Shaped by Suffering

by Kenneth Boa with Jenny Abel     |     Book Summary


Author: Kenneth Boa with Jenny Abel
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Date: February 4, 2020
Pages: 264

Book Summary of Shaped by Suffering by Kenneth Boa with Jenny Abel


Suffering is inescapable. Whether due to loss, illness, sickness, death of a loved one, or even persecution, adversity is part of living in a fallen world. God, however, uses hardship to conform His people to Christ and grow their character. Our response to affliction is far more important than the form suffering takes. God works through our suffering and prepares us for eternity.

“The qualities we most admire in people are seldom forged in times of ease but in times of adversity.” (p. 2) We can view the Christian life as a crucible of adversity, and it is in this crucible that God’s grace transmutes the lead of suffering into the gold of glory. 

Given the universal nature of suffering, the question we need to focus on is not whether we’ll meet with it, but what we’re going to do with it. What does God want to do with our struggles? 

Shaped by Suffering helps readers see that hardships are redemptive, shaping our character and shifting our attitudes about God, other people, and ourselves. Without a biblical perspective, it is easy for bitterness to take root and to become discouraged from the calling God has given us.





Shaped by Suffering

by Kenneth Boa with Jenny Abel

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Shaped by Suffering by Kenneth Boa with Jenny Abel

AuthorKenneth Boa with Jenny Abel
PublisherInterVarsity Press
DateFebruary 4, 2020
Pages264


Overview:

Suffering is inescapable. Whether due to loss, illness, sickness, death of a loved one, or even persecution, adversity is part of living in a fallen world. God, however, uses hardship to conform His people to Christ and grow their character. Our response to affliction is far more important than the form suffering takes. God works through our suffering and prepares us for eternity.

“The qualities we most admire in people are seldom forged in times of ease but in times of adversity.” (p. 2) We can view the Christian life as a crucible of adversity, and it is in this crucible that God’s grace transmutes the lead of suffering into the gold of glory. 

Given the universal nature of suffering, the question we need to focus on is not whether we’ll meet with it, but what we’re going to do with it. What does God want to do with our struggles? 

Shaped by Suffering helps readers see that hardships are redemptive, shaping our character and shifting our attitudes about God, other people, and ourselves. Without a biblical perspective, it is easy for bitterness to take root and to become discouraged from the calling God has given us.