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Created for Joy: A Christian View of Suffering [Paperback]

By Sidney Callahan (Author)
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Presents a Christian perspective on faith in the face of suffering, drawing on insights from such disciplines as psychology and evolutionary biology to demonstrate how Christians view suffering differently from others.

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In the face of suffering, is it possible to believe in God? In this heartfelt and thoughtful new book, revered Catholic columnist Sidney Callahan answers yes, offering a reflection on suffering from a Christian perspective. Taking on C.S. Lewis and other traditional writers, she introduces the reader to new insights from fields such as the psychology of human emotion and evolutionary biology. Drawing from her own harrowing experience of a mother's loss, she shows that Christians view suffering in a different way, with the expectation--in the face of all evidence to the contrary--that we are created to experience joy. Topics include Sept. 11, traditional justifications, a new story of God and creation, Jesus--man of sorrows, suffering and joy in Christian practice, the emotions, prayer, and transformation.

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Created for Joy: A Christian View of Suffering by Sidney Callahan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Commonweal - 02/29/2008 page 28

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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.19" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   The Crossroad Publishing Company
ISBN  0824525663  
ISBN13  9780824525668  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! SIDNEY CALLAHAN, Ph.D., author, scholar and licensed psychologist, earned her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. in psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the City University of New York. She has written books, articles and columns devoted to religious, psychological and ethical questions. She has been a tenured professor of psychology and held visiting chairs of moral theology and psychology at Georgetown University and St. John s University in New York. She is a Distinguished Scholar at The Hastings Center. She and Daniel Callahan have been married since 1954 and have six children and four grandchildren."

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hope out of despair, joy from sorrow  Nov 13, 2008
One of the most perplexing issues in all monotheistic faith traditions is why a supposed loving God doesn't prevent or stop incredible human suffering. If you are looking for a pat answer here, you won't find it. Dr. Callahan offers us a different view on the problem of evil and suffering by instead arguing for a loving God who has created us for joy. Unlike a lot of popular psychology books that offer fluff instead of substance, this author argues intelligently and beautifully about the God of love and the God of comfort. It is not an easy read if you are looking for a how-to best seller. This book demands careful attention to the psychological and theological nuances that Dr. Callahan so carefully presents. Be prepared to return to biblical stories of suffering and academic studies around the human experience of evil, loss, and suffering. But it is worth it as she ultimately offers us to consider that God loves us so much that God created us for Joy. I first read Dr. Callahan's "On Conscience, that I loved and wasn't disappointed in her latest. I highly recommend this thoughtful, lovely, and hopeful book written by one who has suffered and made peace with loss and shows us how to embrace the joy that we created for.

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