The Blessing of Adversity: Finding Your God-given Purpose in Life's Troubles

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Most people see trouble as something negative and seek to avoid it whenever possible. But what if it’s those troubles that actually lead to greater blessing and purpose? In The Blessing of Adversity, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate distills the wisdom gained from thirty years as a counselor, theologian, and psychologist. Barry Black offers a blueprint for removing the sting of life’s trials, showing us how to let God use our pain for his glory by blessing others—and how that ...
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Most people see trouble as something negative and seek to avoid it whenever possible. But what if it’s those troubles that actually lead to greater blessing and purpose? In The Blessing of Adversity, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate distills the wisdom gained from thirty years as a counselor, theologian, and psychologist. Barry Black offers a blueprint for removing the sting of life’s trials, showing us how to let God use our pain for his glory by blessing others—and how that can actually help heal our own pain. Drawing on Scripture and his own experiences as a counselor and chaplain to some of the most powerful people in the world, Black teaches us how to deal with seasons of God’s apparent silence, offers techniques for staying encouraged in the middle of life’s storms, and shows how to find advantages in adversity. Tyndale House Publishers
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  • ISBN-13: 9781414348452
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Great book for a Bible Study or Small Group Discussion!

    The Blessing of Adversity

    Mr. Black approaches the subject of adversity from a highly educated point of view. The book was not hard to understand, but just "dry" reading. The book is best read in small sections; it's not one you want to sit down and read through in a day.

    The book is divided into three sections, then into chapters with an action plan at the end of chapter. This book would be great for a bible study or small group discussion. The author backs up all of his writing with biblical reference, and personal trials.

    Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    wonderful book to overcome hard times

    This book was filled with words of power and love. It was an incredibly well written book that helps to ease you through tough times in your life.

    One thing that I really loved was not only the fact that the author addressed how we might block ourselves from living the life that God has planned for us, but he demonstrates where in the Bible that God has made these promises to us.

    Without adversity in our lives, they become stagnant and we don't have the chance to grow. Barry Black shows us how to use these times and the love of God to be able to grow into the people that we were meant to be.

    In cooperation with the FCC ruling, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    A road map for a better life and a deeper relationship with God

    This book is a scripture-based road map of how to survive life's difficult times. The book is divided into three sections: 1. Mastering the Basics, 2. Avoiding the Sources of Trouble, and 3. Turning Your Adversity into Advantage. The majority of the book focuses on the first section, Mastering the Basics. Sixteen chapters are devoted to every aspect of living your life in firm belief that God has plans for you to succeed, even through difficult times. Jesus said we'd face trials and tribulations and this book is a wonderful source of encouragment and support. The second section, Avoiding the Sources of Trouble, consists of 5 chapters that focus on how we can avoid adversity that comes through giving into temptation and sin. The third section, Turning Your Adversity into Advantage, shows a plan of resilience with two chapters that sum up the underlying premise of this book: Supersize your Faith and Build a Storm-Proof life. One aspect of the book that could use improvement stems from the author's assumption that his readers are familiar with stories from the Bible. The author, however, provides the references to the Bible which enables the reader to use the Bible to gain a better understanding. This book could be used as a Bible study by studying the full stories of the Bible that the author uses as examples. Overall, the book is very good, but at times it seems redundant, as the author cites the same examples throughout the book. I think everyone can certainly benefit from reading this book. Implementing the principles will most certainly deepen his/her relationship with God. I'd, however, challenge the reader to go beyond the book and study the complete stories from the Bible. Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for me to review. This in no way influenced my review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I started reading this book and thought it would be encouraging to a friend who has gone through a difficult time lately by losing her job. She told me that the book has been very helpful. She even took it with her on vacation to read while in NYC.

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