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|Title: Blessed Endurance: Moving from Despair to Hope|
By: John Wimmer
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Upper Room
|Publication Date: 2018|
Weight: 4 ounces
Stock No: WW817770
Pain, despair, and struggle are part of life, and they test our character as Gods people. John Wimmer approaches these challenges to our faith realistically and thoughtfully. Those looking for an easy answer to why despair, pain, and suffering exist will not find it in this book. Wimmer does not dispense platitudes like "Everything happens for a reason."
Although we cant always understand or control many things that happen to us, we can choose how we will respond to them. Wimmer encourages us to choose to regard times of difficulty as opportunities for spiritual and personal growth. This is because we are not alone in our suffering, he reminds usthe writers of Psalms and even Jesus felt abandoned by God at times. "God loves and respects us enough to allow us to doubt and question," Wimmer writes. So rather than diminishing faith, pain and despair can lead to greater trust in God. To endure through such times is a blessing.
This inspiring book offers practical help for moving from pain and despair to the blessing of hope. Wimmer reminds readers that with hope we also have faithnot the false belief that our lives will be pain-free, but true faith that God will lead us through our struggles to more profound depths of spiritual growth and wisdom.
|John R. Wimmer is a United Methodist minister who served as a local church pastor for 18 years and founded the Center for Congregations, now a network with 5 regional offices in Indiana and whose model of working with churches has been adopted by many organizations nationwide. Since 2002 he has been program director at Lilly Endowment, where he has sought to enhance pastoral leadership and congregational vitality through more than $700 million in grants to denominations, seminaries, and a wide variety of other church agencies. Under Wimmers leadership, the Endowments Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Initiative touched more than 20,000 pastors through peer learning groups, and two initiatives he now directs on economic challenges facing pastoral leaders involve thousands of seminarians, pastoral leaders, and churches in more than 100 denominations.|
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