The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering

The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering

by Vaneetha Rendall Risner


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The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering by Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from schoolmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.

In The Scars That Have Shaped Me, Vaneetha does more than share her stories of pain; she invites other sufferers to taste with her the goodness of a sovereign God who will carry us in our darkest of days.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941114292
Publisher: Cruciform Press
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 500,050
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada



You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13–14)

1. The Scars That Have Shaped Me 1

2. The Wounds of Bullying 5

3. Is God Really There? 9

4. Burying a Son 13

5. My Failing Body 19

6. A Crumbled Marriage 25


Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law. (Psalm 119:153)

7. Lament: Beauty from Bitterness 33

8. Crying Out to God

9. Has God Forgotten Me? 45

10. Talking Myself through Suffering 51

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? (Psalm 42:5)

11. How to Pray When Life Falls Apart 57

12. When Disappointment Comes 63

13. When the Detour Becomes the New Road 67

14. Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith 71

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1)

15. The Agony of Waiting 77

16. Begging God 81

17. Unfulfilled Longings 85

I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God, set me on high! (Psalm 69:29)

18. Dependence 91

19. Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone? 97

20. Wheelchairs and Worship 103

21. When the Pain Never Ends 109

I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. (Psalm 69:20)

22. What If the Worst Happens? 115

23. The Loneliness of Suffering 121

24. The Comfort of Others 127

25. When You Struggle to Believe God Loves You 133


Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

26. The Lens of Thanksgiving 139

27. Ever on Display 143

28. Grace Always Heals Deeper 149

29. Suffering Is a Gift 155

30. Sustaining Grace 161

31. The Staggering Promise of Heaven 165

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Anonymous 5 months ago
A must read for anyone going through difficult times. In this book Vaneetha brings perspective, encouragement, and hope in the unfailing love of our faithful God.