Are you struggling with trials and tribulations? Are you overcome with grief or trauma? An inspiring new book from Vide Press shares the story of discovering God’s peace and joy during life’s most challenging moments. In Life With a Limp: Discovering God’s Purpose in Your Pain author David Stevens shares the poignant and restorative story of the loss of his son.
Do you feel alone in your pain? David Stevens shares how everybody walks with a limp. From cradle to casket, life is filled with physical, mental, and emotional pain. Some may hide their limp better than others. Nevertheless, the limp is there. Suffering is not a respecter of persons. While suffering afflicts our bodies and emotions, the problem of suffering afflicts the mind. When confronted by tragedy, one may ask: How can I survive this pain? But eventually, the more philosophical questions occupy the mind: Why did God let this happen? or How can I trust a God who would let my child die?
Life With a Limp: Discovering God’s Purpose in Your Pain provides a robust, biblical reflection on these and other questions such as:
- How do I handle my grief?
- What is the role of suffering in the Christian life?
- How do I reconcile my suffering with belief in an all-good God?
- Do all things really work together for good for those who love God?
This book is for “limpers” by one who limps! Throughout the book, the author shares his story of limping through doubt, loss, and grief following the death of his firstborn son. But more importantly, he explores how our limp in life can help us grow more in love with our suffering Savior.
Readers agree that Steven’s book brings peace to distraught lives. “This is an honest, heartfelt, and heaven-calling look into the unbearable suffering caused by the death of a child. Can any suffering be deeper or more unthinkable? I’ve known the author for many years and had the privilege of speaking at his son’s memorial service. I know firsthand the authenticity of his words and his life. This is a much-needed resource and offers real help to anyone suffering or seeking to help those who are,” writes Rev. James Burgess, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Church, Dubai, UAE. Another reader, Ramesh Richard Ph.D., Th.D., and President, RREACH and Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary, writes, “Birthed in ongoing grief, this personal immersion in Scripture, theology, and experience will provide pastoral comfort to any in pain and anguish. Missionary-pastor-friend David Stevens takes the reader to the philosophical edge of a God limited by human choices and actions. And yet divine providence in both purpose and process finally prevails. Valuable exegeses of relevant Scriptures filled with powerful illustrations from history, geography, and literature will strengthen any soul. Read it slowly, humbly, and eagerly.”
“Since the death of my firstborn son, I have wrestled intensely with God, seeking the answer to my questions. Maybe you have also as you limp along through life. Thankfully, our Creator has not left us in the dark. Between paradise lost (Genesis 3) and paradise regained (Revelation 21-22), the Bible is replete with examples of those who walk through suffering. There is hope through Jesus!”
DAVID E. STEVENS is a pastor, theologian, and missionary who has ministered extensively in the United States, Europe, and Africa. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique (Th.D.) near Paris, France, he has pastored churches in Portland, Oregon and in Belgium. He is presently engaged in pastoral training in West Africa.
Life With a Limp: Discovering God’s Purpose in Your Pain is now available wherever books are sold.