- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (February 1, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535914157
- ISBN-13: 978-1535914154
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Suffering Is Never for Nothing Hardcover – February 1, 2019
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'Linger long on this woman's sage wisdom, for there are epiphanies yet to dawn on your horizon, showing you even brighter excellencies of Jesus and more astounding beauties of His gospel. let the timeless truths in this brand new book spur you on'.
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'Suffering is the gateway to joy'.
Elisabeth Elliot knows suffering. She and her husband, Jim, moved into an unreached village, only for Jim to lose his life soon after arriving.
This never-before-published message is Elisabeth Elliot's last teaching on suffering, a subject with which she was deeply acquainted. In her final book, Elliot describes how it is often through the deepest suffering that God teaches us the deepest lessons. As we trust Him through our trials, we come to a greater assurance of His love and sovereignty.
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Elisabeth Elliot was born Elisabeth Howard to missionary parents who were serving in Belgium. Upon their return to the United States they settled in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before she began college at Wheaton College. It was there that she discovered her love for biblical Greek, a love that would ultimately lead to her making the New Testament accessible to some of those for whom it had not been previously accessible. Wheaton College is also where she met Jim Elliot, who she later married in Quito, Ecuador, where they were both serving as missionaries.
Jim and Elisabeth had one daughter, Valerie, who was ten months old when her father was killed by some Waorani men who he, along with four other missionaries, had been seeking to develop a relationship for gospel purposes. Elisabeth continued working with the Quichua people of Ecuador when, through a remarkable providence, she met two Waorani women with whom she and Valerie lived for a year. They were the key to Elisabeth and Valerie going to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. They remained there for two years.
Elisabeth and Valerie returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when she and Valerie returned to the U.S. Subsequent to her return to the United States, her life was one of writing and speaking. It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He died in 1973. After his death she married Lars Gren, to whom she was married until her death on June 15, 2015 at her home in Magnolia, Massachusetts.
Elisabeth’s influence continues to span generations through her daily radio program on air for many years and now re-airing in many locations, her rigorous conference schedule, including still referenced messages such as those from the Urbana But it is through her books that her reach spread the furthest. With millions of copies of 21 books in print over the years, one cannot begin to fathom the influence this one surrendered life had on the choices, godliness, and overall sanctification of millions.
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Her life was her university. God was her professor. And in the course of wisdom she received an A+ as God guided her and taught her through the deep waters of suffering and grief.
This book is a must read for those who struggle to understand what God could possibly be doing by granting them heartache and pain.
People often ask why when bad things happen. Elizabeth shares some stories from others, along with her personal stories. What we know is that suffering is a mystery that none of us is really capable of plumbing, and it’s a mystery about which she is sure everyone at some time or other has asked why. She shares that there are a good many things in this life that we really can’t do anything about, but that God wants us to do something with. She goes into what the message of suffering is, accepting suffering, and gratitude. Which she believes are two things that ought to distinguish everyone that calls themselves a Christian are accepting and gratitude. In other words, she says it is us growing in contentment and honoring God ~ thanking God in advance because no matter what is about to happen, you already know that God is in charge. You are not in a sea of chaos. She shares how to do this, one thing she says is we need Jesus Christ, our refuge, our fortress, the stronghold of my life. It takes desolation to teach us our need of Him. I liked what she says about unseen things, the visible things are transitory. It is the invisible things that are really permanent. She says she often prayed that God would deliver her from making a career out of her troubles. Oh how true that is, so often when there is an issue, something wrong, first thing is I let my feelings get in the way and then try to take control. Instead of going to the One who is in control and trusting Him with it.
So what do we do with our burdens and suffering, sometimes it just entails being obedient, offering up what we have to Him, doing the next thing in front of us, and that might be just sweeping the floor. Why, she says because it was Jesus that bore all my sins, all my griefs and all my sorrows. And yet there is a full tale yet to be fulfilled. I don’t understand it. I simply affirm it. I accept it.
This is a book, that would make a great gift to give to anyone going through a hard time and to gift to ourselves. A good message for us to all know, that suffering is never for nothing. I only shared a tiny bit of the book with you, there is so much more she teaches on suffering. “God has a lot up His sleeve that you and I haven’t the slightest idea about now. He’s told us enough so that we know that suffering is never for nothing.”