Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life
by R. C. Sproul
Reformation Trust 2010
Suffering often seems to catch us by surprise. One day we are healthy, comfortable, and happy. The next we find ourselves ill or injured, struggling, and distraught. The pain that invades our lives may come from our own suffering or that of a loved one. But no matter the source, we didn’t see it coming. All too often, our perplexity prompts us to suspect God of wrongdoing.
In this classic book, republished in a revised and expanded edition, Dr. R. C. Sproul argues that we should not be surprised by suffering; instead, we should expect pain and sorrow in this life. Some are actually called to a “vocation” of suffering, and all of us are called to undergo the ultimate suffering of death. God promises in his Word that difficult times will come upon us, but he also promises that he allows suffering for our good and his glory, and he will never give us more than we can bear with his help.
Dr. Sproul offers solid biblical counsel and comfort for those undergoing suffering and for those who minister to the suffering, counsel that helps believers stand in times of trial with faith in a God who is both loving and good.
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- Preface by the author
- Questions and answers on issues surrounding the problem of suffering
- Bibliographical references and index
- Title: Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life
- Author: R. C. Sproul
- Publisher: Reformation Trust
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 157
About R. C. Sproul
R. C. Sproul is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries and president of Ligonier Academy. He also serves as the senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s in Sanford, Fla., and he has written more than 70 books including Defending Your Faith, The Truth of the Cross, Truths We Confess, and commentaries on Romans and John in the Saint Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series.