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Sometimes life doesn't make sense. When death, illness, unemployment, or a difficult relationship challenges everything we thought we knew, we can feel utterly unprepared to cope. Best-selling author Paul David Tripp weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help us in the midst of suffering, identifying 6 traps to avoid-- Sometimes life doesn't make sense. When death, illness, unemployment, or a difficult relationship challenges everything we thought we knew, we can feel utterly unprepared to cope. Best-selling author Paul David Tripp weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help us in the midst of suffering, identifying 6 traps to avoid--including doubt, discouragement, and denial--and 6 comforts to embrace--including God's presence, God's people, and God's grace. Exploring a wide range of common experiences, this raw yet hope-filled book will empower readers to cling to God's promises when trials come and then move forward with the hope of the gospel.


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Sometimes life doesn't make sense. When death, illness, unemployment, or a difficult relationship challenges everything we thought we knew, we can feel utterly unprepared to cope. Best-selling author Paul David Tripp weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help us in the midst of suffering, identifying 6 traps to avoid-- Sometimes life doesn't make sense. When death, illness, unemployment, or a difficult relationship challenges everything we thought we knew, we can feel utterly unprepared to cope. Best-selling author Paul David Tripp weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help us in the midst of suffering, identifying 6 traps to avoid--including doubt, discouragement, and denial--and 6 comforts to embrace--including God's presence, God's people, and God's grace. Exploring a wide range of common experiences, this raw yet hope-filled book will empower readers to cling to God's promises when trials come and then move forward with the hope of the gospel.

30 review for Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jami Balmet

    This is easily my favorite book that I’ve read in 2018 and in my top 5 of books ever! If you’ve ever encouraged any amount of pain or suffering, then this book is for you (meaning it’s for everyone). Paul gives so much encouragement while also packing a powerful Biblical punch! I was deeply convicted in each chapter and after finishing the hard copy, I promptly purchased the audible version and have told everyone in my family to listen.to.it.NOW!

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Steele

    C.S. wrote, “If I knew a way of escape I would crawl through the sewers to escape the pain.” Whether a person agrees with Lewis’s radical conclusion or not is a matter of personal opinion. However, the problem of suffering is a universal dilemma that every person must face. How we respond to suffering reveals the strength of our Christian resolve and character. Paul David Tripp’s recent book, Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense explores a weighty subject and invites readers onto a C.S. wrote, “If I knew a way of escape I would crawl through the sewers to escape the pain.” Whether a person agrees with Lewis’s radical conclusion or not is a matter of personal opinion. However, the problem of suffering is a universal dilemma that every person must face. How we respond to suffering reveals the strength of our Christian resolve and character. Paul David Tripp’s recent book, Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense explores a weighty subject and invites readers onto a personal journey that will encourage deep humility and personal growth. Speaking personally, Dr. Tripp’s book took my breath away. The author’s transparency and humble approach spoke deeply to my heart and lifted my spirit. In the final analysis, this book has less to do with coping with suffering and more to do with how suffering can supernaturally transform the lives of God’s people. Listen to Tripp’s meditations and allow his words to sink in deeply: “Suffering has the power to turn your timidity into courage and your doubt into surety. Hardship can turn envy into contentment and complaint into praise. It has the power to make you tender and approachable, to replace subtle rebellion with joyful surrender. Suffering has the power to form beautiful things in your heart that reform the way you live your life. It has incredible power to be a tool of transforming grace.” Suffering in many ways is like pouring ice-cold water on an unsuspecting victim; a battering ram that brings even the most powerful to a place of humility and surrender. This volume is quick to remind us that all those who suffer are in desperate need of grace. Tripp adds, “This physical travail, in the hands of my Savior, is a tool used to drive me away from self-sufficiency and into a deeper dependency on God and his people.” Therefore, suffering is greatly used by God to propel his people to a place they never would have reached apart from suffering. This fundamental message of transformation stands at the heart of Tripp’s book and has the power in itself to encourage and equip a lot of people in God’s kingdom. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosanne Lortz

    This practical and theologically sound book on suffering comes from personal experience. Paul David Tripp was a busy counselor and author, working long hours to accomplish lots of good with his ministry. Out of the blue, he lost over half of his kidney function and now, after several surgeries, still suffers from debilitating pain and inability to accomplish things that were once easy for him. In this book he uses personal examples and Biblical teaching to show practical ways to handle the suffe This practical and theologically sound book on suffering comes from personal experience. Paul David Tripp was a busy counselor and author, working long hours to accomplish lots of good with his ministry. Out of the blue, he lost over half of his kidney function and now, after several surgeries, still suffers from debilitating pain and inability to accomplish things that were once easy for him. In this book he uses personal examples and Biblical teaching to show practical ways to handle the suffering that comes from living in a fallen world. This easy-to-read book emphasizes that having a right theology of God will enable us to handle suffering better when it comes. "Suffering is never just a matter of the body but is always also a matter of the heart. It's never just an assault on our situation, but also an attack on our soul.... Too many of us, while battling the cause of our suffering, forget to battle for our hearts." The book also provides practical ways to stop our "functional theology"--the theology that arises from the way we act, not from our head knowledge--from morphing into a heretical view of God. "What controls your mediation will control your thoughts about God, yourself, others, your situation, and even the nature of life itself. And as you meditate on what you are suffering, your joy wanes, you hope fades, and God seems increasingly distant. In the meantime, God hasn't changed, his truth is still true, and what you're facing hasn't grown bigger, but it all seems bigger, darker, and more impossible...." Besides offering advice on controlling our thought life, Tripp reiterates things that Christians know but can forget when they are in the valley. Recount the good things God has done. Sing his praises. Avoid complaining. The Christian community is there to help in times of suffering. Rather than offering the simple platitude that "God has a purpose for our suffering and that all things will work together for good," Tripp examines what that "good" really refers to. He turns to the Psalms and the book of Job to show that a certain level of doubt is a normal reaction to the heaviness of suffering, but it must not be a doubt that calls into question the goodness of God. The doubt of "wonderment" at what God is doing is the Psalmist's way of crying out to God, but the doubt of "judgment" is the way to create a false picture of who God is and make the suffering even harder to bear. This book was a helpful reminder of the spiritual disciplines that can ease and comfort during times of trial. It did feel needlessly repetitive in some parts, but it was a thoroughly edifying read and will be a great blessing to many when it is released later this month. Recommended. Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris MacLeavy

    Suffering isn't a question of if but rather a question of when. There isn't a person among us who has not suffered, or who will not one day experience the pain of loss, the sting of betrayal, or the weakness of their physical body failing. Writing out of his own life-altering suffering, Tripp writes, "[t]here could be no more stunning declaration packed with more practical hope than Jesus' words, 'I am with you always.'" Tripp's book is a gritty, street-level reminder that the hope of redemption Suffering isn't a question of if but rather a question of when. There isn't a person among us who has not suffered, or who will not one day experience the pain of loss, the sting of betrayal, or the weakness of their physical body failing. Writing out of his own life-altering suffering, Tripp writes, "[t]here could be no more stunning declaration packed with more practical hope than Jesus' words, 'I am with you always.'" Tripp's book is a gritty, street-level reminder that the hope of redemption is not just reserved for eternity but is a real, living, present hope; rooted in the fact that God is with you, in you, and for you right here, right now. This book packs a powerful dose of gospel courage as Tripp unpacks the traps of temptation that greet every sufferer and the comforts of grace that are available for those who fear God and trust their lives to his sovereign love and grace in the midst of difficulty. Tripp provides comforting truth for everyone who has suffered and solid gospel preparation for those who haven't.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    This is the best book I’ve ever read on suffering. It is raw and real. The author has gone through some incredible trials and it shows up in how and what he writes. This book is full of hope and comfort that can be ours even in the midst of pain. He writes that besides the suffering of our situation, we suffer the way that we’re suffering that situation. We bring so many beliefs and attitudes about ourselves, others, and God to our trials and they have a huge impact in how we respond to what is This is the best book I’ve ever read on suffering. It is raw and real. The author has gone through some incredible trials and it shows up in how and what he writes. This book is full of hope and comfort that can be ours even in the midst of pain. He writes that besides the suffering of our situation, we suffer the way that we’re suffering that situation. We bring so many beliefs and attitudes about ourselves, others, and God to our trials and they have a huge impact in how we respond to what is happening. “Your suffering is more powerfully shaped by what’s in your heart than by what’s in your body or in the world around you” (location 252). Tripp writes that “Suffering always puts your heart under attack. Suffering makes us all susceptible to temptations that wouldn’t have had such power over us otherwise” (location 413). My family has gone through some really hard times. As I read this book, there were many times when I was nodding in agreement as he spoke of both the difficulties and the comforts. It helped me understand better what I’ve seen in my life and in lives of friends whose experience with suffering has been very different from mine. Suffering is personal and unique to each of us. Tripp told one story that I found very compelling. He shared that as he listened to a couple tell their story of suffering, he realized that they never mentioned God. They couldn’t see God’s presence and help and goodness to them. He took on the job of being their “goodness-of-God tour guide” and lead them back through their story and helped them to see how God was present and good to them. I think this would be a great practice for daily life as well as crucial in our experience of suffering. This book was full of wisdom, encouragement, exhortation, hope, comfort, and truth. I think it’s helpful for someone to read after they’ve gone through a time of suffering as well as during or before. Suffering comes to us all. This book can help us be more ready and understanding of it. I will read it again and again and have already recommended it to others. Thank you to Crossway for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    As someone coming out of a season of suffering, this book is a gift. I was grateful to receive a digital Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Tripp helps us remember that suffering is not without purpose. We're reminded how God works through suffering and get a glimpse into the author's experience. I have already suggested this book to others going through a difficult time. I think it would be an excellent read for pastors, counselors and lay ministers as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tori Samar

    "Beneath the suffering of physical sickness, loss, betrayal, or whatever other dark thing has entered the door is something way more powerful and dangerous. It is the spiritual war that rages in the heart of every sufferer." If you're familiar at all with Paul Tripp's teaching, then you probably know that he places a lot of emphasis on the heart. Our words, emotions, and actions stem from what is in our heart. People and circumstances don't make us behave a certain way; those things simply draw o "Beneath the suffering of physical sickness, loss, betrayal, or whatever other dark thing has entered the door is something way more powerful and dangerous. It is the spiritual war that rages in the heart of every sufferer." If you're familiar at all with Paul Tripp's teaching, then you probably know that he places a lot of emphasis on the heart. Our words, emotions, and actions stem from what is in our heart. People and circumstances don't make us behave a certain way; those things simply draw out what was already in our heart. This book continues in the same vein, emphasizing how suffering uniquely relates to the heart. Tripp is not particularly concerned with either what Christians suffer (e.g., physical pain, divorce, job loss, etc.) or why Christians suffer; he is concerned with how Christians suffer. We will suffer either in agony or at rest depending on what has control of our heart. Is it the traps of fear, envy, doubt, denial, and discouragement or the comforts of God's grace, presence, sovereignty, purpose, and people? With this book, Tripp invites readers to ponder what suffering reveals about the state of their heart and to let times of suffering reorient their heart toward God: The one thing that will bring peace, joy, rest, and lasting satisfaction to your heart, nothing or no one can take away. In fact this thing is not a thing at all; it's a person, the Lord himself, who enters your life by grace and who will never, ever go away. When you find your hope and satisfaction in him, not in people, possessions, money, success, or physical health, no pain or loss can take that satisfaction away. When you truly place your hope in him, nothing is able to plunder your hope. (pp. 207-208)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Dr. Paul Tripp, pastor, counselor, conference speaker and author of at least 21 books, kept up his hectic schedule because he was disciplined about diet, exercise and health. So it was a bolt from the blue when a mysterious illness put him in the hospital with spasms so intense he screamed in pain and fear for thirty-six hours straight. That wasn’t the end of his suffering, either, but you will have to read his latest book to find out more. Dr. Tripp has been prolific of late, publishing three ne Dr. Paul Tripp, pastor, counselor, conference speaker and author of at least 21 books, kept up his hectic schedule because he was disciplined about diet, exercise and health. So it was a bolt from the blue when a mysterious illness put him in the hospital with spasms so intense he screamed in pain and fear for thirty-six hours straight. That wasn’t the end of his suffering, either, but you will have to read his latest book to find out more. Dr. Tripp has been prolific of late, publishing three new volumes in 2018 despite his major health issues, issues which inspired his latest book, Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. I’ve read virtually every book on suffering and theodicy in the popular, conservative, Christian market (and a few that aren’t), so I didn’t expect to be surprised by Tripp’s entry in the genre. But I was surprised by two things: the transparency of his story and the fact that he brought one excellent new idea to the theology of suffering. Paul Tripp often includes his family problems as illustrations in his work, so it wouldn’t be fair to say he has concealed his mistakes. But he has seemed to maintain a certain distance. I had the privilege of lunching with him at a small, post-conference gathering, and I have to say, he did not leave me with warm fuzzies there, either. (Now that I’ve read about his recent illness, I wonder what he might have been going through at the time.) His descriptions in Suffering are not vastly different from his self-disclosure in other works, but I was able to empathize with his struggles in a deeper way. Tripp speaks of his new-found dependence, saying, “Honestly, I didn’t suffer just physical pain, but also the even more profound pain of the death of my delusion of invincibility and the pride of productivity.” His descriptions of physical pain are heart-rending, too. Now he knows; now we are connected. I want to say, “Welcome to the fellowship of His sufferings,” (Phil. 3:10), because I think there is a promise in that verse. When you enter into suffering, you enter into a hidden room where Christ has lived and died; you enter into His fellowship in a new way, and the Gospel becomes so much dearer. That said, I’m not sure feeling closer to Paul Tripp is enough reason to spend $17 on another book about suffering. What I will really take away with me is the idea that our lives are shaped not just by what we suffer but by what we bring to our suffering (p. 27). If we bring doubt or fear or pride or resentment or self-hatred into our suffering, then we will suffer that way. Our suffering is like a canvas upon which each one of us paints his own picture. For some, the experience is colored with envy or depression, while for others, suffering is a place of focus and reflection. I would add that each bout and each type of suffering is going to be a little different, too. God is at work in different ways in all our lives at all times, and if we will seek Him within our suffering we will find out what has been hiding in our hearts all along. That is a good thing. The first two-thirds of the book exposes some of the common problems that we bring into our experience of suffering, while the last third enumerates some of the sources of comfort God offers for our suffering. These later chapters offer practical steps, applicable Scripture and the power of telling yourself the truths you have trouble believing. I found them a good reminder in a time of my own suffering. There are questions at the back of each chapter, so the book could easily be used for a group study. In all, I would say that the profundity of this book can be summed up in just one sentence: you never just suffer the thing that you’re suffering, but you always also suffer the way that you’re suffering that thing (p. 27). Other books which try to put all suffering into one basket miss the deep truth that everything God makes is unique – unique in its flaws and unique in its gifts – and those unique qualities (good and bad) are often revealed by suffering. Realizing that will help me as I reflect upon my own experiences of suffering. It might help you, too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnne Hommel

    If you’ve never read Paul David Tripp, let me assure you, he has a book for you. Wide ranging topics benefit from his wisdom, be it parenting, marriage, pastoral ministry, grief, devotional, or general spiritual growth. In his newest release the subject is one he is intimately acquainted with. Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense is a book that deals with a freshly personal topic for Tripp, with great insight for all of us. The opening chapter, “The Day My Life Changed” details a If you’ve never read Paul David Tripp, let me assure you, he has a book for you. Wide ranging topics benefit from his wisdom, be it parenting, marriage, pastoral ministry, grief, devotional, or general spiritual growth. In his newest release the subject is one he is intimately acquainted with. Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense is a book that deals with a freshly personal topic for Tripp, with great insight for all of us. The opening chapter, “The Day My Life Changed” details a sudden onset of a medical drama that has unexpectedly dominated his life for the last four years. Seemingly healthy except for a few troubling symptoms, a trip to the hospital for a check led to a ten day stay that culminates with a life changing diagnosis. On why he began the book with his story, he points out the Bible “never presents suffering as an idea or a concept but puts it before us in the blood-and-guts drama of real human experiences.” His experiences make up the first few chapters but are not the center of the book. As he shares his journey, he also shares what God was revealing in his own heart, things that didn’t change his theology but changed his understanding of his own faith. What could have been a dry, theological unpacking of a topic in scripture becomes a revealing look at the truth of suffering in our lives-it is, according to Tripp, spiritual warfare. Since the fall, there has always been a concentrated effort to get those who trust God to lose sight of our hope and to keep those who don’t trust God from ever finding hope in Him. This perspective of suffering as warfare, one he returns to throughout the book, was a new thought for me, and a powerful insight. It is where we find the weapons to wage battle against the traps suffering can and does bring to our lives. The battle is for our hearts, and our response, Tripp says is, “more determined by what is inside you (your heart) than the things you are facing.” How do we have a heart to triumph in the midst of suffering? By avoiding or escaping the traps to rob us of hope. The first part of the book deals with traps that can turn our hearts-The Awareness Trap, The Fear Trap, the Envy Trap, The Doubt Trap (brilliant, my favorite), The Denial Trap and Discouragement Trap. Each of these chapters examine the reality and the reason of the traps in a compassionate way, never making the reader who may have already succumbed to the trap feel condemned. The second part of the book deals with the comfort we have in God-His Grace, Presence, Sovereignty, Purpose, People and a Heart at Rest. Throughout each chapter, Tripp poses gentle questions to help us evaluate where we might be in relation to either a trap or lacking the comfort of God. Every chapter ends with a section of questions to help you review and reflect, and a Heart Reset of several verses to hide in your heart. Writing with clarity, Paul Tripp reveals why life, especially suffering, often doesn’t make sense to us. His acknowledgement of the doubt and confusion, discouragement and despair we experience in suffering is never just a head nod, and the way to experience God’s comfort is never a platitude but good, biblical instruction. This book is well worth the read for both one who is suffering, and one who wants to come alongside those who suffer, be it family member, friend or ministry calling. Understanding suffering, especially our own may never come the way we desire in this lifetime, but it is possible to grow in our understanding of God and His purposes through our suffering when we look to the gospel to help us. Thank you to Crossway Books for providing threeladiesoflit.com with a complimentary copy for review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Poling

    This is a great book. Suffering is something we all face. The author is in the throes of his own suffering beyond his wildest expectations. He shares his story as well as the stories of others whom he has counseled. But most importantly he shares a theology of suffering in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Life with a helper, an advocate who is ever present and in control. It’s written in a way that the average person can grasp the suggestions, thoughts, concepts, and applications. I love the This is a great book. Suffering is something we all face. The author is in the throes of his own suffering beyond his wildest expectations. He shares his story as well as the stories of others whom he has counseled. But most importantly he shares a theology of suffering in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Life with a helper, an advocate who is ever present and in control. It’s written in a way that the average person can grasp the suggestions, thoughts, concepts, and applications. I love the italics questions throughout steps to ponder and heart scripture to consider with the themes of each chapter, as well as the reflection questions for individual or group review. As one in the midst of unique suffering, being pointed back to dependence on a great and worthy God, and having all my wrong thinking and self indulgence systematically approached, it’s a hard, humbling, way to relatable read, but one that will resonate and be revisited over and over. Some quotes: Because I did not have the power or control to make Mr. Hardship leave, I ran to the place where I have always found wisdom, hope, and rest of heart. I ran to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, into the arms of my Savior. As I dove into the narrative of the gospel,which is the core message of God’s Word, I realized something profoundly important and wonderfully comforting: I wasn’t unprepared after all. But I believe that God is good, and I did everything I could to run toward his goodness and not away from it. Suffering has the power to expose what you have been trusting all along. If you lose your hope when your physical body fails, maybe your hope wasn’t really in your Savior after all. It was humbling to confess that what I thought was faith was actually self-reliance. Suffering is never abstract, theoretical, or impersonal. Suffering is real, tangible, personal, and specific. The Bible never presents suffering as an idea or a concept but puts it before us in the blood-and-guts drama of real human experiences. When it comes to suffering, Scripture is never avoidant or cosmetic in its approach. The Bible never minimizes the harsh experiences of life in this terribly broken world, and in so doing, the Bible forces us out of our denial and toward humble honesty. In fact, the Bible is so honest about suffering that it recounts stories that are so weird and dark that if they were a Netflix video you probably wouldn’t watch it. an example from the end of a chapter- one of the 4-5 questions and a heart reset: When you pray that your hope would be “rooted in the fact that your Lord is in you, he is with you, and he is for you right here, right now” (p. X), how can you look differently at suffering? Heart Reset • Psalm 13:1–6; 27:1–14 • Isaiah 43:1 2 Thankful to read a netgalley copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Raw and real, with hope. The author takes us through his own personal journey of suffering to show how God uses this in our lives. Suffering has a purpose. He also shows us Who God is and how the different attributes of God can comfort us during our journey of suffering. Suffering often exposes our hearts and God uses this to grow us in Christ-likeness. As usual, Paul Tripp knocks this out of the park. His writing cuts to the heart of the matter. Convicting book yet also comforting in providing h Raw and real, with hope. The author takes us through his own personal journey of suffering to show how God uses this in our lives. Suffering has a purpose. He also shows us Who God is and how the different attributes of God can comfort us during our journey of suffering. Suffering often exposes our hearts and God uses this to grow us in Christ-likeness. As usual, Paul Tripp knocks this out of the park. His writing cuts to the heart of the matter. Convicting book yet also comforting in providing hope for those who are enduring suffering. "...you can be stripped of everything in life on which you've depended and not have lost everything, because it is impossible for any of God's children, no matter what is going on, to lose him." "God is never caught up short. He never has a second of confusion... He is never confused as to what to do. He has no quandaries, and he never lives with unsolved mysteries. He rules all things, he knows all things, and there is nothing that he doesn't understand." "Suffering has the power to lay waste to our idols. Suffering has a way of exposing what's really dear to us, what we feel we can't live without, and what truly rules our hearts. It's not just that what we're going through is painful, but also that we've lost what was giving us value and worth. Suffering exposes the inadequacy of hooking our hope to the temporary treasures of the created world and positions our heart to hook our hope to the Creator in ways we've never done before." *I received a copy of this e-book free from the publisher Crossway in exchange for my review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson

    Paul David Tripp is a talented author. His books are notable for the way he can communicate deep Biblical truth in an understandable and readable manner. Reading one of his books is almost as if you were sitting and having a one-on-one conversation with him. This book, however, takes his communication skills to a different level. This is an honest, personal and open discussion about suffering. Mr. Tripp shares his own on-going struggle with daily physical pain and the process he has gone through Paul David Tripp is a talented author. His books are notable for the way he can communicate deep Biblical truth in an understandable and readable manner. Reading one of his books is almost as if you were sitting and having a one-on-one conversation with him. This book, however, takes his communication skills to a different level. This is an honest, personal and open discussion about suffering. Mr. Tripp shares his own on-going struggle with daily physical pain and the process he has gone through in handing his attitude and reactions to his pain. This is the most helpful book I’ve ever read on this subject. He is specific in identifying the thoughts and spiritual struggles that he’s experienced during the last few years. He shares his spiritual journey and the necessity of turning to God during moments of suffering. He writes about how the sufferer’s life is completely changed and how this is not always fully recognized by others. I learned so much from this book. It’s already helped me as I relate to close friends and family members who deal with pain on a daily basis. It’s helping me build a foundation in my own life for those times when suffering will come my way. This is a book to share and return to again. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Suffering" talked about the traps we can fall into (and why they're not helpful) and the hope that we have in God. The author talked about how anyone who suffers may ask "why?", doubt, be afraid, envy others who are doing well, be discouraged, and/or deny the seriousness of what they're facing. However, he shared stories of real people who took these to a degree that left them hopeless. They had a distorted view of God because they let circumstances define their view of God rather than looking "Suffering" talked about the traps we can fall into (and why they're not helpful) and the hope that we have in God. The author talked about how anyone who suffers may ask "why?", doubt, be afraid, envy others who are doing well, be discouraged, and/or deny the seriousness of what they're facing. However, he shared stories of real people who took these to a degree that left them hopeless. They had a distorted view of God because they let circumstances define their view of God rather than looking to what the Bible says about God. The author also told his own story and how he was challenged in some of these ways. He then talked about the hope we have if we look to what Scripture says about God and suffering. He quoted Scripture and explained why this is a comfort. Things like how we have hope because God is with us and will not forsake us. God is good and in control, but he cares more about our character than our comfort. Since the author has gone through and is continuing to suffer, you know he's thought through these things and isn't just giving the "standard answer." I felt that he had good theology and managed to convey it in a easy-to-understand and sympathetic manner. Overall, I'd recommend this insightful book. I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    In a season of suffering currently and this book has been extremely helpful. He writes that suffering is a spiritual battle as much as a physical battle. Pain and suffering cause you to question the goodness of God. Because nothing that feels this bad and this hard and this burdensome can be good, right? Paul Tripp says: “What God knows is good for us doesn’t always look good to us. He takes us places we would never choose to go.” The book is filled with many helps for enduring suffering from enco In a season of suffering currently and this book has been extremely helpful. He writes that suffering is a spiritual battle as much as a physical battle. Pain and suffering cause you to question the goodness of God. Because nothing that feels this bad and this hard and this burdensome can be good, right? Paul Tripp says: “What God knows is good for us doesn’t always look good to us. He takes us places we would never choose to go.” The book is filled with many helps for enduring suffering from encouraging us to fill our minds with the truth of scripture to continuing in gospel work as physical limitations allow to seeking professional counsel as needed. I needed to hear this from the book: “Your suffering is not a sign that you’ve been forsaken; rather, it’s a sign that you live in a world that doesn’t function the way God intended and is in need of complete renewal.” I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    This is an excellent book! Part theology, part co-misery, part confession, part encouragement, part correction, all Jesus. What a great combination of encouragement that comes not to the defense of God, for He needs none, but at the same time provides more than just empty platitudes that ignore the true pain of suffering. Using his own story of struggle with suffering, Paul David Tripp, uses his extensive counseling ministry as an additional backdrop to help us understand suffering. In a time wh This is an excellent book! Part theology, part co-misery, part confession, part encouragement, part correction, all Jesus. What a great combination of encouragement that comes not to the defense of God, for He needs none, but at the same time provides more than just empty platitudes that ignore the true pain of suffering. Using his own story of struggle with suffering, Paul David Tripp, uses his extensive counseling ministry as an additional backdrop to help us understand suffering. In a time when the television preachers attempt to deny that we will suffer, Tripp faces the truth head on. With questions at the end of every chapter, this book would make an excellent resource for a small group, Christian book club, or any other number of settings.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allison Pickett

    Having read another book by Paul David Tripp in the past, I was excited to read his take on suffering and how the Bible explains our pain. He tells his own story about his physical suffering and gives snippets of other people’s stories as well. Although it contained some good and helpful information, it read a bit like a textbook. Under the right circumstance, I could see myself referring someone to this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin M. Dineen

    Great tool for sufferers Paul Tripp connects the challenging topic of suffering with the only true hope there is for sufferers - the gospel of Jesus. He speaks not from academia but from experience. What an encouragement this book is for all of us who suffer. Powerful and simple, this book takes the reader to the heart of Jesus and shows us how to suffer with hope and courage. I am so thankful for this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wolfe

    Absolutely phenomenal. Eminently practical yet full of grace, grace, grace and biblical truth. Recommended to every Christian who is suffering or has suffered. (So basically every Christian.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ronja

    Sometimes, you get the right book at the right time. Suffering by Paul David Tripp? Has been the right book for me to read in this season. Reading books on suffering are good -- but always hard in a way. They are comforting because they remind us of the hope we have. But with all the books written on suffering? I sometimes find that there isn't much for my heart in there. Or that there isn't much new that I am getting out of the book. In Suffering, Paul David Tripp does a beautiful job on writing Sometimes, you get the right book at the right time. Suffering by Paul David Tripp? Has been the right book for me to read in this season. Reading books on suffering are good -- but always hard in a way. They are comforting because they remind us of the hope we have. But with all the books written on suffering? I sometimes find that there isn't much for my heart in there. Or that there isn't much new that I am getting out of the book. In Suffering, Paul David Tripp does a beautiful job on writing about suffering. Going through a time of suffering himself, Tripp's writings are based on experience but also good theology. It is easy for the reader to relate to the words on these pages. Most of all, there is so much wisdom on these pages about suffering. About what suffering does to us -- and what we need to realize about suffering. All this while still being reminded that God is always in control. That God has purpose in our suffering. If you are going through a time of suffering right now, please read this book. If someone you know is going through a time of suffering, please read this book and get a copy for them too. And if neither of those apply to you right now, I still recommend reading this book. It is definitely worth the read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nate Decker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Cerrone

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Schwisow

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nikolas Georgiades

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Souza

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Scorzo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth Dickey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fae Faber

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