Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

by Dave Furman


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This book will help us see the way God designs and uses trials for our good, encouraging us to embrace the God who is always near, even in our suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433556456
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 01/31/2018
Pages: 160
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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, 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, New York Times best-selling author, Get Out of Your Head; 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, coauthor, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women

“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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