Item description for The Journey from Pain to Purpose by Charlyn Singleton...
Overview Destiny implies a future destination, but purpose is a process that takes place as we journey through life. On your journey you will always encounter pain, disappointment, and delays. But The Journey From Pain To Purpose is designed to help you sidestep the obstacles and stay in the fight! That's what Joseph in the Bible did! Sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused and thrown into prison in Egypt, forgotten and alone, he never doubted his purpose. He accepted that this tribulations were making him the man he needed to be - the person God could use. The book you are holding in your hands can help you get past the dark places in your journey. By identifying the purposeful steps in Joseph's life, you will gain a new perspective on your own challenges and how God can take them and use them to make you all He created you to be. Don't give up on the purpose God has for your life. Embrace it!
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Studio: Legacy Publishers International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2005
Publisher Legacy Publishing Internat
ISBN 188080946X ISBN13 9781880809464
Reviews - What do customers think about The Journey from Pain to Purpose?
Scripture Filled and Uplifting! You'll Have a Much Better Journey After Reading..... May 8, 2006
Charlyn Singleton has been called the Little Woman with the Big Word for her extraordinary ability to make the Scriptures come to life. In her inspirational book entitled, The Journey From Pain to Purpose, Singleton uses the story of Joseph (Genesis 37). Joseph, who was a very young man, was mistreated, rejected, falsely accused and abused. He was even imprisoned n false charges and had to stay in prison without recourse for years. There was no one on whom he could call for help. Yet through it all, Joseph learned to hold onto God even when he couldn't see Him and even when circumstances made it look as if God had abandoned him. The end result was that God exalted Joseph into his destiny, his true purpose in life.
Singleton use of Joseph's story reminds us that life is a mixture of joys and sufferings, but we can rejoice in them both for they are both for our good. Joseph's story also reminds us that things seem to come to us in seasons. We may experience a season of joy followed by a season of sorrow and suffering. Or vice versa. God is in control and He chooses our seasons for His own purpose and for our own good.
Singleton's scripture filled and uplifting book reminds us all that God wants to take us to a place of glory, however we must go through a place of pain. This book is a must read for anyone who is depressed, alone or doubts God's presence in their life. Read this book and see how much more God is willing to do with and for you!
Highly recommended! Makes a great gift.
Reviewed by Tonya S. Hall for GoodGirlBookClubOnline & The Good Girl Book Club Worldwide
Amazing book Mar 7, 2006
I was immediately struck when I saw the author on the Daystar Joni show that she had a special presence and anointing from God. For anyone who has suffered or is suffering, the book is priceless in its insights. It is hard to comprehend fully, because the author is so lovely in form and features, that she has ever suffered, but when she speaks of her pain, though she does not say what it is, her understanding is so deep, it resonates as rich and true.
The revelations in the book were for me, in 4 categories. There are 1) fresh ones from the story of Joseph itself, 2) the kind that I knew to be true and it was a blessing to have them confirmed, 3) the kind that I have experienced as true but about which I had not received full revelation or fully identified, 4) the kind that I had never thought about before, but when I read them, I was struck immediately of their truth.
An example of the first is when she tells of Joseph's response when he first re-encounters his brothers. To my recollection, every time I have heard someone speak about Joseph, they credited him with only good motives for the trouble he gave his brothers. I accepted this but it never made full sense to me. The author I believe prophetically and accurately indicates that Joseph was struggling with unforgiveness. Evidence of this is that he kept Simeon in prison, not Reuben, who he had just heard say that he had told his brothers not to harm the boy! This is so completely true and the story now makes sense, and Joseph is a bit more the human being that he was, struggling to fear and obey God, not an ethereal saint.
An example of the second is when she speaks of the particular kind of sorrow that persistent pain and disappointment bring. Whereas in the beginning of a trial, there are many tears, one might even cry oneself to sleep, after many years of hoping and not seeing restoration, there are no more tears, they dry up. As Jeremiah said in Lamentations, "I have forgotten what prosperity is." That happens and I have experienced it and had already identified it as something that had happened to me. It was a blessing to read I was not alone and also to remember to praise God anyhow, to be encouraged to remain steadfast, to continue believing, to "keep hope alive." An example of the third is when the author writes about becoming a prisoner of hope. After a long time of suffering and perseverance, seeing things get worse not better, the suffering person gives up, decides both dream and dreamer are crazy, the things dreamed and being believed for are just nuts, that God has forgotten or does not truly care. Then (as in my case) the person reads the Word, gets up strangely believing that the dream may be crazy, but that God is actually going to fulfill the wild promises of restoration that He has spoken and that only He can do. At that point the sufferer is no longer the driver of the hope, but is now a prisoner of that hope. Awesome! This is exactly my experience, yet, even though God has vividly spoken to me Zechariah 9:12, I never fully understood the "prisoner" of hope aspect. This is a wonderful insight! Finally, an example of the fourth, the author mentions that parents have to be careful what they say about other people, their children will reflect attitudes toward those people without knowing why. As soon as I read it, I knew it is very true, even though it had never occurred to me so clearly before.
A small, not positive observation: even though the book is extremely well-written and flows nicely, I spotted some spelling or grammatical errors that should have been cleaned up.
No review can adequately capture this book. Each page is filled with revelation, insight, and wisdom. During my annual mid-summer trek from the heat of Phoenix to wonderful cool Southern California, I hope to visit the author's husband's church (though I am a white guy, and the church I am guessing is African-American). It must be quite a place.
www.valderbeebeshow.com Mar 5, 2006
A light in the troubled waters of life. Singleton offers a new perspective on the grace, guidance and mercy of God in your life.
Not Just Another "Joseph Story" - This was like a movie! Oct 25, 2005
Charlyn Michelle Singleton has been called the Little Woman with the big Word for her extraordinary ability to make the Scriptures come to life. This book can inspire readers to get past the dark places in their journey. By identifying the purposeful steps in Joseph's life, readers will gain a new perspective on challenges and how God can take and use events to make them all He created. Readers will have a new attitude: "Don't give up on the purpose God has for your life. Embrace it!" Excellent! If this were a movie, it would get an Oscar!
If you've ever been in pain, depressed, ill, tired, sick and tired of being tired and angry - no- mad, you need to read this book. Many people, young and old, male and female, saved and unsaved have either read or heard the story of Joseph. But, never have I actually been able to "see" the story in my mind as I did when I read this awesome book by Mrs. Singleton. I was able to put myself in Joseph's place on his journey of faith. I was able to relate but the words of encouragement and the wisdom put forth have affected me as nothing else has. I cried and rejoiced as I read the story I know so well. All will be truly blessed by this book.