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Have you experienced an ongoing trial that left you wrung out emotionally? Do you feel alone in your pain?
Though suffering often leaves us feeling isolated, God invites us into the community of the Trinity and offers us many companions in Scripture. We experience loneliness alongside the exiled Israelites. We journey with David as he pleads to God for rescue. With Asaph we confess our unbelief. With Job we learn to lament. With Mary and Martha we learn to wait.
In God's community, there is sweet fellowship, even in the hardest of circumstances. Journey in these pages with Wendy Alsup through her story of suffering, and more importantly, with the God who walks with us in the wilderness.
This warm and contemplative book also includes a helpful appendix for those who companion a suffering loved one.
1 On the Outside Looking In 2 Our Suffering Savior 3 Fellowship of the Suffering 4 Pleading for Rescue 5 Help My Unbelief 6 Ambiguous Loss 7 Learning to Lament 8 Finding Rest 9 Waiting on Jesus 10 Fellowship with the Cloud of Witnesses 11 Fellowship with the Rock Conclusion: Limping Forward
Acknowledgments Appendix: Offering Companionship to the Suffering Notes Suggested Reading Scripture Index
"Companions in Sufferingis an honest, clear, biblical, practical, and wise book, speaking to many of the issues we wrestle with most. If you are suffering, Wendy Alsup will be an open and encouraging companion."
Andrew Wilson, teaching pastor, King's Church London
"No one who is really suffering is interested in trite answers or simple formulas; we want something substantive. We want to hear from someone who has been there and is honest about the pain but offers genuine insight into what it looks like to persevere through the pain. That's what Wendy Alsup does in this book. While it's personal, it isn't personality-driven or all about her personal story, though her personal story gives her writing credibility. Instead, this book is saturated with insight into Scripture, presenting meaty truths that make a difference, helping to make sense of and bring peace and rest in the midst of the lowest days and the hardest things."
Nancy Guthrie, author and Bible teacher
"Few things are more isolating for a person than suffering, and that isolation only compounds the pain that suffering brings upon a person. Wendy Alsup understands this pain well and has given us all a gift in the midst of her suffering. Through her own narrative, the stories of others, and the testimony of Scripture, Wendy reminds us that we truly are never alone in our suffering. This book is a gift for anyone who is stuck in a deep valley, because Wendy understands that the valley doesn't always have an exit point. And instead of showing us the path out, she gives us the Christ within—the same Christ who has met her in her dark valley. Wendy has been a gift to me personally for a while now, and I am excited for others to experience that same comfort through her words."
Courtney Reissig, author Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God and Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping God Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life
"Wendy welcomes us into her tent of suffering, encouraging us to enter into others' tents and welcome them into ours. She doesn't do so with empty platitudes or false promises but with the hope of the gospel and the truth of Scripture. In your own sufferings, be comforted by God through Wendy's witness."
Kristen Wetherell, author of Fight Your Fears and coauthor of Hope When It Hurts
"Author Wendy Alsup has a gift for you. It's a refreshingly honest look at how hard life can be set against the backdrop of the gospel. She takes readers on a survey of the hurts of her own life and frames human pain with biblical hope."
Dan DeWitt, associate professor of applied theology and apologetics at Cedarville University, author of Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World
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