Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting

by Dave Furman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433550034
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 08/31/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 411,695
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dave Furman (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which he planted in 2010. Dave and his wife, Gloria, have four children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 15

1 Grieving Your Loss in Another's Pain 21

2 Walking with God 33

3 Faithful Friendship 45

4 Be a Hope Dealer 59

5 Serve Like Jesus 71

6 The Power of God in Prayer 85

7 Hope for the Hard Conversations 97

8 Whatever You Do, Don't Do These Things 111

9 The Church's Gracious Pursuit of the Hurting 131

Conclusion 143

Afterword: A Letter from My Wife 147

Recommended Resources 155

Notes 159

General Index 163

Scripture Index 167

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“When Jesus said that he came to serve and not be served, he must’ve had in mind the many people who help Dave Furman. This remarkable story provides soul-strengthening encouragement to those who daily bear the burdens of people like me and Dave, people who just need a helping hand, day after day. I intend to give Being There to the many people who are daily there for me, a quadriplegic—it’s a must read for any believer who desires to follow Jesus in a life of service to others.”
Joni Eareckson Tada,Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“As a long-term chronic pain sufferer, a pastor to suffering people, and a friend of Dave’s, I highly recommend this book. It is deeply personal, painful, and, above all, hopeful, and I am so glad he has taken the time to share his experiences. This book will point professionals, husbands, wives, and the friends of those who suffer from long-term chronic pain to the glorious truths found in the gospel of Jesus. This is not a book that offers easy solutions, but instead brings Bible-centered counsel to bear on the dark moments of life.”
Mez McConnell,Senior Pastor, Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland; Director, 20schemes; author,Church in Hard Places

“As I think about the people in my world with chronic pain and ongoing difficulties, and about my awkwardness in knowing how best to walk with them, I can’t imagine a better guide than Dave Furman. Being There is filled with insight that only someone who has walked this road can provide.”
Nancy Guthrie, author, Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story

“As we see in the Scriptures, suffering can create confusion and consternation. How are we to think rightly about darker times? Even more, how can we minister to those suffering and see them (and those nearest to them) in all their humanity to support and encourage? Dave Furman has served us well with Being There. It is an immensely practical book that is saturated with the truth of God’s Word. I have read many books on suffering, and Dave has some unique insights that will encourage your heart. So, whether you are reading this for you, or because someone you love is currently struggling, I believe this book will serve to lift up your eyes to your loving Father who knows your situation and hasn’t abandoned you!”
Matt Chandler,Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel

“Pastors: you will love chapter eight. It will supply your church with invaluable guidelines for helping others. The rest of us: we will be better friends to those who suffer when we meditate on Dave’s wise counsel.”
Ed Welch,counselor; faculty member, The Christian Counseling &Educational Foundation; author, Shame Interrupted and Side by Side

“Too often, books are written for the hurting, and the person left out is the friend or family member who is helping the hurting. That’s why Dave Furman’s Being There will be an invaluable resource.”
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, The Pastor and Counseling and She’s Got the Wrong Guy

“Dave Furman has written an insightful and needed book for those who find themselves at a loss when it comes to helping hurting people. Writing from the vantage point of one who daily struggles with pain, Dave gives authoritative counsel to those eager to learn the art of being present and the skill of giving practical care.”
JR Vassar, Lead Pastor, Church at the Cross, Grapevine, Texas; author,Glory Hunger

“Dave Furman has written a book that will be a huge blessing to those who read it and to the suffering friends God has given them the privilege of serving. This is full of pastoral wisdom, profound theology, and deeply personal experience. It is a beautiful book with a beautiful message.”
Sam Allberry,Speaker, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Is God Anti-Gay? and7 Myths about Singleness

“So much of the Christian life is a matter of simply being there—for those who are hurting. For many years Dave Furman has faithfully modeled being there for others while he himself has benefited from those who have been there for him. This gives him a unique perspective and wisdom in crafting a book about helping the hurting. I highly recommend it.”
Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com

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