Exploring the biblical truths found in each stanza of the classic hymn “How Firm a Foundation,” David Powlison invites us to see God’s perspective on and purpose for our suffering.
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About the Author
David Powlison(MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a teacher, a counselor, and the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He is also the senior editor of theJournal of Biblical Counselingand the author ofSeeing with New Eyes,Good &Angry, andSpeaking Truth in Love.
What People are Saying About This
“Whenever my friend David Powlison offers insights on handling hardships, I listen. Far from dispensing ivory-tower platitudes, David takes anchors from Scripture and bolts them firmly into our thinking, providing practical steps in embracing the God of the Bible who, incidentally, wrote the book on suffering. David’s wisdom has helped me through a significant portion of my years as a quadriplegic, and I highly commend God’s Grace in Your Suffering. What a great guide for those who, every day, journey the hard, bloodstained path to Calvary.”
Joni Eareckson Tada,Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“Sometimes navigating the advice of others while in the midst of suffering can be an added trial. Powlison puts all of that to rest by giving readers the gospelshowing them the firm foundation of the Word. He puts the compass of God’s Word in our trembling hands and points us to true north: Christ himself.”
Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
“Tender, refreshing, and thoroughly biblical, God’s Grace in Your Suffering is a cup of cold water for those in the desert of suffering. Writing from the perspective of both a fellow sufferer and a wise counselor, Powlison gently leads us to find God’s goodness, grace, and comforting presence in our pain. We see how God is at work in our trials and can bring gold out of our afflictions. My copy is well marked as I know I will refer to this insightful book again and again!”
Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering
“Because David Powlison understands that ‘profound good in our lives often emerges in a crucible of significant suffering,’ he is fit to lead us in a workshop on suffering and God’s grace. And that’s exactly what God’s Grace in Your Suffering isa workshop where Powlison walks us through Scripture, the hymn ‘How Firm a Foundation,’ and our (and his) experiences, that we may see God’s goodness and seek God’s grace in and through our suffering.”
Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; Cofounder and President, Coalición; author, Seven Dangers Facing Your Church and 1 Peter for You
“Here’s a short book that is long on biblical wisdom for real life. I look forward to putting this book into the hands of those who struggle to connect the promises of the Bible with the painful realities of life in this world in a way that brings peace.”
Nancy Guthrie, author, Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story
“Yes and amen! David Powlison brings together suffering and the powerful, tender God who is with us in our sufferings and in whom they have meaning and purpose. You will find a big-picture view that breathes hope and encouragement, as well as profound nuggets that you will want to tape up over the kitchen sink to savor. As always, David makes things practical, personal, and ‘ordinary.’ If you live in this broken world, you will want to read this book!”
Elizabeth W. D. Groves, Lecturer in Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Grief Undone and Becoming a Widow
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Book description from Crossway: "There are never quick fixes or easy answers when it comes to suffering. But even when we can’t immediately see God’s hand—when the struggle is hard and painful—he is working. Weaving together Scripture, personal stories, and the words of the classic hymn “How Firm a Foundation,” David Powlison brings an experienced counselor’s touch to exploring how God enters into our sufferings, helping us see God working in our own particular struggles—and discover how God’s grace goes deeper than we could ever imagine." All of us have suffered at some point. All of us are experiencing some sort of suffering now. For the future, there will be times that we have to deal with all sorts of problems. Philosophies, religions, and sciences have developed to alleviate the question of suffering in human existence. Christianity also has something to say about suffering, and the Bible is often filled with suffering. It is often said that struggle and suffering are inevitable in Christian life, but the Bible also reminds us that God is our anchor in the midst of suffering. This book tries to remind us that even in suffering, God is with us. The author shares his personal tragedies and significant illnesses that caused suffering. It also returns to the Bible and what God says about suffering. It also aims to make the book personal to the reader, there are some worksheets that require you to open your Bible and find the answer to your personal suffering. Each of us have different problems and needs, and this book doesn't try to be a remedy for a specific problem but applicable to all. The book reminds us that as Christians, we are not to expect a life free from suffering, but we need a Christian perspective on the problem of suffering. The advice is rooted in the word of God and the author's experiences add a personal and unique touch to the book. It is very readable and short enough but deals with the common problems each of us face. It also presents that suffering is not always an affliction, but a way that God teaches us. This is ideal for people who deal with present suffering and those in need of reassurance. After finishing the book, the reader is left with a sense of hope and a renewed trust in God. *This book is a complimentary copy from Crossway for their Blog Review Program.