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Posted May 22, 2015
This book is the personal account of the author’s experience and pain in the death of his child and how he dealt with that pain…but it also encompasses so much more. It is a book for everyone as it involves loss and pain of every kind which touches each one of us in some way. It can be physical pain of health or death, emotional pain of losing a job, home, etc. or even spiritual pain of the sense of loss in one’s relationship with another person or God.
Mr. Biebel does not sugar coat the real and sometimes ugly, angry feelings that are part of pain. Neither does he provide “magical” solutions. Instead, he gives step by step encouragement and truthful answers based on God and His Word. Because he has walked this road, stumbling many times along the way, he can write what is real, what helps, where the healing begins, and how to again find the deep joy of living in the present.
Although I have never personally experienced the loss of a child, I could relate and gain insights to my own losses through this book. I especially appreciated the “five values of suffering” in chapter 6. These are helpful for all people.
The book is not just the author’s thoughts, but he includes stories from others as well as the findings from research and explanations/comments from professionals. It is a book to help the reader through the grieving process and back into life in the present. I recommend this book to all readers whether they are grieving and in pain themselves, or they are someone who is encouraging another through the process of living with pain.
I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I have posted on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Posted April 2, 2015
If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? by David Biebel -
This empathetic book deals with excruciating pain, staggering grief and unbearable loss.
With a rare sensitivity, intuition and perceptive understanding, culled in the crucible of suffering,
David Biebel offers us fresh hope and insight to look to Jesus, our Comforter.
When mind-boggling pain clouds our clear-sighted vision,
heart-wringing sorrow plunges us into devastating despair
and casts our minds into an emotional tailspin,
how can we possibly see “what’s so good about God in the midst of suffering”?
Called to comfort others with the comfort God comforts us with,
in a passionate reconciliation of God’s grace in affliction,
we prove the paradox of peace and pain united.
For grieving people, only those who have grieved can comfort their broken hearts.
They have the gift to touch the heart of pain gently.
David Biebel honestly reveals the baffling questions in his own heart and soul
as he shares from the depths of his grief, anger and bouts of wrestling with God.
He helps to deliver people from guilt as they learn to deal with problems that threaten to overpower them.
God meets them at the point of their greatest need, as they struggle
to drink the last overwhelming dregs of sorrow, grief and pain.
“If God is so good, why do I hurt so bad?”
And God provides His comforting answer:
“I will heal you, my beloved child.”
- Miriam Jacob
Posted August 11, 2011
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