alisa rated it liked it Shelves: Basically goes over 7 "pains" we feel in our live that we can help use to make us become a greater person. My favorite section was on how our live and faith can be like a personal training program. Oct 20, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: Advance copy from Thomas Nelson.
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Jul 20, LaVonne Earl rated it it was amazing. Pain can often drag us into a black hole, learning that there is a higher purpose keeps one from losing their footing. Connie Rachow rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Josephine rated it it was amazing Mar 25, LaDonna rated it really liked it Nov 19, Jeremy rated it really liked it Jan 20, Vikki rated it liked it Jan 05, Susan B rated it liked it Jun 23, Dave Fullerton rated it liked it Mar 05, Janet Reeves rated it it was amazing Jun 15, Randy M rated it really liked it Dec 20, Bryn Hottman rated it it was ok Jan 08, Rebecca rated it really liked it Jul 16, Judy rated it really liked it Nov 08, Wendy C rated it really liked it Feb 20, Scott Thomson rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Gordon Cash rated it it was amazing Jul 02, Susan Buckner rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Shaina weiss is currently reading it Dec 02, Emily marked it as to-read Jun 24, Lyn Chiu added it Sep 20, Puretruths marked it as to-read Jan 28, Ryan Murphy marked it as to-read Apr 22, Ross Kunkler marked it as to-read Jun 01, Annette added it Jun 12, Tommy Thompson marked it as to-read Feb 24, Erina Galloway added it Jul 12, Priscilla Adan marked it as to-read Oct 13, Like I swallowed the moon and the stars and I just shine now!
Finding Purpose beyond our Pain. I hate suffering from depression.
It tangles me up in knots and causes great anguish in my life. And when I spend as much time alone as so often happens then I can fall into depression very quick. Then I question why this is happening to me. I am sure you have been there before. Wondering if your loved or cared for? Why do the things happen that we can not control? Just what is the path to win on the stuggle we have? In this timely book they explore the seven most common life challenges: Newer Post Older Post Home.