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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Review of Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain by Paul Meier, MD

How many times have we asked questions like, “Why did God allow that innocent child to be abused?” “How can I deal with this failure?” or “How can I live without my spouse?”

Meier deals with these questions and more in his latest book, Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain. As Meier says, everyone deals with struggles of some kind, whether it’s injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure or death. Meier uses this book to explain not only how to get through these struggles, but how to grow through them.

As someone who has experienced pain and who came out of a church where “struggles happen only to those whose faith is weak or who are out of God’s will,” I was interested in reading how Meier would explain these struggles and what his suggestions would be to overcome them.

I was not disappointed. Using interesting stories, he quickly identified with pain and demonstrated how it feels to experience pain. He then explained how pain could affect us emotionally, physically and mentally; and what happens if we are unable to move through it. Finally, he provides sound advice and solid Biblical teaching to help us not only overcome the pain, but also to use our pain for the good of others.

In short, Meier’s book gave me hope; and as Romans 5:5 says, hope does not disappoint. I recommend this book for anyone going through the struggles of life.