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Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering Paperback – 15 Apr 2010
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About the Author
The Revd Dr Trystan Owain Hughes is the Anglican Chaplain of Cardiff University and a member of the theological commission which assists the bench of Welsh bishops.
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From Sean Penn's film Into The Wild to the Holocaust reflections of Viktor Frankl, Dr Hughes explores how all of us can learn to 'strip things away' so we have room in our hearts for that which is of real importance - be it natural beauty, family, friendship, art or love. As a jumping-off point for all sorts of other themes and ideas this book is brilliant at pointing the way. Borrowing heavily from scripture as well as other faiths this is a great read for both christians and non-christians alike and casts a welcome light on the dark times all of us have to face.
We live in a world largely unsympathetic to the question of pain, be it physical or emotional, and it takes a huge amount of courage to engage in any discourse about it. People either don't get it or just don't want to hear about it. As someone who lives daily with a long-term chronic illness, I know how hard it can be sometimes to stay positive. Yet this book helps to demonstrate what most of us already understand but sometimes forget - that by viewing the world with open eyes and an open heart, and by valuing the things of real worth, we can affirm our lives and faith and hold on to strength even in the depths of our suffering.
A truly rewarding and thought-provoking read.
The book is easy to read - as it flows very easily. Helpfully, it is split up into smaller sections, which means it is easier to pick up and put down if you are very busy or not well enough to read much at a time. At the same time it is full of information - I'm looking forward to reading it again to dig deeper. A comprehensive bibliography is provided for anyone wishing to extend their knowledge of the areas covered in the book.
All in all, this book gently helps us to view our suffering in a different light. You might ask how could you possibly see a time of pain, grief, distress, loneliness, isolation or misery in a positive and new light?? You'll need to read this book, as it shows ways that these times can help you find God and grow & appreciate what you still have, despite your suffering.
A book for everyone and anyone, whether life at the moment is tough or not. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
Although the book is written from a Christian perspective, it draws from a number of different religious traditions. Its cultural references are diverse, accessible and stimulating and it offers its message to those of all faiths or none.
In a world and a culture that tries to sweep the messiness of pain or grief out of sight, it is sweet relief to find a book that addresses these issues honestly, openly and positively.
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a blessing to read gave me new insight and encouragement would recomend it to other people who are struggling