Surprised by Suffering, Revised and Expanded
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Number of Pages: 157
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)|
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 06/04/15.
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In this classic book, republished in a revised and expanded edition, Dr. R. C. Sproul argues that we should not be surprised by suffering; instead, we should expect pain and sorrow in this life. Some are actually called to a "vocation" of suffering, and all of us are called to undergo the ultimate suffering of death. God promises in His Word that difficult times will come upon us, but He also promises that He allows suffering for our good and His glory, and He will never give us more than we can bear with His help.
Dr. Sproul offers solid biblical counsel and comfort for those undergoing suffering and for tho
Throughout the book, Sproul interprets Scripture and employs thought-provoking examples to illustrate his ideas. In a series of personal anecdotes, he explains that he learned the necessity of trusting Christ when his terminally-ill father taught him how to die. Since then, Sproul has seen suffering in perspective to Gods plan, understanding that the afflictions faced in this world cannot be compared to the blessings of eternity.
Senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrews church in Sanford, Florida, he has authored more than seventy books. Sproul is also the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, and he hosts a daily radio program called Renewing Your Mind.
Using personal experiences and observations as a springboard for biblical interpretation, Sproul testifies to the power of hope amidst hardship even death. His book is divided into two sections. Part One: Unto Death is about understanding the purpose of suffering and persevering in times of trial. Part Two: After Death focuses primarily on Heavens existence and significance. At the end of the book, Sproul addresses other commonly asked questions about suffering in a brief question and answer section.
Overall, Surprised by Suffering is a book of condolence. As a biblical scholar, Sproul relies heavily on Scripture to develop his ideas, and he uses modern examples to clarify complex concepts. With an appropriate balance of serious stories and humorous commentary, he presents an inspiring interpretation of difficult circumstances, and brings up several issues that would be good for small group discussion. Therefore, I would recommend this book to teens and adults of all ages who would like a better understanding of suffering from a biblical standpoint. Kara Hackett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Ben UmnusWisconsinAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Suffering through death and its trialsMarch 28, 2011Ben UmnusWisconsinAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Prior to reading this I wanted to learn more about suffering, be able to explain to others the concept of and purpose for it, and to understand how to handle that suffering when facing it head on. I had a desire to grow and learn spiritually, so I chose to read two books concerning this subject and one of those books was Surprised by Suffering. I enjoyed reading another book by Dr. Sproul earlier this year. I have also enjoyed listening to his podcast on occasion too. From those experiences, I figured Dr. R.C. Sproul would provide some valuable insight... Although I certainly learned from this read, I feel this book should have been renamed Surprised by Death or Enduring Death and its Trials of Suffering instead.
Dr. Sproul dives into death's devastating effects on humanity, animals, the planet, friends, families, and especially the dying person themselves. He also speaks of what those who are in Christ can look forward to after death. I found interesting the brief discussion of the Biblical and Philosophical aspects of the after life. And I really liked reading his Questions and Answers section too; very informative. Surprised by Suffering is a certainly a book which speaks about suffering, however I found its primary focus was towards the suffering unleashed by death. Although I feel the title is slightly misleading and some of the philosophical talk was a little dry, what this book teaches is applicable towards other forms of suffering too.
Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Reformation Trust Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Reformation Trust Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus. This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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