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Bestselling author and beloved pastor Timothy Keller engages the most challenging question of our time.

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering answers one of life's most troubling questions: why do bad things happen? The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation; yet there has not been a comprehensive pastoral treatment from a Christian perspective exploring why they exist for many years. It's time for a new, contemporary examination of this issue uniquely suited to our context and struggles.

Tim Keller, a pastor known for unique and biblically based insights is eminently qualified to address these issues. He is thoughtful, well studied, and lives in the midst of human struggle everyday as the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering will bring a much-needed, fresh viewpoint on this important issue.

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Publication Date: 2013
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New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller—whose books have sold millions of copies to both religious and secular readers—explores one of the most difficult questions we must answer in our lives: Why is there pain and suffering?

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them. The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation; yet there has not been a major book from a Christian perspective exploring why they exist for many years.

The two classics in this area are When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, which was published more than thirty years ago, and C. S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain, published more than seventy years ago. The great secular book on the subject, Elisabeth Ku¨bler-Ross’s On Death and Dying, was first published in 1969. It’s time for a new understanding and perspective, and who better to tackle this complex subject than Timothy Keller?

As the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Timothy Keller is known for the unique insights he shares, and his series of books has guided countless readers in their spiritual journeys. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering will bring a much-needed, fresh viewpoint on this important issue.

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TIMOTHY KELLER was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start nearly two hundred churches around the world. Also the author of Every Good Endeavor, The Meaning of Marriage, Jesus the King, Generous Justice, Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, The Reason for God, and the Encounters with Jesus eSeries, Timothy Keller lives in New York City with his family.

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    This review was written for Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering.
    Outstanding handling of a difficult topic. We covered this book in a church class that is primarily in the 65 and older age group and was highly beneficial.
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    Keller provides a good understanding of pain
    October 20, 2014
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    This review was written for Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering.
    Timothy Keller is my favourite celebrity pastor. His writing is clear, crisp and culturally engaged. Having spent over two decades in New York City pastoring Redeemer Presbyterian, Kellers analysis of pain and suffering weave the insights from leading philosophers (Simone Weil) and psychologists (Jonathan Haidt) throughout. The first part of the book is based around providing a philosophical and theoretical foundation for examining pain and suffering. The second portion attempts to offer explanations for and examination of, the various forms of suffering. The last section looks at how believers can actually apply the Bibles teaching to their suffering.

    A common complaint of C.S. Lewis The Problem of Pain is that it is too theoretical and not very applicable. The same criticism can be leveled at this book. The strength of this book is Kellers engagement with the different episodes of suffering found throughout the Bible. He takes an in-depth look at the lives of Joseph, Job and Jesus in order to demonstrate how each of them dealt with the pain in their lives. Keller acknowledges the pain and grief are excruciating and that not everyone in the midst of suffering will react to the same prescriptive remedies and treatments. Thus, he avoids spending too much time on providing specific ways to help people in pain, although in the third section of the book, he does offer some general suggestions, such as allowing oneself to lament, place trust in God and pray to Him. He follows in the same line as Lewis; Keller tells us to keep living in obedience to God, through reading Scripture, praying, participating in fellowship, and eventually we will feel Gods presence.

    On pg. 274, Keller claims that it is not until we are in the grips of grief and pain where our love for God will be proved genuine. Before this, Keller states, we may be worshiping God for what He provides us, we give Him mercenary love. This may be disconcerting, especially for those of us who, by Gods grace, have been able to avoid trauma and tragedy in our lives. I agree with Keller that when we suffer affliction or adversity, it allows our trust and confidence in God to show, but I would also add that in times of dry spells, when we feel as if God is distant and mute to us, is another way we know God and demonstrate our devotion to Him because our continued belief in Him, even if He seems remote, is also evidence that we continually trust and worship Him.

    Kellers book is an important one. EVERYONE will have to face suffering someday and Walking With God Through Pain And Suffering will provide every Christian with helpful guidance and Biblical truth in how to deal with affliction.
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