Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

by Dave Furman


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ISBN-13: 9781433556456
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 01/31/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 704,912
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(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 He Can Surf Any Wave 21

2 He Is Our Refuge 31

3 The Ultimate Rescue Mission 41

4 The Greatest Exchange in All of History 49

5 God Is Not Dead 59

6 Look, I Am Your Father 69

7 He Really Knows Every Hair on Your Head 77

8 The Waves Have a Glorious Purpose 87

9 Weakness Is Always the Way 95

10 You Are a Part of Christ's Body 105

11 The Wave Maker Will Carry You to Shore 113

12 Extreme Makeover 121

13 Heaven Is for Real 129

Conclusion 137

Appendix: Recommended Resources 141

Notes 147

General Index 153

Scripture Index 157

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“If you want a book that promises you a life of instant healing and happy endings, give this book a miss. You’ll be better off with the many books that specialize in empty promises. But if you want a book that is realistic about years of chronic pain and debilitating depression, yet drives you toward the comforts of Christ and his gospel, read this book. Dave Furman does not provide us with an abstract dissertation; rather, out of his own experience he shows us what it means to kiss the wave that throws you onto the Rock of Ages.”
D. A. Carson,Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

“Dave so gently reminds us that God doesn’t expect us to call the hardest parts of life ‘good,’ but instead desires for us to hold fast to his immeasurable, never-ending goodness in the midst of our suffering.”
Jennie Allen, author, Nothing to Prove; Founder, IF:Gathering

“Depression has been a close companion for most of my life, though I did not recognize it for what it was until I planted Renovation Church. At times it has been debilitating. At times I have wanted to run away from everything that, in more reasonable seasons, I love. Only the grace of God and the abiding presence of his Spirit have gotten me through. I only wish over these many years a work as powerful as this one would have been available as an encouragement, reminder, and rebuke on more volatile days. I am thankful to Dave Furman for pouring out his heart and story into these pages, but most of all I am thankful for his pointing us to the living God.”
Lèonce B. Crump Jr., Founder, Renovation Church, Atlanta, Georgia; author, Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are

Kiss the Wave was not simply written by Dave Furman. Dave lives these words. He knows what it is to gasp for air in the churning place where wave smashes stone. With faithful endurance and Scripture-seasoned words, Dave compels us to think of our inevitable suffering theologically, not theoretically. With a courageous heart, he loves his family, serves his flock, and champions the cause of our sovereign God with a vigorous joy that belies his constant chronic pain. Jesus is the hero of his story. Dave Furman is eminently qualified to shepherd us in the matter of suffering, for not only is he a herald of God’s Word, but he is also a man who is learning, over and over, to kiss the wave.”
Colin Buchanan, singer; songwriter

“Dave Furman not only offers a careful exegesis of the Word of God for those who are suffering, but also shares his own story of constant pain and weakness in light of a God who loves. This is not a detached theological examination of suffering in God’s world, but rather the testimony of a man who loves God and desires to live according to God’s call on his life despite being unable to button his own shirt. If you’re suffering, you need to read this book. If you love other sufferers, share it with them.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Give Them Grace

“This is a remarkable book—searingly honest, genuinely funny, relentlessly grounded, and, above all, saturated with the gospel. Dave Furman has succeeded in equipping us to face the suffering that eventually comes to all of us in a way that flows from who we are in Christ. He has provided us with a rich and moving exposition of what the Christian life looks like in real time. Let me put this simply: read this book!”
J. Gary Millar, Principal, Queensland Theological College, Australia; author, Calling on the Name of the Lord and Now Choose Life; coauthor, Saving Eutychus

“Dave Furman knows suffering and trials better than most men I know. Suffering and trials are not mere theoretical constructs in his life, but everyday realities that propel him into the arms of a loving Savior. With a pastor’s heart and a fellow sufferer’s empathy, Dave guides us with his characteristic lucidity, warmth, and clear-mindedness. He reminds us that in times of trial and trouble, far from being absent, the Father’s pruning hand is closest to us. Don’t read this book to merely gain knowledge or a quick fix, but to truly understand and live out the psalmist’s cry, ‘It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.’”
Jonathan Holmes, Pastor of Counseling, Parkside Church; Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling; Council Member, Biblical Counseling Coalition

“I was deeply encouraged by this book! It is great for anyone, but just right for someone in the midst of suffering. Few can achieve the delicate balance between biblical truth, empathy, and understanding of the struggle, while also pointing toward hope in the Lord. Dave has done this well. His meditations on Scripture comfort and encourage us to see joy in God’s good plans for even the hardest trials of our life. Stories from his personal struggles and those of others add a sense of camaraderie and bring to life the fight for joy in the middle of great trials. A great resource!”
Connie Dever, author, He Will Hold Me Fast; Curriculum and Music Writer, The Praise Factory

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What does it mean to “kiss the wave?” These words, attributed to nineteenth-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, speak to the Christian’s only hope for perseverance in suffering. What if we can learn to experience the nearness of God in the midst of suffering? What if God intends to work through our trials rather than simply take them away?" In his book, Dave Furman takes the reader on the journey of embracing God in your trial. As someone who has lived with a debilitating nerve condition in both arms for more than a decade, Dave Furman knows suffering and pain. He knows what it is like to feel limited, to feel like less than enough. To this day, he cannot play everything he wants with his children and meeting new people is hard because of the pain in his arms. He knows what it is like to question God in the midst of suffering. "Our view of God's ways is like looking at the ocean from the beach: there's more of the ocean that you do not see than what you do see. Likewise, there is more to your trial than meets the eye, but it is hard to remember that when we misunderstand or misbelieve who Jesus is." When I stumbled upon this book, I was intrigued. Suffering is a common theme in our Christian walks. I have read a lot on suffering and its meaning in the life of a Christian as well. However, Kiss the Wave turned out to be a lot better than I expected. It is beautifully written. Better yet, it contains the beautiful truth of God's Word and His purposes for us. I could not put this book down once I started reading it, for all that it contained. The way Dave Furman approached suffering was honest and real. Still in every page of the book, he offered hope. I loved it. Friend, if you are going through a trial or a season of suffering. Or if you know a friend who is going through a trial right now. This is the book to read. These pages are woven with truth and hope, and it is all done beautifully. We can experience the closeness of God in our trials. We just need to have the right attitude.
stefanie_sugia More than 1 year ago
Compared to Dave Furman and several other people mentioned in this book, I'd have to say that my life is far from what you'd call 'suffering'. Even so, I believe that every single person in this world has their own portion of adversities in life, no one has it easy. That's why I find this book extremely relevant and helpful; not just for people who are in the midst of suffering, but for those who are preparing for it as well. It definitely strengthens my faith and secure my foundation in Christ with biblical truths; so that when I'm faced with greater difficulties in the future, I will not be easily shaken. I learned a lot from this book and took a lot of notes as I was reading it. One of the things that struck me the most was when the author mentioned how some people usually try to comfort those who are suffering. People will say things like 'I know exactly how you feel' or 'Your grief reminds me of a time when I went through something', and it's almost never helpful. I've actually said similar things in the past to people who shared their struggles with me. However, this book reminded me that we can never truly understand how other people felt amidst their misery. But Jesus can; and he understands perfectly what each of us are going through. He's the all-knowing God who became flesh and experienced all sorts of hardships that we could ever think of. I also kept reminding myself that whatever I'm going through, Jesus will always understand our struggles even when nobody else can. For the most part, this book encouraged the readers to deepen their understanding about God. Yes, God is more than able to eliminate all our problems and hardships in an instant; but he's much more concerned about our understanding of who he truly is. We might not get to know the entirety of God's characters if we are not faced with adversities in life. As mentioned multiple times in this book, sufferings are not good on its own; but as God promised, he is able to work all things (including our trials) for good—according to his purposes. God wants us to be focused on his never-changing character, instead of being fixated on our challenging situation. Finding joy during a difficult season is something that's easier said than done. That's why it is important to constantly preach ourselves with the good news of the gospel. Sufferings are inevitable—they're a part of this life. As Christians, we are not immune to these afflictions, but we do have the privilege of knowing Christ as our savior. I would definitely hold on to this book for myself and for other people in times of difficulties when hope and reassurance will be needed. Instead of wasting time by resenting God, I'm learning to embrace Him in all circumstances—believing that God knows what's best for us and his plans are always good. I also love how this book always refers back to Bible verses that builds up our faith in God's Word. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's going through a difficult time or situation. It has successfully given me a new perspective on the term 'suffering', and I will always remember the phrase 'Kiss the Wave'. An incredibly inspiring and encouraging book! Would love to read more of Dave Furman's books in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never text as many quotes from a book to anyone but as I read Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials written by Dave Furman and published by Crossway, I could help sending those messages to my wife. You see my wife suffers from chronic pain and fatigue. Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus has not only taken a toll on her physically, but mentally and spiritually. Dave Furman, pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, suffers from a nerve ailment that leaves him in severe pain and the inability to properly use his hands. When Dave wrote this book he did so from a life of experience. The result was one of the most powerful books that I’ve ever read on the subject of suffering and the Christian’s response to it. I can’t recommend this read enough. The book’s title comes from a quote from Charles Spurgeon where he said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” Spurgeon knew pain and depression. He didn’t just sling those words out. He knew the waves. Dave Furman knows the waves as well. Both Spurgeon and Furman are not asking you to just try harder in painful times, but rather learn to embrace God in the midst of the suffering. The author seeks to help you embrace God by offering up the following chapters: • He Can Surf Any Wave – a look at the Mark passage where Jesus walks on the water where Jesus reveals His character to his disciples. • He Is Our Refuge – an encouragement to see God’s presence in the midst of our times of suffering and the value that recognition brings. • The Ultimate Rescue Mission – a view of the implications of Christ coming to this earth as a baby and how that should sustain us in our pain. • The Greatest Exchange in All of History – a look into the crucifixion, the fact that Christ took our place, and the magnificent grace of God that has been shown us. What effect does this have on us in our times of suffering? • God Is Not Dead – what does the resurrection of Jesus promise us? What hope do we have because of this promise? • Look, I Am Your Father – a look into the fact that God has adopted us and what it means to be His child when we suffer. • He Really Knows Every Hair on Your Head – a call to meditate on the fact that you are known by God and why we shouldn’t search out a cheap substitute for that fact here on this earth. • The Waves Have a Glorious Purpose – a look at John 15 and the pruning process. What purpose might God have when He prunes us? • Weakness Is Always the Way – a study of why we should glory in our weakness and how God uses it. • You Are a Part of Christ’s Body – a wonderful study of how even the weak parts of the body are necessary in the Body of Christ. • The Wave Maker Will Carry You to Shore – a reminder that even in our darkest moments that God never loses us and that we can persevere. • Extreme Makeover – a call to look to our future where God has prepared for us a permanent home and new bodies. • Heaven Is for Real – a reminder to us that heaven is on the way and that we are able to live in light of eternity while struggling in moments of pain here on this earth. Seeing my own wife struggle with pain regularly may have caused me to read this book with greater intensity, but the truth is that I found it to be a great source of encouragement. Do you know somebody that is struggling? Order this book for them. Please it in their hands. They need the truth that this book, which is based on the W