Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering
Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering  -     By: Kelly M. Kapic
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God doesn't remove pain, but he does provide resources to endure so as to give him the glory. Kapic invites us to think of the sorrows and agonies Jesus endured, and how he now comforts, consoles, and fortifies us. His reflections on suffering represent a wealth of autobiographical, theological, and ethical musings.

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Title: Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering
By: Kelly M. Kapic
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 0830851798
ISBN-13: 9780830851799
Stock No: WW851799

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  • 2018 WORLD Magazine Book of the Year - Accessible Theology
  • 2018 Creative Quarterly Professional Graphic Design Runner-Up
  • Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year Winner - Theology/Ethics
  • Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Top Shelf Book Cover Award 2017
"This book will make no attempt to defend God. . . . If you are looking for a book that boasts triumphantly of conquest over a great enemy, or gives a detached philosophical analysis that neatly solves an absorbing problem, this isn't it." Too often the Christian attitude toward suffering is characterized by a detached academic appeal to God's sovereignty, as if suffering were a game or a math problem. Or maybe we expect that since God is good, everything will just work out all right somehow. But where then is honest lament? Aren't we shortchanging believers of the riches of the Christian teaching about suffering? In Embodied Hope Kelly Kapic invites us to consider the example of our Lord Jesus. Only because Jesus has taken on our embodied existence, suffered alongside us, died, and been raised again can we find any hope from the depths of our own dark valleys of pain. As we look to Jesus, we are invited to participate not only in his sufferings, but also in the church, which calls us out of isolation and into the encouragement and consolation of the communal life of Christ. Drawing on his own family's experience with prolonged physical pain, Kapic reshapes our understanding of suffering into the image of Jesus, and brings us to a renewed understanding of—and participation in—our embodied hope.

Author Bio

Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King's College, University of London) is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He is the author or editor of several books, including and .

Editorial Reviews

"This work speaks to three distinct audiences: those who suffer, their caregivers, and the community that must embrace them both. Those who share the author's religious outlook will find resonances in a culture that might otherwise fail to provide what is needed most."
"We think it can help readers of any background who live with serious illness or physical pain think more deeply about the roles God and faith play in their daily lives."
" Embodied Hope is a breath of fresh air and a source of hope, as Kapic takes a holistic approach to pain and suffering. Rather than downplaying orthodoxy in order to be practical and compassionate, he gives us a rich teaching of Christian anthropology, Christ's person and work, and an eternal perspective. He takes care to deal with the physical aspects of suffering as well as its connection with the spiritual. This approach directs our gaze to Christ while not ignoring the hard questions that sufferers and caretakers must face."

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