What is this book about?
This book is from the transcripts of the talks given in the Desiring God 2005 Conference. The speakers have all experienced suffering and approach the issue of how God’s sovereignty relates to human suffering. They approach the issue with a common theology but from different angles.
This is not an academic book. It’s a book from people who have suffered.This book gives real answers to deep questions such as:
- In what ways is God sovereign over Satan’s work?
- How can we be free and responsible if God ordains our choices?
- What is the ultimate reason that suffering exists?
- How does suffering help to advance the mission of the church?
- How should we understand the origin of ethnic-based clashes and suffering?
- How does God’s grace enter our sufferings?
- Why is it good for us to meditate upon the depth and pain of severe suffering?
- What is the role of hope when things look utterly hopeless?
Part 1 focuses most specifically on the sovereignty of God in and over suffering.
Part 2 asks why God allows pain, and answers the question.
Part 3 looks at the grace of God in our suffering.
Whom is this book for?
Perhaps your suffering has been so severe and relentless that you are on the verge of losing all hope. Or at the other end of the spectrum, perhaps you have a slightly guilty feeling because, though you see suffering all around, you have experienced very little suffering directly. Perhaps you are working through some of the deep theological questions surrounding this issue. Or perhaps you simply need to read that others have suffered too—and survived with their faith intact. Dear reader, are you in one of the above situations? Then, this book is for you.
The prayer of the contributors is that God would direct the right readers—in accordance with his sovereign purposes—to its pages, and that he would change all of us so that we might experience more grace and hope.
May God do just that.
To read the Introduction and Chapter 1for free, go here first and click the “Sample Pages” link.