I have recently began reading a new book release by Joni Eareckson Tada, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty. I have been incredibly encouraged by the biblical theology of suffering so faithfully brought forth by the author and challenged even in my own dealings with suffering and pain in this life. I highly recommend this book to those seeking to grow in their understanding of God’s purposes for their suffering.
Just to whet your appetite a bit, I will replicate below the titles contained in one of the many catalogues Tada provides of the benefits of suffering:
#1 – “Suffering Can Turn Us from a Dangerous Direction”
#2 – “Suffering Can Remind Us of Where Our True Strength Lies”
#3 – “Suffering Restores a Lost Beauty in Christ”
#4 – “Suffering Can Heighten Our Thirst for Christ”
#5 – “Suffering Can Increase Our Fruitfulness”
As you can see from the snippet above, Tada draws upon her life-long experience with pain and suffering (a quadriplegic for over 40 years) to offer hope and encouragement to those caught in the midst of the storms of life. I am currently reading a portion of this book to an elderly couple, struggling with all the pains and ailments that tend to accompany aging, and they have found it to be such a sweet source of encouragement and a much-needed reminder of God’s purpose and design for their suffering. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from such a biblical perspective of suffering, then I recommend this book to you (order here)!