“Looking back on our lives, Kathy and I came to realize that at the heart of why people disbelieve and believe in God, of why people decline and grow in character, of how God becomes less real and more real to us-is suffering. And when we looked to the Bible to understand this deep pattern, we came to see that the great theme of the Bible itself is how God brings fullness of joy not just despite but through suffering, just as Jesus saved us not in spite of but because of what he suffered on the cross. And so there is a peculiar, rich, and poignant joy that seems to come to us only through and in suffering.”
-Timothy Keller, Introduction to Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
In this anticipated book, Timothy Keller explores one of the most difficult questions in life: Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? And how do we handle it in a way that won’t destroy us, but could actually make us stronger and wiser?
Many books attempt to explain evil and suffering intellectually, while others offer mere inspirational stories. In this book, Keller attempts to unify the complex questions and experiences related to suffering. He explores the philosophical problem of suffering, then the rich biblical teaching on the subject, and finally the actual experience of dealing with suffering in the most practical terms. This will be an indispensable resource to everyone who wants to prepare themselves or others to face the inevitable prospect of pain and suffering.
Praise for Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering:
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering may be the most comprehensive contemporary book on the subject. And for me, that’s saying something. The book is incredibly well researched, yet it is impossibly personal. Keller has a way of taking the walking wounded by the hand and gently placing it in the Savior’s.
– Joni Eareckson Tada for The Gospel Coalition
I can’t think of a better resource for understanding suffering, enduring it with hope, and helping others whose suffering runs too deep for any word except the Word.
– Gerald L. Sittser for Christianity Today