The Study Guide has been specifically designed to aid the reader in directly applying the principles discussed in the text of the main book, Living Through Crises, to his or her own life. The questions are so pointed, so specific, that the principles discussed in the book are not only reinforced but are held forth as a mirror for personal, self-evaluation. It is impossible to discuss the questions without recognizing where you stand spiritually. And these are not random questions. They are formulated to help the reader work his way through each chapter of the book, section by section. The first question asked is this one: List and describe the emotional changes that the author experiences from the time of his sonogram to the time that his doctor explains the necessary surgery. Include those what the author describes explicitly, as well as any that you would imagine he experienced. After this question is dealt with, it is followed by this one: What kind of emotions have you experienced during your trial? And this question is followed by this one: Have you been able to control your emotions? Do you experience peace and hope consistently? All of these questions relate to the author's story which narrates the emotions he experienced when cancer was found on his kidney and the doctor's explanation of how serious it was. Negative emotions and depressing thoughts are all discussed. There is a way out of these kinds of paralyzing experiences, and this Study Guide helps the reader find that path and walk down it. This book is about "living," really living, living with joy, peace, hope, confidence, and purpose in the midst of the most severe trials that can come your way. This "living" is the result of the supernatural life that comes directly from Jesus. It is your "birthright." All you have to do is claim it for yourself through a vibrant faith that trusts Jesus moment by moment. Living this life is beyond satisfying; it is thrilling. Welcome to an extraordinary adventure!
About the Author
Dale Taliaferro has been teaching the Bible in churches, on university campuses, in business conference rooms, and in homes - both in the U.S. and overseas - since 1970. In addition he served as senior pastor in a Bible Church in Dallas for seven years. He is the founder of Equipped for Life Ministries, an organization dedicated to teaching Christians how to live in light of the resources they have in Jesus. He studied at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He holds a doctorate of ministry as well as two master degrees in theology and ministry. He and his wife, Waunee, live in Dallas, Texas, and have two grown children who love the Lord.