Is it possible for us today to rejoice when we face disappointments, tragedies, persecutions, bereavements and setbacks? In an engaging and highly readable style, Ian Rees shows us that suffering is a normal part of the Christian experience, and that Christians down the ages, from believers in Old Testament times right up to the present day, have often had the experience of their faith being put through the furnace, and that there is a plan and a purpose in our trials, even when we feel God has forgotten us. This is a book that is full of sound biblical teaching, richly illustrated from church history, missionary work, church life, and contemporary culture, and written sensitively and in a deeply pastoral manner.
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Praise for the Print Edition
This book will equip you for the trials that come your way. It is easy to read, very well illustrated, and most of all, opens up the Scriptures on the massive problems we all face from time to time. Seldom have modern writers displayed such ability to make their work so easy to read, practical and, at the same time, utterly faithful to the Word of God. Those who read this book will thank God for it and those who preach will soon be quoting from it.
—Chris Kelly, minister, Lansdowne Baptist Church, Bournemouth, England
This is an ideal book to give to new disciples who are familiar with the pop-culture of today, but who need grounding in sound biblical principles. Yet it would also be of great benefit to disciples of a few years’ maturity who need to understand afresh the experiences and changing scenes of the life they pass through. With solid and deep exegesis from the biblical text, here is a theology of discipleship based on the Bible, rather than just on the themes of the Bible.
—Paul Pease, pastor, Hook Evangelical Church, Surbiton, Surrey, England
- Title: Faith in the Furnace: Understanding God’s Purpose in the Trials of Life
- Author: Ian Rees
- Publisher: Day One
- Publication Date: 2006
- Pages: 208
About Ian Rees
Ian Rees became a Christian at university, converted from solid atheism, and soon entered the ministry, having studied at London Theological Seminary. He was a minister at a church in Somerset, subsequently worked with European Christian Mission, and is now the associate pastor of a church near Northampton, England.