Where Is God When It Hurts

Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey presents the problem of pain and explains various reasons why pain is important, even necessary.  He begins the book by talking about his friends John and Claudia.  Not long after they were married, Claudia contracted Hodgkin's disease.  The disease tested both of them mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Her sickness was the instigator of this book.  Yancey saw the pain of this young couple, and he watched as people tried to encourage them.  He saw that the encouragement offered was not usually encouragement at all.

His purpose in this book, first of all, was to discuss the biological reasons for pain, what reason there is for it to exist.  He also questioned why God allows us to suffer.  After all of that, he looked at how people respond to pain and what can be said to those who suffer.

In researching for this book, he talked with many Christians who have dealt with pain more so than most people do.  He spent a significant amount of time in Carville, Louisiana, with Dr. Paul Brand and his patients, people with Hansen's disease.  Hansen's disease destroys pain receptors.  Yancey told numerous stories about those who suffer with Hansen's disease, giving his readers a new perspective on pain.  Quickly one realizes that a life without pain would likely be worse than having pain.  People with Hansen's disease inadvertently destroy their bodies because there is no pain to tell them to stop doing whatever hurtful thing they are doing.

This book is very relevant, as it speaks on something that most people have, to some extent, experienced themselves.  The topic is also an important one, as a struggle with pain of any kind can shake a person and change who they are.  It is a subject that should be dealt with in a way that is clear, honest, and compassionate.

If the problem of pain is something you struggle with, this book is a great place to start.

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