Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make SensePaul David TrippCrossway / 2018 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Dr. David R. Bess5 Stars Out Of 5Valuable Biblical Insights from the Author's Own Experience - Recommended!August 29, 2020Dr. David R. BessPaul David Tripp offers a very personal, encouraging testimony of his own experience with personal suffering. He recounts his own sudden shift from perfect health to a painful kidney condition with numerous surgeries. He then walks the reader through the various traps that waylay a Christian who encounters suffering in his own life. He then closes by describing in detail the ways in which spiritual comfort is available through God and through His people. This title was very helpful to me since I've been through my own sudden shift from near-perfect health to a debilitating sickness. My recovery, just as for the author, has been slow. My review is likely biased since I can identify so well with Dr. Tripp, but I do believe this book would be helpful to any follower of Christ who is experiencing physical and/or emotional suffering. I recommend it highly.
PC5 Stars Out Of 5sufferingNovember 25, 2019PCwritten from firsthand experience Tripp is intensely practical as well as balanced theologically on this subject which causes so many believers to struggle and even fail in their faith. The many case studies help the reader to identify and to gain hope for their own difficult circumstances.
Janet5 Stars Out Of 5Suffering by Paul David TrippMarch 30, 2019JanetI found this book to be an excellent resource for anybody in a situation of intense suffering. It is well written and provides many case histories of people that are suffering as well as the experience of the author. He also provides many biblical examples in the book. I am in a prison ministry, and provided the book to an inmate who was in an intense situation of suffering. The book plus many prayers helped this man become a Christian. I will buy this book again for my own personal library. I highly recommend it.
JohnnyLafayette, TNAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Read for Those Who SufferMarch 12, 2019JohnnyLafayette, TNAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Suffering comes in many shapes and sizes. No matter the shape or size, it comes. It comes to us all at some point in our lives. For author Paul David Tripp in began October 19, 2014, when a trip to the hospital began a long and difficult journey that he is still on. In his book entitled Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense, Tripp shows us what God has taught him on his journey and teaches us how to properly respond when suffering visits us.
This is a great book! From the start the author shows us how suffering reveals our heart to us. Tripp says, "When the thing you have been trusting (whether you knew it or not) is laid to waste, you don't suffer just the loss of that thing; you also suffer the loss of the identity and security that it provided." It strips away those things from us and shows us what we are trusting in. He goes on to say, "Your responses to the situations of your life, whether physical, relational, or circumstantial, are always more determined by what is inside you (your heart) than by the things you are facing."
From that the author revealed my heart. He pulled no punches. This is not a book that just warms your heart, it challenges you to take a look at your heart. He said, "Suffering confronts us with the fact that life is not about us but about God. It is not about our glory but his. It's not first about our pleasure but about his. It's not about our plans for us but about his will for us. It's not about our control but his. It's not about our little kingdoms but about his. It's not about our successes but about the display of his majesty." Wow! That is humbling.
After leading us through all the traps that we find ourselves in when going through a season of hurt and pain he begins to talk about where to go for comfort. He encourages us to not let our reason for suffering to define us but rather allow our identity in Christ Jesus define us. He spends considerable time getting us to think through the implications of our identity in Christ.
The author has such a grandiose view of God and this comes out in these final chapters. Once again the writer gets the reader to think through how we sometimes replace God with something else only to discover it stripped away in suffering. His encouragement is to place this awesome God that we have in His rightful place.
I highly recommend this book especially to someone who is finding themselves in a difficult place.
MikePasadena, MDAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Deep TruthJanuary 21, 2019MikePasadena, MDAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In my reading experience, I have found Paul Tripp to be a very special servant. His devotional, New Morning Mercies, bursts with practical, everyday truth from God's Word. It so affected me that I now buy it in bulk to give to other believers as part of my own ministry. I do the same with Suffering. Having first read the book myself, I am reading it once more with my study group and the truths it imparts have spawned some very serious discussions and sharing. A child of God WILL suffer, that's a given according to the Bible. The sad fact is that we really have little understanding, a superficial one at best, about our suffering so it's no wonder we struggle with this truth of the Christian experience so much. This book digs deep, as Tripp always does, and quickly goes beyond the weak and untruthful platitudes that permeate our thinking about this subject. Truth be told, Paul goes beyond the subject of suffering and uncovers some much needed biblical principles concerning the Christian life in general. In my view, this is his finest work and should be required reading for anyone professing to know the Lord Jesus as their Savior.