The Call to Joy and Pain   -     By: Ajith Fernando
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The Call to Joy and Pain

Ajith Fernando / 2007 / Paperback

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"Blending biblical faithfulness, gripping stories, and pastoral compassion, this book shows us how God uses pain for our good and his glory and reminds us that if we embrace our suffering we will discover a contagious joy that makes Jesus beautiful in the eyes of a watching world. Written as a series of thirty short meditations, here is a book to be savored," Ray Pritchard, president, Keep Believing Ministries. Appropriate for Pastors and those in ministry or missions. 192 pages, softcover from Good News/Crossway.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Ajith Fernando
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1581348886
ISBN-13: 9781581348880
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Biblical, theological, and devotional insights and advice on how joy and pain are both integral parts of the life of service, from ministerial veteran Ajith Fernando. 2008 Christianity Today Book Award Winner.

Author Bio

Ajith Fernando is the Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka after serving as the ministry's National Director for 35 years. He and his wife, Nelun, are active in a church ministering primarily to the urban poor. His ministry includes mentoring younger staff and counseling Christian workers. He is the author of fifteen books published in eighteen languages.

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The title says it all -The Call to Joy & Pain is a call to take up at the same time two gifts from the Lord, joy and pain. The author Ajith Fernando is eminently qualified to present this study. He is the national director of Youth for Christ in war-torn, disaster ridden Sri Lanka. Also, he ministers to the urban poor of his country. Opening with Colossians 1:24-29, "I rejoice in my sufferings...", Fernando explains that today’s church is interested in a therapy of suffering but he has found that what we need is a theology of suffering - we must learn to joyfully face the cross.

The Call to Joy & Pain message has four parts: Suffering and Joy are Basic to Christianity; Suffering Brings Us Nearer to Christ; Our Suffering Helps the Church; and, Servants of the Church. This is not a message for the faint of heart comfort lover. This is the "meat" of the Word, as the Apostle Paul would put it, and needs a reader willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. “…we must not miss the demonstration of unflinching belief in the sovereignty of God that looks at every trial in a positive light.” (pg. 50).

With many illustrations from the author’s own life, and from other Christians past and present, this is a clear, incisive presentation, with a strong reliance on Scripture. The Call to Joy & Pain is interesting and easy to read, providing much food for meditation, devotion, and worship. It has definitely helped my personal Christian growth. I believe readers will find it useful for both personal reading and for group use.

Review by Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com

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    An excellent reminder that we are not intended to buy into this world's philosophy of pain-free materialism. Everyone who really wants to see life the way God wants his children to should read this book.
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