"Uncover the Hidden Potential in Life's Most Common Struggles"
Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain is one of the hardest books I have ever read, but I highly recommend it. Maybe it was so hard to read because it was hitting too close to home. It took a long time for me to finish reading this book, but it was not because the words were difficult to understand. I simply couldn't read it quickly, because I had to stop and reflect on my life. There were times that the authors encouraged the reader to put down the book and pray about specific areas of their life. I don't remember reading a book that has impacted me so strongly.
"Sometimes the end of the story is not immediately made known to us. Sometimes we have to wait until we see God face-to-face before He will reveal the true purpose beyond our pain." (a quote from page 147)
If we are too busy trying to avoid all painful situations in our life, we often miss the treasures that are waiting for us. This book covers seven types of pain - injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure and death. We all experience these types of pain, but maybe we should change the way we look at them. Just like an athlete understands that pain is necessary in order to win a race, maybe we also should embrace pain as an important part of our journey here on earth.
Read this book ... but be prepared to take a serious look at your relationship with God and with others. It will motivate you to make changes in your day-to-day life, your health, your finances, your employment, and so much more.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing a complimentary copy of this book, for the purpose of review.
This song by Tim Hughes totally expresses how we need to respond to pain in our lives.