Using his own personal struggle with lifelong suffering through disability resulting from childhood illness; Ken Dignan offers the story of how he has managed to live in faith despite his overwhelming physical challenges. Ken is honest in the experiences of doubt and faith that he has experienced through his life. He offers a number of scripture passages that talk about suffering, although often somewhat out of context.
Through his story and understanding of the scriptures he encourages his reader to face their suffering by searching for faith and meaning through their own suffering and struggles.
I found the book to be easy to read and clearly aimed at those who already posses faith in God and want to understand how God can work through suffering, but it is not a book for someone who is looking to make sense for the reasons suffering occurs. I’m not sure this book would be first on my list for someone who is not already a believer. Some of the scriptures to address suffering in the book are taken out of context because they deal with suffering as a result of faith and persecution, and not natural illness.
Even with some of the flaws of the book as I see it; it is easy to appreciate Dignan’s personal journey as he tells it, and his desire to point to Jesus. It is a good starter book for those who want to think more critically of the suffering experienced in the world. Dignan has done well offering his own story, and encouraging people to live not merely by feeling but also with understanding.
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