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Acclaimed writer and pastor Timothy Keller grapples with the age-old question: how do we deal with pain and suffering, both in our own lives and in the world around us? The problem of pain is a perennial one, and for those who undergo particular sufferings it can often be the largest obstacle for trusting in a good and loving God.

If such a God exists, why is there so much suffering in the world? And how do we deal with it when it comes into our lives? In his fullest and most passionately argued audiobook since 2008's best seller The Reason for God, New York pastor and church planter Tim Keller brings his authoritative teaching, sensitivity to contemporary culture and pastoral heart to this pressing question, offering no easy answers but giving guidance, encouragement and inspiration.

©2013 Timothy Keller (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Masterpiece on the topic! A must read!

I have long grappled with and studied the issue of 'pain and suffering' in the life of a christian. There have been so many teachings and books by various authors trying to give explanation or some consolation for those finding themselves in 'paing and suffering' not for a season but for a life-time and I have found all that I have covered in this topic to be lacking empathy, understanding, insight and even theological grounds in some cases. More often than not, the problem is sought in the person themselves - 'something is wrong with your life' type of comments (remember the boook of Jobe?); next in line are those preachers and teachers who promise 'you do this and that and the recipe will work' (the 'divine vending machine' approach) . There are also those who just sweep the problem under the carpet and say ' well, swallow it - the will of God is mystery' (put up with it and 'disengage your heart and brain' approach). Neither of these approaches is knowledgeable, scriptural, edifying or offering any sort of real consolation or understanding. This book by Keller, however, I find to be the first ground-braker on the subject! Here you will find some explanation, some encouragement, lots of empathy and some horizon on how to continue a life that is ridden with suffering and no hope. This book is a 'balm' for the hurting heart, a theological pillar for the mind on the subject and a correct understanding of what little there is and can hardly be understood in the mysterious will of God. REALLY - READ THIS BOOK!

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a difficult subject but essential reading

Clear insights into how Christian faith helps people to walk through suffering . recommended to deepen that faith.

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Excellent answer to the most puzzling question.

Keller covers every angle in investigating how to handle pain and suffering. He addresses all the different sources and kinds of suffering, and shows that our view of life's purpose and God's plan have a huge bearing on how fitted we will be to face it. He shows that, while the Bible doesn't address every question we have or provide a one-size-fits-all answer, it gives us the resources in God and the gospel to have peace in the midst of turmoil.