A study of the Christian understanding of suffering. Based on his own experience of hospice work and by talking to people who have suffered physical and emotional pain, the author enters the world of the sufferer and asks what difference it makes to have a Christian faith.A study of the Christian understanding of suffering. Based on his own experience of hospice work and by talking to people who have suffered physical and emotional pain, the author enters the world of the sufferer and asks what difference it makes to have a Christian faith.Read Less
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I would recommend this book, it is insightful and worthwhile. Pain is a subject we all experience and the book is encouraging.
Sep 24, 2009
not as easy a read as some P.Y. books
I had a hard time staying with this book, while I liked The Jesus I Never Knew so much I gave it to others, and read it twice myself.
It gives insight to the value of pain I never considered before.
I recommend it.
Feb 21, 2008
An honest look at life's difficult questions
Phillip Yancey is a student of pain. He has studied it under some true masters, like Dr Paul Brand, whose life long work was to be physician to lepers in India and Louisiana. From Dr Brand, whose patients biggest problem was that they could feel no pain, Yancey got his perspective. Yancey is a brilliant writer but beyond that he is totally honest. He admits his writing reflects his own search for peace inspite of the horrors that are too real in this world. He is also honest about the religious community frequent failure to be truly helpful when facing a suffering individual. If you want a book that looks pain squarely in the eye and deals with it, with no trite phrases and no sugar coating, you will appreciate this book. Yancey leaves one somehow strangely satisfied with the need for pain and the one answer God gives to help us through it. This book and others by Yancey helped me hang on through kidney failure and 2/12 years of dialysis until deliverance came. If you're struggling with suffering -your own or others -this book with truly meet you where you are.
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