Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
I read widely; because of the nature of my profession I read widely about pain and suffering. Some books are a blessing and others add to the burden.
Too often they contain secular philosophies that minimize or deny our divine connections. Others have psychologies that reduce our pain to warm-fuzzy banality. Worse yet are religious books that create empty lists of rules that either explain our pain as a consequence that can be blighted by good deeds or ones that explain it away in eternal language removed from the reality of real life.
I’ve read several books written by Max Lucado and I’ve liked them all, some more than others. When I approached You’ll Get Through This I was concerned that I would be disappointed. I was not.
Some readers won’t like it:
– They will ignore it because it’s written by a Christian.
– Others will ignore it; their worldview doesn’t allow for a God who tests followers
– Still others largely because their view of the “problem of evil” won’t allow it.
Joseph, the patriarch whose story is told in the biblical book of Genesis, endured trial after trial, “Yet,” Lucado states, “he never gave up. Bitterness never staked its claim. Anger never metastasized into hatred. His heart never hardened; his resolve never vanished. He not only survived; he thrived.”
“How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate.” It’s there in the book of Genesis and Max Lucado’s You’ll Get Through This expands our understanding: “You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.”
Lucado effectively links the ancient text of Genesis, relevant biblical principles and contemporary stories of people in pain who’re working through their challenges.
Of course, with a subject like the problem of pain and suffering there are no easy answers, so the book is incomplete, but that’s not the author’s fault. I enjoyed You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado and will recommend it to others.
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