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The Promise: God's Purpose and Plan for When Life Hurts [Hardcover]

By Jonathan Morris (Author)
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A media analyst and Catholic priest describes his international travels in search of understanding God's role in human suffering, a spiritual journey during which he struggled to understand why a benevolent God allows harrowing pain and composed six principles for staying true to one's faith.

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In his work as a priest and commentator for FOX News, Father Jonathan Morris has traveled to the troubled spots of the world, meeting with Muslim youth during the rioting in Paris, sitting down with populists at odds with the Church in Venezuela, and investigating human trafficking in Germany. Now Father Jonathan peels back the layers of questions that arise when someone asks, "Why me?" in response to human suffering. With an accessible voice and calming pastoral guidance, Father Jonathan leads readers through each step of suffering—from doubt and anger to healing and acceptance.

The Promise comprises three parts, each addressing a step in the process of healing. Part 1, "God on Trial," speaks to doubts and anger that arise when we suffer and poses tough questions such as "Does God even care?" and "Why should we trust a God who allows innocent suffering?" Part 2 takes the reader on a journey of finding emotional and spiritual healing from suffering. In part 3 Father Jonathan introduces the five "Principles for Freedom-Living." From living your personal vocation to a step-by-step guide for sketching a plan for your spiritual life, the freedom principles are practical and easily applied to everyday life. Together these five principles have the power to transform what would otherwise be useless suffering into a means of great sanctification and personal fulfillment. While pulling back the layers of philosophy and theology that surround human suffering, Father Jonathan offers not only a deeply spiritual answer but also a practical one to this most fundamental of human questions: Why do we suffer?

The Promise not only addresses how to understand and live with suffering, but also poses the toughest question regarding our relationship to God: Why do we suffer under a benevolent God? Father Jonathan delves into how we can heal from the spiritual, emotional, and even physical scars left behind by suffering. The Promise offers five principles for living a free life, or a life free of the fear that God is not there for us, and offers comfort and hope to those experiencing hard times.

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Morris, a Roman Catholic priest and Fox News analyst, draws from his religious tradition as well as his experiences in the world of media to present understandable and genuine advice for those who sufferin other words, everyone. The promise of the title is God's promise to bring something better out of suffering. For some, this may oversimplify the matter, but for others it will provide a glimmer of hope. One of the most useful chapters addresses the various images of God that people holdall of which are incomplete, and some of which can be seen as spiritually harmful. The author describes these images accurately, ties them in with how people who maintain those images view suffering and uses real-life examples he has encountered in his ministry. The theodicy question (why does a loving God allow suffering?) will always present a quandary to believers of all stripes. Morris is successful in making the claim that it is possible to sustain one's faith in the midst of what is sometimes a cruel world. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 8, 2008
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0061353418  
ISBN13  9780061353413  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! FATHER JONATHAN MORRIS is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel. Prior to Fox, he served as an adviser to the producers of the film "The Passion of the Christ" and advised in promotion and pre-release marketing for the film. Father Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in business administration as well as separate degrees in classical humanities, philosophy and theology from the Franciscan University and the University of San Jose. He has also received a licentiate degree in moral theology at Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Univesity in Rome, where he is currently a doctoral candidate.

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A wonderf book for any hurting soul  May 29, 2008
Father Jonathan has a simple process for advancing from the hurts of life to a full Life in Christ. The many examples he uses from his own email are touching, and some of them will hit home for virtually everybody. You have a friend who needs this book.
A wonderful perspective on life  May 25, 2008
Fr Jonathan Morris has written a wonderful book on what God really wants for us. I have seen Fr Morris on Fox News & I respect his knowledge of the Catholic faith. I highly recommend this to both Catholics & non Catholics.
A Promised Reward   May 19, 2008
As a fan of Father Jonathan from watching Fox TV. I had always found his answers, to be definitive and enlightening.
This book tells us about the earthly pains suffered by many. And answers that can help lead us, to a sense of peace, at our most painful times.
The book helps us see how, we can turn our suffering into the Grace of God. NOT FOR CATHOLICS ONLY..anyone who loves God, and needs answers
this book is for you as well.
A True Promise!  May 11, 2008
Wonderful! Inspiring! Father Jonathan beautifully reteaches the core of our Catholic faith and candidly describes his own experiences and those of others. He offers a divine and practical understanding of even the most unimaginable suffering...thank you!
Inspiring and informative  May 9, 2008
This book is very well written, inspiring, informative and very helpful. I highly recommend it to everyone. It was very helpful to me.

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