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A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God's Mercy and Our Pain [Paperback]

By Elisabeth Elliot (Author)
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In this powerfully moving book, Elisabeth Elliot does not hesitate to ask hard questions, to examine tenderly the hurts we suffer, and to explore boldly the nature of a God whose sovereign, intimate and perfect care for us confounds our finite understanding. It's a book for anyone searching for faith, comfort and assurance. It is an honest book about the way our merciful God draws us close to Himself and expands our capacity for surrender and obedience in order that we might finally and fully share in His Resurrection glory.

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Must we stumble through sorrow and tragedy witout understanding or is there a lighted way-a path-through suffering? Elisabeth Elliot plots the treacherous passage through pain, grief and loss a journey most of us will make many times in our life. Through it all, she says there is only one reliable path, and if you walk it, you will see the transformation of all your losses, heartbreaks and tragedies into something strong and purposeful. In this powerful moving book, Elisabeth Elliot does not hesitate to ask hard questions to examine tenderly the hurts we suffer and to explore boldy the nature of God whose sovereign care for us is so intimate and perfect that he confounds our finite understanding. "A Path through Suffering" is a book for anyone searching for faith, comfort and assurance.

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Studio: Regal Books
Pages   201
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2011
ISBN  0830734694  
ISBN13  9780830734696  

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More About Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot ELISABETH ELLIOT, well-known author and speaker, is the author of The Music of His Promises, Keep a Quiet Heart and dozens of other books. She and her husband, Lars Gren, live in Massachusetts.

In The Author's Own Words...

My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials.

Our family continued to live in Philadelphia and then in New Jersey until I left home to attend Wheaton College. By that time, the family had increased to four brothers and one sister. My studies in classical Greek would one day enable me to work in the area of unwritten languages to develop a form of writing.

A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category -- a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.

Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year. They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. I remained there for two years.

After having worked for two years with the Aucas, I returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when Valerie and I returned to the U.S.

Since then, my life has been one of writing and speaking. It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He died in 1973. After his death I had two lodgers in my home. One of them married my daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married me. Since then we have worked together.

Elisabeth Elliot currently resides in Magnolia, in the state of Massachusetts.

Elisabeth Elliot has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hendrickson Classic Biographies
  2. Lives of Faith
  3. Navpress Devotional Readers
  4. Proclaiming the Gospel

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Reviews - What do customers think about A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God's Mercy and Our Pain?

Beyond Excellent  Mar 19, 2005
Don't let the outdated cover design fool you: this book is full of the most fresh and revolutionary ideas I have read since the Bible. Eliot takes the reader past a man-centered focus on "how to deal" with suffering, to the most delightful focus on an all-powerful God who brings pain and suffering into our lives intentionally. Eliot's eloquently honest book altered my philosophy about life, death and "tragedy". ABSOLUTLY a must-read!
Reconciling Faith and Suffering  Dec 5, 2004
I was born with health issues and have suffered for many years of my life as a result. I am now an adult and have rarely enjoyed life without significant pain of some kind. I have been prayed for, prayed over, told I lacked faith, preached to, felt sorry for, etc. But this book puts meaning and purpose not only in suffering, but in faith through suffering. With the additional quotes from the inspired poetry of a woman who suffered before us, this author puts meaning behind the idea that God is sovereign even in our suffering, and she does not settle for trite answers. She offers a reason to hope and believe even in suffering and a rationale for why God still loves us even if He must lead us down a path through suffering. Many authors have tried to reconcile suffering and the idea of a loving God, but this author simply offers an experience with a loving God while suffering. I have given this book to many friends who have had to face trials or suffering and would heartily recommend it to anyone willing to accept that God may have a purpose in their suffering.
Suffering and the Theology of the Cross  Jan 17, 2003
Elisabeth Elliot brings to her writings a clear but thorough literary style, personal testimonies and anecdotes from her own life and the lives of others, both living and dead, and a theology and philosophy of life grounded in the teachings of the Bible.
In this book she introduces each chapter with illustrations about the cycles of plant life--based upon the books and illustrations of Lilias Trotter, a 19th Century British female missionary and artist who was a missionary in Algiers in North Africa. Personally, I thought the illustrations became a bit tedious and repetitious.
The theme of the book is Christ centered and Cross centered. Elliot makes the point--I believe correctly--that suffering finds its greatest meaning and depth in the suffering that Christ endured for us and that humanity, especially His followers, must to some point reduplicate in their own lives. Human suffering becomes in a sense redemptive, meaningful and even a source of contentment when in faith it is surrendered back to God just as Christ surrendered His own life and mission to the will of God the Father.
A must read for anyone who suffers!  Aug 29, 2001
This book is a "must read" for anyone who has ever suffered or is suffering, for any reason. This book helped me so much to realize that "suffering" is not for nothing, as Elisabeth well puts it. There is a reason why God allows us to suffer. He wants us to be drawn to Him and Him alone. You will never be the same after reading this book. Read it with a heart open to hear what God wants to say to you about suffering. It is not something pleasant to do, but you will be a better person having gone through it. May God bless you, dear one, as you suffer with Him.
Substantial comfort/helpful wisdom  Apr 4, 2001
Elisabeth Elliot writes from the heart and soul. She makes many of life's tragedies meaningful and shows us a path to transform ourselves by transforming these events and trusting in a unversal, spiritual perspective...

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