John MacArthur does an outstanding job explaining and showing how suffering is and always has been part of the Christian experience. He reminds us that this is not a curse, but is in some eat an honor to be endured joyfully.
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I've been going through a period of extended suffering and when I saw this book it appealed to me. However, it was apparently written by someone who's never truly suffered and/or lacks empathy for other people's suffering. If the writers of scripture had followed this book's advice, many of the psalms (crying out to God in pain or disappointment) would never have been written. Because according to this book, true Christians know the key to suffering is to just keep a positive attitude.
"Jesus wept." The shortest verse in the Bible. And why did He weep? B/c He identified with the sorrow and suffering of Mary and Martha after their brother Lazarus had died. Even though Jesus already knew He planned to raise Lazarus from the dead in the next few hours. But keeping with the spirit of this book, Jesus would have responded to Mary and Martha with dry eyes and a rebuke.
To me, this book doubly fails. It not only fails to understand suffering and offer advice on how to face it, it tries to shame people who are suffering for not "doing it right." The only reason I would give this book 2 stars is that it does quote a lot of scripture (though the author doesn't seem to grasp at all the bible's message on suffering) and God's word never returns void. So hearing the scripture (even if the interpretation is terrible) still has value.
This book succinctly lays out the causes, responses, and benefits of suffering as a Christian. especially helpful was the benefits section and the closure exalting God's sovereignty.