Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain: Uncovering the Hidden Potential in Life’s Most Common Struggles by Dr. Paul Meier and Dr. David L. Henderson is a great book for readers who are looking to see a greater purpose in the painful moments of life. Through out this book the authors challenge the reader to not seek a pain free existence, but rather to learn and grow through pain to see God’s greater purpose. Both authors share keen insights from both personal and clinical experience.
The book is divided into seven sections with four chapters each. The sections include Injustice, Rejection, Loneliness, Loss, Discipline, Failure, and Death. Each section is stand alone and the reader can jump ahead to a section without fear of having missed vital information in a section prior.
I appreciated authors’ writing styles. The use of real life stories and examples helped to insure that this book was an easy read and never boring. I enjoyed reading the keen insights from two brilliant men who have years of Biblical counseling experience in walking with people through pain. The credibility of the authors, the easy to reference sectioning, and the readable style has guaranteed this book a spot on my shelf for years to come.
- You may also want to check out If God is Good by Randy Alcorn
This is a very practical and readable book on pain and adversity. Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain is an excellent resource. The retail price is $22.99 (Hardcover), and is available at places like Amazon.com for $16.55. I gave it four stars.
Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a free review copy from the Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ ). There was no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.
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Out of the four reviews I read for this book, yours was the most thorough. I had pretty much decided this book was probably not worth buying as it sounded from the previous reviewers too cold and clinical. From your review I now realize that is not the case at all. Thank you for giving yourself the time to write a really good review of this book.