Don't Waste the Pain: Learning to Grow Through Suffering


Would God use pain as an instrument in your spiritual formation?
A woman learns she has incurable ovarian cancer. Already depressed and questioning her place in life, she begins the excruciating journey of treatment. Can her battle become something beautiful?

A man learns his twelve-year-old son has aggressive childhood cancer. How could something so painful be happening to ...

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Would God use pain as an instrument in your spiritual formation?
A woman learns she has incurable ovarian cancer. Already depressed and questioning her place in life, she begins the excruciating journey of treatment. Can her battle become something beautiful?

A man learns his twelve-year-old son has aggressive childhood cancer. How could something so painful be happening to someone so precious? Would God choose to take his son’s life?

Searing pain. Abundant peace.

How can we, through pain, draw near to God and experience His loving care as never before? Read the intimate journals and letters of brother and sister David Lyons and Linda Lyons Richardson as they each walk through the challenges of potentially deadly illnesses. Discover through their pain and the pain you are dealing with how to find comfort and discover that God uses our pain as instruments to spiritual formation. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615215485
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Series: Experience the Life Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lyons is an international vice president of The Navigators. A graduate of Cedarville University and Capital Bible Seminary, his writings have appeared in Stimulus, House 2 House, and God Guides. He is the author of Who Am I? a booklet from Dawson Media. David and his wife are the parents of seven children. He enjoys photography and geo-caching in the Colorado mountains. Learn more at

Linda Lyons Richardson holds degrees from Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. She was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer in 2000. Linda was an interior landscape designer and later owned a garden gift shop before retiring. She and her husband have two children. Linda continues to fight the disease with humor and faith.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: How Our Story Began 17

1 Welcome To Oz 21

2 Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants 33

3 Oxygen 47

4 The Ragged Edge Of Faith 61

5 A Thin Place 85

6 Beauty From Ashes 101

7 But The Physicians 121

8 Praying In The Face Of Pain 143

9 What If God Says No? 165

10 When Will It End? 191

11 Got Joy? 215

12 The Fellowship Of Suffering 235

Notes 261

Scripture Index 263

About The Authors 267

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Uplifting and Inspiring

    This is a quite remarkable and inspirational book. With a title that suggests content reflecting distress, suffering and endurance, it is instead a book contained of journals, diary entries, family photographs, recollections and honest comment on joy, renewal and discovery from the two authors, brother and sister, when cancer came into their lives.
    While at times a difficult read, as David Lyons discovers his 12 year old son has an aggressive childhood cancer and sister Linda Lyons Richardson has an incurable ovarian cancer, it is an uplifting testimony also to the triumph of a real faith, of the joy of families, of restoring connections and of enjoying the tender moments while they are there. There is a great honesty, vulnerability and rawness about some of the entries here and it is used effectively.
    I found the questions for reflection at the end of chapters particularly interesting. They are the kind of questions that might be asked at a Book Club and a useful way of opening up your reaction to parts of the book to others. This is a book about pain and suffering certainly but it is also a book about joy. It is also a book where you will find satisfying rather than a conventionally happy ending mirroring that 'real life has uncertainties'
    One of the final observations made in the book is that our communities contain what one of the authors calls 'a fraternity of suffering people' and we are called to offer words, actions, prayer and collective effort where we can. There are many lessons to learn from this book, but while the main message is that comfort and love can come out of pain and distress, an equally important teaching is that we need to 'be there' when others are suffering - we are created as humans to be authentic with each other and with our God. Otherwise, we shield ourselves from the love that we so desperately need and that others are willing to share.
    This is a spiritual title but deserves a wide readership. The authors struggle with the big questions and find their own answers. I would recommend this book highly as a revealing and intimate account of learning to grow through an encounter with suffering. A fulfilling reading experience.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Don't Waste The Pain

    Don't Waste the Pain: Learning to Grow Through Suffering by David Lyons and Linda Lyons Richardson is an inspirational book created as a result of the journaling of brother and sister, David and Linda, and their experiences with pain and torments of cancer on their families. David's 12 year old son, Ian, is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which ultimatly takes his life a year later at age 13. Linda is diagnosed with cancer, and is successfully fighting a life long up and downhill battle with cancer. Through their journal entries, insights and some photgraphs, the reader can get a glimpse into the pain and resulting faith of these two families in the face of the greatest pain and suffering that one can experience. God does not always give us the answers we want, but nevetheless in the fact of pain and trials we can always be assured it is for the greater, eternal purpose, and that there is more to life than this limited temporary life on earth. For anyone going through a difficult time, this book will be inspirational as it also draws on scripture to back up the faith of these two heroic familes. What a unique perspective, to see the pain and trials of life as something to be used for a greater purpose and not wasted! As a blogger for Napress I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    Don't Waste the Pain

    Like the cover implies, this is a book on suffering. It has a Christian twist, though. In all of the sufferings and hardships written about by the brother and sister, God is intertwined. The Word of God is quoted quite often and in very relevant fashions. Even though the passages are great and the overarching theme has to do with growing through suffering, this book is definitely not for the faint of heart. Cancer, depression, death, and other tragedies are described. Since they relate to family and friends that are real and not made up, the stories hit closer to home. Also, there are pictures included of both good times and bad that can pull at readers' heartstrings. Overall, this book has some great messages but definitely is not a book to read on a summer beach.

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