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Braving the Storm: Survival Tactics Paperback – 5 Jan 2007
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'Eric tells the truth about pain. There's no gloss, fluff, hyper-spirituality or cliches. The absence of them all makes me grateful, for slogans sting like salt on an already deep wound when you're suffering...Here is warm hope, honest empathy, faith that is gritty and authentic.' Jeff Lucas
Eric Gaudion has known ill-health for many years. Acute haemorrhagic pancreatitis has almost killed him, and his life is a daily struggle with pain. Once the pastor in a thriving church, he saw the ministry he dreamed of slip away. During all his trials, he has learned a number of important lessons he shares here - things that hinder and things that help those suffering; biblical lessons; and he has wise and compassionate advice to the church on those who are sick...and not healed. This is a must-read for the sufferer and for those care for the sick.See all Product description
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But you won't find superspiritual statements and sentimental comments in this book. In a journal-like manner Eric takes us deep into his own inner struggles with candour and sometimes blatant honesty, as he journeys through the many ups and downs of serious illness, hospital operations, excruciating pain, remissions, etc. noting the unhelpful "help" of some well meaning Christians, the pride-crushing shame of relying on pain relief, so that we are caught up inevitably in crying out along with him the "Why?" which has to be voiced.
In the last Chapter we find the response of Eric and his ever-patient, caring wife Diane. There is no easy-to-swallow medicine here, but it is easy to understand - the God who sent his Son Jesus to die for us and bring us to maturity in himself, will sanctify us sometimes using this "course" of suffering, purifying our love and devotion so that nothing else remains. Underneath are the everlasting arms, God IS in charge.
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