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Pain is inevitable, universal, and for over one hundred million Americans, it’s nearly constant. Chronic pain can be a miserable existence, but it doesn’t mean we have to become miserable people.With his own chronic pain ailin him, pastor Craig Selness speaks and writes about pain using a Biblical perspective on living well. The good news of the gospel is that we can continue to do good – to be kindand gracious and loving and hopeful – despite physical struggle. His thoughtful, honest, and scriptural words will encourage anyone who hurts or loves someone who does.
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About the Author
Craig Selness developed necrosis of the hip in 2010 and, after five surgeries in thirteen months, still struggles with near constant pain. He earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Santa Clara University, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife Brenda founded Cornerstone Community Church in San Jose, California, which merged with Menlo Church, San Jose, where he still serves as the Pastor of Community Life.
Table of Contents
Foreword John Ortberg 1
Chapter 1 "When the pain is me; Wanting to be better even when I don't feel better." 5
Chapter 2 "When the pain persists: Managing my pain by managing my life." 19
Chapter 3 "When I don't know what to think: Tracking truth we can trust." 33
Chapter 4 "When it's my own fault: Managing self-inflicted pain." 45
Chapter 5 "When I'm the victim: Managing unjust hurts." 61
Chapter 6 "When nobody did it: Navigating the acts of God." 81
Chapter 7 "When pain is a calling: Embracing God's plan for my pain." 97
Chapter 8 "When pain is just plain evil: Engaging the enemy." 115
Chapter 9 "When pain wears me down: Make a place for grace." 131
Chapter 10 "When my pain is their gain: How not to waste a hurt." 145
Chapter 11 "When you've tried everything: Do healthy things." 159
Chapter 12 "When pain meets its match: There's hope for the long haul." 173