Created for Joy

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Created for Joy

A Christian View of Suffering

Sidney Callahan examines the reality of suffering and draws on the insights of psychology, evolutionary biology, and creation theology to come to new conclusions about our relationship to difficulty and pain. A Christian perspective on the trials and joys of life.

In the face of suffering, is it possible to believe in God? In this heartfelt and thoughtful book, Catholic columnist Sidney Callahan answers emphatically, yes. Reflecting on her own harrowing experience of a mother’s loss and referencing scripture and a wealth of modern psychological research and theological inquiry, Callahan shows that Christians can view suffering in a different way, with the expectation—in the face of all evidence to the contrary—that we are created to experience joy.

Topics include:
Sept. 11th
Suffering—what it is and why it exists
Traditional justifications
A new story of God and creation
Jesus—man of sorrows
Christian practice
The emotions
Prayer
Transformation

Reviews and endorsements

“Suffering is an agonizing theoretical and practical issue for all who believe in a gracious God. Sidney Callahan brings a wealth of resources to her book on the subject—her own personal experience of suffering, her deep psychological and broad theological expertise, her literary and scientific interest, as well as her profound humanistic and Christian understandings. I know of no better book dealing with the theology and spirituality of suffering for the general reader. I have already recommended this book to a number of people including a woman, who like Sidney Callahan, just lost a child after birth.”
Charles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Chair of Human Values at Southern Methodist University

9780824525668
Paperback / 256 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/4
CROSSROAD, 2007