Suffering is Never for Nothing

Elisabeth Elliot was no stranger to suffering. What little I know of her life story tells me that she has intimate knowledge of the harder side of life. And yet, she had joy. Her faith didn’t waver. And she clung to God in the hardest moments.

Suffering is Never for Nothing

This never before published teaching from Elliot focuses on how Elliot was able to navigate the hard moments of life while clinging to her faith. The content in this book was originally delivered by Elliot as six teaching sessions for a conference. Through these sessions (each turned into a chapter), Elliot seeks to untangle a small portion of suffering.

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Though relatively short, this book takes a deep dive into the idea that God will always use our suffering. Elliot is quick to point out, “suffering is never for nothing.” At the very least it draws us back into closer fellowship with God. And if that is all that comes from it, then suffering is for something.

I loved reading this insight into walking the journey of suffering and grief. Occasionally, it felt like something was missing from the narrative. This was acknowledged by the publisher at the beginning of the book though. Because the content is derived from audio recordings, there was an occasional discontent that seems to happen in a regular book. In those moments, I placed myself back in the context of when the content was originally taught and was able to reengage rather quickly.

While the topic of suffering and grief is not new for me, I found Suffering is Never for Nothing to be a new take on the subject. It was refreshing to hear from someone who has been through suffering and is “on the other side.” There’s a calm reminder that we will get through the things that cause us pain. It was a gentle admonition to lean on God and not lose sight of who He is in light of the pain.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.

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