Sometimes life just hurts. How will you respond when you face these unexpected and unwanted trials? And what will you say to comfort others in their darkest hour of pain?
Through my own recent sickness, I came to realize that suffering is an opportunity for spiritual growth that can define us as Christians. We either fall into traps and complicate our suffering, or we choose instead to seek after the comforts that God has made available. In my new book, Suffering, I share the lessons I learned and the wisdom God revealed to me through His Word. I pray this honest yet hopeful book will help you move forward in trying times!
On October 19, 2014, my life changed. I was a few days away from kidney failure and I didn't know it. In the midst of physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, I cried out to God. Why me? Why now? But today I am no longer angry or discouraged with my pain and weakness - and I want to share with you the reasons why in my new book on suffering.
In these pages, I weave together my personal story of sickness, my years of counseling hurting people, and what the Bible has to say about suffering.
I warn against 6 traps to avoid, including:
I reveal 6 comforts to embrace, including:
"I know something about suffering - and to be honest, there’s hardly a book on the subject I haven’t read. But when Paul David Tripp offers his insights on our afflictions, that gets my attention. And this book does not disappoint."
- Joni Eareckson Tada Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"This book is a balm to the soul that you will pick up and not be able to put down … a beloved friend to return to for years to come."
- Ann Voskamp New York Times best-selling author, The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
"I have read countless books on suffering, but few have inspired me to reevaluate my own adversity the way Suffering has. Paul Tripp's willingness to unpack his own pain, candidly sharing the insights he has gleaned, is an unspeakable gift. His personal story is both riveting and reassuring as it points us to the unshakable hope we have in Christ, even in unimaginable circumstances. This book is a masterpiece. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
- Vaneetha Rendall Risner Author, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering
"Honest. Compelling. Grace filled. This book is a gift. Paul Tripp speaks to us not as a theoretician but as a fellow sufferer. His counsel is illuminated by personal experiences, informed by biblical truth, and infused with gospel hope. Most importantly, he points us to the Savior who has suffered in our place so that we might be ever confident of his love, his wisdom, and his good purposes for our lives."
- Bob Kauflin Director, Sovereign Grace Music
"Writing after the shock of unexpectedly losing his own health and dealing with ongoing suffering, Paul Tripp offers very practical advice. In particular, his reflections on common ‘traps’ often faced by people who suffer will prove helpful to many who find themselves being tossed about by the storms of life."
- Kelly M. Kapic Author, Embodied Hope Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
"Paul Tripp writes this book with an honesty and humility that invites us into God's intimate work on his heart through the dark nights. What he found—and what you'll find if you read this book—is that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings us hope even in the most confusing and painful moments of life. Whether or not you're suffering today, read this book and prepare yourself for the days ahead."
- Dave Furman Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church of Dubai Author, Kiss the Wave and Being There
Growing spiritually in the midst of suffering is a step-by-step process. Take the first step today by downloading a free chapter and get started on your journey towards hope!
Dr. Paul David Tripp is a pastor and an award-winning and best-selling author. With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul’s driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Paul and his wife Luella live in Philadelphia; they have four grown children.