When Suffering Is Redemptive
Stories of How Anguish and Pain Accomplish God’s Mission
Larry J. Water
Joni Eareckson Tada
When Suffering Is Redemptive offers hope when life is difficult. The eight stories of this book do not seek to explain the why of suffering, but rather present ways that God transforms and redeems suffering-particularly how suffering leads to ministry opportunities. Though the stories are personal and sometimes difficult to tell, the authors are transparent with their struggles and honest in their questions. Yet they have not lost sight of Christ and his purpose for their lives. This book will challenge readers to develop a richer sense of God's sustaining grace in the midst of suffering and disability, hopefully resulting in the compassionate involvement of church ministries with those who are in the trenches of their own personal pain or struggles. Along with the personal stories, this book includes discussion questions and suggested resources at the end of each chapter.
Larry J. Waters (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is the editor of Why, O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church (Crossway). He is Professor of Bible Exposition, and Lead Editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, the academic journal for Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty of Dallas, he and his wife, Mary, served as missionaries in the Philippines from 1973 to 1999. His worldwide ministry continues, primarily in the Philippines with Biblical Education by Extension World Missions. Dr. Waters and his wife enjoy time with their two daughters and sons-in-law and their five grandchildren.