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Publication Date: 2007
2008 Christianity Today Book Award Winner
Joy and pain are both aspects of the call of God for the Christian. The Bible even presents pain as a trigger for joy. The Call to Joy and Pain explores how this is so, showing the connection between rejoicing and suffering, how suffering draws us nearer to God, and how suffering makes us more effective in service.
Ministerial veteran Ajith Fernando combines biblical exposition, keen pastoral insight, and cross-cultural wisdom in his writing. He opens readers' eyes to a truth they may already suspect: we in the West have much to learn about suffering.
By examining Paul's words on the subject of suffering for Christ from Colossians 1:24-29, Fernando thoughtfully explains how suffering can be a blessing to the individual Christian and to the church as a whole. His book will help Christians joyfully embrace the life of service and total devotion to Jesus, despite the pain it entails.
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 Spirits 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 authors 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
Susan Hess5 Stars Out Of 5November 19, 2008Susan HessAn 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.