Suffering. Most of us shy away from the word, let alone the reality. Our modern world is obsessed with avoiding suffering. The evidence is everywhere…from the commercials for prescription medications, to pain relief gadgets and gizmos, to the prescription drug addiction epidemic…the message is ubiquitous and unanimous: we deserve a life free from suffering! Enter real life. Suffering, whether physical or emotional, is part of this human experience. We all will suffer at some point in this life.
I know a bit about suffering. I’ve struggled with the emotional pain of depression most of my life. I know the pain of divorce. I’m the mother of children with disabilities. At the height of my (beloved) career, I was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease. Now I’m confined to a wheelchair.
I was given the chance to get a complementary copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible from Tyndale in exchange for a review and, I can honestly say, I wasn’t optimistic about this Bible being able to speak to my situation. Even though I know the Bible addresses suffering, I had no idea HOW MUCH it had to say. I really LOVE this Bible. It is filled with insights into Biblical topics that relate to disabilities and suffering.
From the user’s guide in the Beyond Suffering Bible:
“The Beyond Suffering Bible is for people who want to understand what it looks like to think and live like a Christian in the midst of suffering.
This Bible is for caregivers, family members, ministers, and others who work with and serve alongside suffering and disabled people. These people will find insight, encouragement, and practical help for understanding what the Bible is saying to them about how to love, serve, and uplift the people God has placed in their lives.
This Bibles is for the person with a disability or any suffering person. These people will find opportunities to engage with God, meeting him in the midst of their suffering, learning how to go about living beyond their suffering, and being transformed into a person who can be a bright light for Jesus just as they are.
Really, this Bible is even for ordinary Christians who care about the suffering of others and have questions related tot he theology of suffering but don’t know where to turn for answers
Everyone can benefit from understanding what the Bible has to say about disability, understanding the theology of suffering, and getting a biblical perspective on issues of bioethics and the church’s role in alleviating suffering.”