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July 5, 2011
Is adversity a bad thing? Can we learn from our adversity? These are the ideas in the book "The Blessing or Adversity" by Barry Black
Black shared stories in this book including a story about how he was chosen last and instead of feeling sorry for himself he purposed to better himself. He shares how he learned from his adversities. At the end of each chapter he has "An Action Plan." with ideas how to apply it. Black backs up his ideas with the Scripture.
We can choose to dwell in our adversity or learn and grow from them because things in life happen for a reason Romans 8:28.
I received this book for an honest review from Tyndale House Publishers.
I absolutely loved this book! We all have times of trials, storms and times when we feel we are not hearing from God. I lost my brother to a car accident a little over a year ago and I know without God's help I would not have been able to be the strong tower my family needed in this awful time of lose. My mom is still going through the pain and storm of losing her son, my brother. But I know God's works ALL things to the ultimate good! Even in our times of struggle and weathering the storms of life, God is working a testimony in us to reach out to others and help them. This book was comforting and a blessing to me and I know you will feel the same!
Barry C. Black is the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. He grew up in inner city Baltimore but had a mother who used her welfare checks to put all five of her children in Christian boarding schools. This book is evidence of an excellent education. It is apparent from the book that not only is Mr. Black well-versed in the Bible but also knowledgeable in classical literature. His book is riddled with quotes of works by everyone from Plato to Shakespeare. Not only is he a prolific reader but he is a proficent writer. Blessing of Adversity is written (without a co or ghost writer) in a lucid, well-organized and fluid manner that makes it easy to read and understand.
Black divides the book up into three sections. The first contains different strategies to dealing with hardship and troubles that come into our life. He uses many passages of scripture to support what he says. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the action plan outlined as a list of goals to accomplish.
In the second section Black discusses how to avoid trouble by not worrying but trusting God, running away from temptations and turning loss into gain. In the final section he details how to increase your faith and using the adversity that God has put into your life as an opportunity to become strong in Him.
Included are personal stories of how Mr. Black became a gang member, narrowly escaped a life of crime and prison to become a Navy Chaplain then the U.S. Senate chaplain. He also shares a few experiences from his work with different senators and other political leaders. I recommend this book for anyone who would like solid, scripturally based strategies for overcoming the odds of life and living a life that has joy and victory. Blessing of Adversity is for someone who wants to say in the midst of affliction "I am blessed!"