Sunday, November 1, 2009

Finding Purpose Behind Our Pain

Finding Purpose Behind Our Pain: Uncover the Hidden Potential in Life's Most Common Struggles by Drs. Paul Meyer and David Henderson is intended to be a motivational work. Its purpose is to encourage those experiencing pain or struggling with past hurt to turn their struggles around into something positive.

The book isn't bad, although I feel some of their Biblical application is far-fetched and out of context. It is a positive, encouraging work on a very practical level. It is important for everyone to realize that their pain, whatever its cause, can be an impetus for significant personal growth. This is invaluable truth.

I didn't feel that the book went beyond a superficial level, though. Our pain is a reflection of a deeper condition within us and is a direct result of the fall. I never felt like this was well addressed.

As someone who has experienced very deep emotional and mental anguish, I don't think this book would have helped me during my recovery. It doesn't help someone identify the source of their pain, nor does it really give helpful strategy for moving out of struggle.

This first must be addressed before a person can view their hurts as positive.

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