á Read ↠´ Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul ↠´ When I first started showing signs of my neuro degenerative disease, I spent a lot of time writing about my experience with suffering I haven t written anything on the topic for many years Partly because life happens and time to sit down and write is costly However, I ve also come to believe that, though my thoughts at the time were sincere, they were a bit misguided I allowed my experience with suffering to consume me and although I wouldn t have said it at the time, my theology of suffering was very me centered.
C Sproul s book, Surprised by Suffering Sproul writes with the wisdom that a lifetime in the pastorate produces This book is invaluable If you are suffering, it may not scratch that itch to go deep into the emotional struggles that you are experiencing, but it will assuredly anchor your soul in the profound hope that is ours in Christ What I am trying to say Okay book, but not really about suffering It s about death and heaven Good info, but not super deep.
Summary Suffering Often Seems To Catch Us By Surprise One Day We Are Healthy, Comfortable, And Happy The Next We Find Ourselves Ill Or Injured, Struggling, And Distraught The Pain That Invades Our Lives May Come From Our Own Suffering Or That Of A Loved One But No Matter The Source, We Didn T See It Coming All Too Often, Our Perplexity Prompts Us To Suspect God Of Wrongdoing In This Classic Book, Republished In A Revised And Expanded Edition, Dr R C Sproul Argues That We Should Not Be Surprised by Suffering Instead, We Should Expect Pain And Sorrow In This Life Some Are Actually Called To A Vocation Of Suffering, And All Of Us Are Called To Undergo The Ultimate Suffering Of Death God Promises In His Word That Difficult Times Will Come Upon Us, But He Also Promises That He Allows Suffering For Our Good And His Glory, And He Will Never Give Us Than We Can Bear With His Help Dr Sproul Offers Solid Biblical Counsel And Comfort For Those Undergoing Suffering And For Those Who Minister To The Suffering, Counsel That Helps Believers Stand In Times Of Trial With Faith In A God Who Is Both Loving And Good Chapters Suffering, Perplexity, And Despair Walking The Via Dolorosa A Case Study In Suffering Purpose In Suffering The Final Calling Dying In Faith Speculations On Life After Death Jesus And The Afterlife To Die Is Gain A Vision Of Things To Come Conclusion Resources Appendix Questions And Answers Index Of Scripture Index Of Subjects And Names It was okay.
Good, not great Nothing particularly problematic A few times the exegesis was questionable, but generally it wasn t in regards to anything core It felt like it had less to do with dealing with suffering and how a Christian should handle it, and just about how Jesus is Lord and we are going to Heaven The bulk of it is spent on discussing the resurrection in detail , Heaven, eternal life, and stuff like that which is relevant to the topic of suffering, but largely secondary in discussions of it It s good stuff, just not what I think a lot people would expect given the title Nothing bad though And the chapter on Heaven at the end is good it basically looks at Revelation 21 and some of chapter 22, a few verses at a time It was very okay If you like R.
C Sproul, or you just want to read it, go ahead You ll probably find some encourag First sentence Christians are those who have faith in Christ We all aspire to possess a faith that is strong and enduring The reality, however, is that faith is not a constant thing Our faith wavers between moments of supreme exultation and trying times that push us to the rim of despair Doubt flashes danger lights at us and threatens our peace Rare is the saint who has a tranquil spirit in all seasons Suffering is one of the most significant challenges to any believer s faith When pain, grief, persecution, or other forms of suffering strike, we find ourselves caught off guard, confused, and full of questions Suffering can strain faith to the limits.
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C Sproul argues that Christians should not be Surprised by Suffering pain, suffering, sorrow, death in this life Instead, we should expect it For not only is it following t I keep hearing about, and seeing, books that imply or directly state that suffering in the life of a Christian is abnormal Actually, suffering is one of the most normal things in the life of a Christian That suffering may be physical persecution, disease, handicap, etc or mental caused by self denial, struggles to keep focused, slaying of lusts.
etc , but it certainly isn t strange Peter writes to the Churches, Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you Instead, because you are participating in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed 1Pe 4 12 13 ISV And Come, My beloved, inherit the kingdom which has been prepared for you from the beginning of time It is this promise that verifies the apostolic comparison that the afflictions we endure in this life are not even worthy to be compared with the glory God has stored up for us in heaven Rom 8 18 It is by this promise, sealed by divine oath, that we know our suffering is never, never, never in vain Amen Surprised by Suffering was a surprisingly interesting and easy to read book So many times, at least in my experience, books like this can be dry and dullbut not this one I fully enjoyed reading it and believe it s one I ll be rereading Completely recommend this book.
Surprised by Suffering was a great read I found myself saying so true a lot while reading I appreciated how even when the topic wasn t easy, Sproul still spoke the truth Definitely recommend Is suffering a vocation, a calling from God Is death a vocation What is the purpose of our suffering First published in 1988, Surprised by Suffering is a resource every Christian should read sometime in their lives In this revised and expanded release, a new chapter on Sovereignty adds much to the original version.
Having some friends experiencing a great deal of suffering, I read this book in attempt to find some wisdom to share with them R C Sproul does not disappoint His teaching in this book is very straight forward and addressing the issue of suffering in the life of a Christian exceptionally well.
If you know anything of R C Sproul, you will know that he does not teach a pie in the sky view of Christianity What were my favorite parts and what new insights did I gain from reading this He first addresses Karl Marx comment that relig