Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

​Joni Eareckson Tada | October 2, 2013

Timothy Keller. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. New York: Dutton, 2013. 288 pp. $26.95.

Forgive me, but I’m always a bit skeptical about the latest book on suffering and God. I’m not a cynic or a disparager; it’s just the subject has so consumed me for the last 46 years of quadriplegia, that everything I read makes me wonder, Is there anything new or explained differently about affliction and the Almighty that can help—I mean really help—me through my suffering?

Yes, I’m a seasoned Christian who has memorized practically every Bible verse on how to overcome pain and trust God. But still my faith wobbles when I’m laid claustrophobically flat, paralyzed in bed with a lung infection. Or when I watch a young mother weep at the hospital bedside her dying child. Or when a 30-year-old disabled Marine gets warehoused in a nursing home because his wife can’t stand the heat. And my faith really shudders when in some corner of the world, a lock on a chicken shed opens and there lies a child with cerebral palsy, thirsty and hungry.

Where are the answers to such horrendous and seemingly senseless suffering? Through the decades, I have learned…

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