A Place of Healing

Joni Eareckson Tada 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)!

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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