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About the Author

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and at conferences nationally and internationally. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books, including Holding On to HopeHearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series. She is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast from the Gospel Coalition.

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps.

 

JOHN CALVIN (1509–1564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible. 

 

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

Jerry Bridges (1929–2016) served for over 60 years on the staff of the Navigators. He authored 15 books and 5 devotionals, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold over a million copies, and the award-winning The Discipline of Grace and I Will Follow You, O God.

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

CHARLES H. SPURGEON (1834–1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today. 

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of the Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including Scandalous, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

MARTIN LUTHER (1483–1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley. 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death. 

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

Sinclair B. Ferguson (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the former senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.

PHILIP YANCEY is editor at large of Christianity Today and cochair of the editorial board for Books and Culture. Some of his books include Rumors of Another World (2003), Reaching for the Invisible God (2000), The Bible Jesus Read (1999), What's So Amazing About Grace? (1998), The Jesus I Never Knew (1995), and Where is God When It Hurts (1990).

OS GUINNESS (DPhil, Oxford University) was born in China, raised and educated in England, and moved to the United States in 1984. He directs the Trinity Forum and is a former fellow at the East-West Institute in New York. His books include The American Hour, No God But God, and The Dust of Death

THOMAS MANTON (1620–1677) played a prominent role in the Savoy Conference and the drafting of the Westminster Confession. He was pastor of a noted Puritan congregation in London but was later ejected from the official church for nonconformity, though he continued to preach wherever and whenever he had opportunity. Archbishop Ussher called him "one of the great preachers in England." His sermons formed the basis of his published commentaries. 

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Nancy Guthrie offers a poignant and powerful depiction of losing two infants and the comfort and hope she found in Christ after that experience. Her story reflects bittersweet sorrow, joy, and peace in this collection of essays on pain and suffering. In them she discusses classic and contemporary theologians such as John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Piper, Corrie Ten Boom, and more. Narrator Sharilynn Dunn narrates some of the essays, excelling in particular with her depiction of Joni Tada Eareckson's belief that her spinal cord injury was "God's good and loving Plan A" for her life. Kelly Dolan narrates the rest of the essays, in particular capturing C.S. Lewis's message on pain and suffering from God's point of view. Guthrie believes that God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves, and she hopes to give listeners the same comfort that she has experienced. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433511851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433511851
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've lived long enough, you know that very few, if any, escape suffering somewhere along the line. When those trials come, we need a rock solid ground beneath us. This secure stability in difficulty is what Nancy Guthrie hopes to guide us to in Be Still, My Soul. She writes:

"The scriptural truths elucidated in this book by respected classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers are the truths that have been the solid foundation under my feet in the storms of suffering and sorrow in my life."

Like two others of Nancy Guthrie's books, this is a collection of readings by various authors on a single topic. In this book the subject is God's perspective, purpose, and provision in suffering. Nancy Guthrie, who lost two of her children as infants and who has written books on the subject of God and suffering is uniquely equipped to compile selections that will give the reader courage, hope, and peace in suffering.

The twenty five chapters in Be Still, My Soul are written by twenty-five authors from very different backgrounds, circumstances, and times: A. W. Tozer; Os Guiness, D. A. Carson; Augustine; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Newton, to list some. The book is divided in three sections: nine pieces on God's perspective on suffering (how suffering fits in the big picture); eight on God's purpose in suffering (how suffering is used by God for specific purposes); and eight on God's provision in suffering (how God cares for us in difficulties).

As you might expect, there were some readings I liked more than others. There were also a few places where I either questioned the way certain points were made or questioned the points themselves. But that's okay.
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Suffering is often as difficult to understand as it is to endure. The burden of sorrow and the weight of suffering are interwoven elements of our reality. Thus, grappling with the gravity of pain in a sin-riddled world is not an optional task.

Recognizing the urgency of this reality, in this volume Nancy Guthrie has collected twenty-five readings on the problem of pain. Writing out of her own experiences, Guthrie confesses that suffering "pushes us deeper into the mystery of God. It makes us more desperate for him, to hear from him and sense his presence" (10). Her preface is indicative of the type of thoughtful reflection found in the selections throughout the volume.

She highlights what I think is one of the strengths of the collection by holding out a supernatural hope without diminishing the horror of human pain. She writes, "I am not holding on to hope in terms of a positive perspective about the future or an innate sense of optimism, but rather holding on to the living person of Jesus Christ." This type of resolve involves "grabbing hold of the promises of God, his purposes, and his provision, and refusing to let go."

Accordingly, her goal for this compilation of readings is that they would "shape your thinking, steel your resolve, and still your soul" (11). There are three distinct features of the volume that serve this end.

First, the structure of the book provides a helpful framework by which a believer might understand his or her adversity. The chapters are divided into three main parts: God's perspective on suffering, God's purpose in suffering, and God's provision in suffering. The chapters under each of these headings function as variations on these themes.
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Suffering will always be with us. How we should handle suffering, even in the best of times for the most devoted follower of Christ, may not always be clear to us. In "Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose and Provision in Suffering" we have a memorable collection of essays from theologians, past and present, sharing their experience and pastoral advice.

The authors in this valuable compilation range from John Newton to Corrie Ten Boom, from Augustine to D.A. Carson, each, in his or her own way, sharing an encouraging and comforting message. Editor Nancy Guthrie has done a brilliant job selecting each essay for the book. Reflecting on pain and suffering is something we spend far too little time on today. Suffering will affect your life someday and this work will enlighten as it informs its reader to God's merciful work in trials.
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I'm not even finished reading the book and I'm already recommending it to my friends and family. I have lost one child and now have a child neurologically injured from the same disease the first died from. This collection is SPOT ON. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST read for ANYONE wondering "Where is God" in suffering or when tragedy hits. GOD IS GOOD, no matter what. (Signed in under my husband's account but review is written by JEN Cameron.)
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This is an encouraging, uplifting book. Each chapter written by a different author helped me grasp more clearly how God shapes us through suffering and how He sustains us with His love. Beautifully crafted!
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The best minds tackle serious suffering, and leave you empowered. This is a highly studied and experienced area for me, and much/most was fully new.

Very rich info.

If you are an atheist understand this has a theistic core and is Christian in world view. Though some pearls for many philosophies.
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