The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain

The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain

by Scott Cairns
     
 

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Drawing upon personal experience and a compelling range of early Christian traditions and the writings of poets, prophets and wise men and women, Scott Cairns offers the fruit of his pondering of suffering - his own, yours, ours.

The central argument of The End of Suffering is most directly addressed by Simone Weil’s affirmation that “The

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Drawing upon personal experience and a compelling range of early Christian traditions and the writings of poets, prophets and wise men and women, Scott Cairns offers the fruit of his pondering of suffering - his own, yours, ours.

The central argument of The End of Suffering is most directly addressed by Simone Weil’s affirmation that “The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it.”

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Library Journal
Cairns, a poet (Compass of Affection), memoirist (Short Trip to the Edge), and essayist, offers a profoundly touching and deeply considered treatment of the notion of suffering, especially grief, in a Christian's life. For Cairns, suffering is not about the presence of evil; instead, it provides occasions where God can be known more intimately. Suffering, in other words, is an occasion for grace, God's and our own. VERDICT Eloquent in its simplicity, Cairns's brief book is a superb treatment of the thorny issues of suffering and grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557255631
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,474,653
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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