Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain: Uncover the Hidden Potential in Life's Most Common Struggles  -     By: Paul Meier, David Henderson
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Most of us do all we can to avoid pain. But what if our struggles are gifts from God? Exploring seven crucial life issues---injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure, and death---Meier and Henderson claim challenges are necessary to our spiritual health---and show how to grow through them to reach Christian maturity. 304 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0785229221
ISBN-13: 9780785229223
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A revolutionary approach to dealing with life's challenges that guides readers in how to face them and to recognize them as gifts from God.

At one time or another everyone finds themselves questioning, "Does God still love me? Is there a purpose for all this pain?" Drs. Meier and Henderson teach readers how to face painful struggles head-on in a way that allows them to grow and mature emotionally and spiritually. In this timely book they explore the seven most common life challenges:

  • Injustice
  • Rejection
  • Loneliness
  • Loss
  • Discipline
  • Failure
  • Death

In addition they offer the three reasons we often miss the gifts these challenges can be. This unique approach to an age-old problem will encourage and challenge readers to grow through their struggles instead of wasting energy trying to avoid them altogether.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Help for those in Pain
    October 16, 2011
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

    I will be the first to admit that I have been less than diligent about reading this particular book. I received this particular book well over a year ago, and have just now gotten around to finishing the book. I could give you a litany of excuses, but that is all that they would be ... excuses. I would pick it up, read a few chapters, and put it down. When I picked it up again, I would read a few more chapters, then put it down.

    There is no good reason for why I did this. The book stands as a good reference, and the stories that it tells can rip your heart. I can imagine that sitting down for a conversation with either or both of the authors of this well written book would be extremely interesting. The main reason that I had such a difficult time getting through the book in one or two sittings (as is my norm) is that I believe the words were penetrating far deeper than I cared to explore.

    Why read this book? Sometimes, we are going to hurt. I do not mean hurt in the physical sense, but sometimes mental pain gives as much or more anguish than does physical pain. We do not have to let the pain define us. Dr. Meier and Dr. Henderson delve into why our pain affects us the way it does, and how working past it can make us stronger. The authors explore seven areas (challenges) they list as life's most common: injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure, and death. Instead of medical jargon, we are given biblical references, and I rather liked the departure. When you pick up a book written by nearly anyone with the letters M.D. behind their name, especially one that could be categorized as a "self-help" book, you expect to find clinical information. In this book, not so much. Referring instead to the Bible, Drs. Meier and Henderson guide us through the benefits of working through our pain.

    While it did take me quite some time to read, I would recommend this book.
  2. Utah
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book for people with trials
    August 1, 2011
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    It took me a little bit to get into this book, but overall I very much enjoyed it. The book starts with the premise of pain not being an enemy, but a help in our growth. I appreciated the specific "pains" divided into the chapters of injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure and death. My favorite chapter/part of the book was a personal training plan, chapter 20. I am a runner (though not very fast) and I appreciated how our faith can become like a training run. I liked the crowd of witnesses idea and carrying only the bare essentials.

    The second half of the book I enjoyed more than the first, although the last couple of chapters were a bit too much on the "Jesus saves" blast for me. I do agree that in our lives pain can be a champion for our growth if we allow it to be. I also agree that when we turn our lives over to Christ, then we can overcome any challenges and receive help for our challenges. I especially enjoyed the specific stories and experiences the authors included in the book. These experiences made the "meat" of the book more real for me to believe.

    Overall, I thought this was a good book and would recommend it to others.
  3. PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 3, 2010
    crystal steimling
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    FINDING PURPOSE BEYOND OUR PAINWhen the darkness closes in, where can we find the strength and courage to hold on? When the pain is unbearable, how does one even begin to wake up and reach beyond?When INJUSTICE, REJECTION, LONELINESS, LOSS, DISCIPLINE, FAILURE and/or DEATH ensue, is there really a way to gain understanding or more importantly to grow as we uncover the hidden potential and/or purposes? Dr. Paul Meier and Dr. David Henderson address these 7 universal struggles in their book, FINDING PURPOSE BEYOND OUR PAIN.Through real life stories, biblical truths and practical application, let this book be the beginning of the journey that moves you beyond your pains to victory, restoration and wholeness. It surely will equip you to allow your fears and failures to give way to the light of God's purposes so that you can once again walk in comfort, peace and yes, "a joyful knowing"---even in spite of the pain.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 26, 2010
    Pain is no stranger to any person. Everyone faces situations that seem to have ramifications that follow throughout the course of our lives. This is why I chose to read and review Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain by Drs. Paul Meier and David L. Henderson for Thomas Nelson Publishing. This was a wonderful book. These authors dive into every pain imaginable: Injustice, Rejection, Loneliness, Loss, Discipline, Failure, and Death. What I liked best about this book is that each subject did not just get one chapter devoted to it, but several. Meier and Henderson go into great depth with each painful experience. They use real life situations teach real life lessons using Scripture as a foundation for healing. Each chapter is very easy to read and understand without a lot of big words and jargon that only psychologists would understand. At the end of each chapter, the authors give discussion questions so that you could use it as a daily devotion or Bible study group setting. I took time to read this book. I did not just speed through. It was worth the slow reading as it gave me a chance to think about each situation and apply the principles to my own life. I would suggest this book to any one.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 8, 2010
    Joan Nienhuis
    God uses everything, even pain, to bring about good things in our lives. We will never have a pain free life this side of heaven. Rather than avoiding pain, we can see it as our ally, pointing us to Christ.The authors look at seven areas in our lives that cause pain: injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure and death. The writing on each section stands alone so one could read the particular areas of most interest and not miss important truths. At the end of each chapter is a list of the principles offered in the chapter as well as questions for personal reflection.We miss seeing the purpose of the pain because we focus on the pain rather than God and His faithfulness to us. The authors remind the readers that true healing of pain will be found in one's relationship to Christ. Christ is the key to victory as only He has the power to heal our pain.This is a great book for people facing "everyday" psychological pain. For serious pain I would suggest a Christian counselor.This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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Author: David L. Henderson MD
Located in: Dallas, TX
Submitted: November 12, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a board certified psychiatrist working in private practice as well as an adjunct professor of Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  As a therapist and a medical doctor, I see patients every day who are looking to find relief from their suffering. I work hard to help them overcome their pain, be it physical, mental or emotional, but one of the questions I get asked almost daily (and one that I've asked myself during difficult times in my life) is "Why?" People not only want to find relief from their pain. They want to believe there's a reason for it. Can it serve a purpose? Can it be used to accomplish something greater in my life and in the lives of others? These are questions we hope to answer in Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  There are seven universal struggles that each of us face in life no matter how hard we try to avoid them: Injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure and death. My hope is that when people read the book 1.)they will come away with a better understanding of why God lets us experience these struggles, 2.) They will gain wisdom to avoid unnecessary future pain and 3.) they will take the unavoidable pain of life and use it to grow closer in their relationship with God and with others.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  God will not let you get away with writing a book on pain without some firsthand experience. As I worked on each section, it seemed inevitable that I'd wrestle with that very issue in my personal life. My wife and I have joked that our next book must be about the seven best vacation sites in the world so that we can experience something different for a change :) The reality is, though, I believe more than ever in the power of God to turn that which was meant for evil into something meant for good. God can make sense of our pain! And there is coming a day when there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more sorrow! I am as excited about that day as anyone else!! In the meantime, my prayer is that God will give me the strength to use my pain for the purposes He has waiting for me. That is my prayer for you too!!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My two favorite authors who inspired me in this project are C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain) and Armand Nicholi (The Question of God). Lewis' book, The Problem of Pain, is a masterpiece. Some of the reviews I've read of Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain said we did not delve enough into the source/origins of pain. That was not our goal because it has been so ingeniously described in Lewis' book. Our focus was to take those truths and make them practical. We wanted to be very specific about life's "inevitables" and give some guidance on how to apply what we know about pain to our past, present and future circumstances. We also wanted to make it a book that was easily accessible and enjoyable to read despite the weighty nature of the subject matter.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I welcome any and all comments about the book. I'd love for you to send me a note and share your story. Check out my website listed under my bio at the back of the book. May God bless you...even in seasons of pain!

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