Wow, this book really goes deep when it comes to dealing with the hardest questions of pain and suffering in our lives. I have never experienced any trials of the magnitude this book described but it was a huge encouragement in how to prepare for those times.
One major concept was on the typical responses of Christians to suffering. Some conclude that God is irrelevant and we must move on the best we can. Others conclude that we must comply in the dark with uncomplaining submission. We loose sight of how His great love restrains Him from giving us our dream so that He can give us a whole new dream.
Let me share a few of my favorite quotes:
”I have come to believe that suffering is necessary to awaken our desire for God and to develop confidence in His desire for us.”
“We assume the goal of life is for everything to go well. We cannot count on God to arrange what happens in our lives in ways that will make us feel good. We can count on God to patiently remove all the obstacles to pure enjoyment of Him.”
“We should enjoy blessings but when they become the basis of my joy and I claim them as my right, this mindset makes God seem unresponsive [when I ask Him why I am suffering].”
“Only a thrilling, soul-pleasuring encounter with God that generates more pleasure than sin will free us from our addiction to sin.”
“More dreams must shatter before they experience their deepest joy in Christ. The journey continues, a journey through shattered dreams into the exquisite joy of encountering Christ.”
Daniel and I finished reading this book together on our road trip to NC for the FEW Conference and would both whole-heartedly recommend it. Thank you, Hannah Stelzl, for recommending this book to me!