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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801083559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801083556
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Why?

That is the question that plagues us all when affliction comes--as it must to each of us in each of our lives. In Affliction, Edith Scaeffer comes directly to grips with this eternal question.

Sometimes we can know the answer; more often we cannot. What we can know is that God is with us, sustaining and strengthening us to bear what must be borne. It is not that affliction comes from God. Rather, he uses it to help us grow in faith, to make us sensitive to the pain of others, and to teach us to trust in him alone. We learn how to be patient and comfort others as God comforts us.

This book will open your heart to the ways of God with his people. Edith Scaeffer brings light from biblical truth and shares her own experiences as well as those of others. She does not offer easy answers, but shows you a way to find answers for yourself.

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A very helpful and inspiring book.
Eric E. Wright
In this excellent book Edith Schaeffer shares many personal experiences which help a person to understand the meaning and purpose of suffering.
joel blaylock
This book is excellent and one that I heartily recommend.
V. Patterson

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Wright on February 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I would like to encourage all Christians and non-Christians alike who have an opportunity to read this book to do so, and then use the lessons/encouragements/exhortations of Edith Schaeffer to be salt and light in the world we live in. If I could recommend only 1 book to someone to read to prepare them for the life we face on this earth(other than the Bible, of course)and to help equip others to deal with the problems/adversities we will face,and a sound, bible-based christianity, this would be the book. I found it readable 1 chapter at a time, it is not necessary to sit down and read the entire book at once, at so many places I found myself thinking of someone who needed to hear this, read this, understand this, gain a measure of understanding to get through what they were facing, or wanted to help someone else get through their trial with a christian way of seeing that I had to stop my reading and find/call that person at once. As you can tell, I am a big Edith Schaeffer fan, you can never go wrong in recommending one of her books to someone, if someone is not a christian, they will be exposed to real, authentic answers that the Bible and a relationship with Jesus Christ provide to those who do believe, and that is rare today, I feel. Again, please get a copy of this, read it, then pass it on, there is a hurting world that needs to be prepared to face "Affliction", and this book and author are the best I've found in my christian travels.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By joel blaylock on August 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
In this excellent book Edith Schaeffer shares many personal experiences which help a person to understand the meaning and purpose of suffering. The point she makes is that there is meaning and purpose in all suffering. She states there is a Personal God who understands and uses these experiences, not only to help us, but also in an eternal way to help everyone. It is good reading that is meaningful and full of comfort for anyone who is suffering.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V. Patterson on December 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent and one that I heartily recommend. In fact I have 3 on my bookshelf at the moment so I can share the truths in this book with others. It's given me understanding of how God uses suffering in our lives.
I know of one person who wrote a newsletter before her death of how this book brought purpose to her life in the midst of her dying from cancer.
If you are struggling for answers about suffering, this book will help bring about understanding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Moffat on August 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
A great book for helping to understand affliction. Very helpful for learning to use affliction for personal growth and for experiencing increased intimacy with God. I recommend it to anyone who has lost a loved one, lost a leg, lost a job and/or suffered any pain or loss during their life's journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric E. Wright on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Do you have books that have been in your library for years, but overlooked. This is one such book in my library. I must have had it for over 40 years, but have never read it thoroughly. I'm glad I happened upon it recently, for it is a gem. Edith Schaeffer tackles the tough, tough questions: why suffering? why do the innocent suffer, what causes suffering? And in the book she grapples with the pain and mystery of suffering with unusual warmth, profuse illustrations from her own experience, and a mastery of the biblical material.

We can seldom trace the why, but we do know that God overrules affliction to help us grow in faith and in ability to help other sufferers. The original cause is traced to the action of one man, Adam. The ramifications of that sinful choice are manifold. Schaeffer points out that God is not the cause. Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazurus. He was angry. Death is an enemy. The last enemy.

The causes of suffering may be the wiles of Satan, our own failures, the sins of others, the nature of human existence and may be either emotional, psychological, physical or spiritual.

Perhaps the best way for me to give the potential reader some insight in this volume is to quote here and there from the text. Let me say up front that the book is not a superficial or easy read. Sometime paragraphs are long, something 21 century readers are not accustomed to. However effort expended will be well rewarded.

A few quotes.
* True hope changes sorrow, but does not obliterate it. Death is not to be taken as a 'normal, beautiful release' but as an enemy. It spoils the beautiful creation God.
* The Word of God is very fair in giving us realistic examples of God's servants throughout history--Job, Paul, Stephen, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith L. Salzman on March 11, 2010
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Mrs. Schaeffer's book Affliction is timeless-a compassionate view of the challenges that humans face in light of a God who cares-
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda M Clark on July 30, 2013
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I am on my 2nd reading of this wonderful book & would recommend it to anyone who is going through troubles or who knows someone going through troubles. You will be blessed by her stories & her scripture references and prayers.
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