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After the Darkest Hour: How Suffering Begins the Journey to Wisdom

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Most people understand that suffering and sorrow--whether illness, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job--are inevitable parts of every life. They are truly universal experiences, and yet few of us comprehend the ways in which suffering can give rise to growth. In this thoughtful, compassionate book, Kathleen Brehony reveals the transformative power of suffering a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Holt Paperbacks (first published September 11th 2000)
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Janice Williams
I discuss this book on my blog post: Pain, Part 4 "What Others Have Said about Pain and Suffering" at It's a profound book, get it in hardcover if you can because you'll refer to it often as you go through life. It is not a religious book, but Brehony does offer insights into suffering from various religious perspectives, as well as philosophy, and psychology. The author states she undertook to write this book because she wondered why some people crumble unde ...more
This book explore how suffering can be a powerful force for good in the lives of the people who learn the lessons that are available to them. Material for a variety of faiths and traditions are discussed, demonstrating that suffering is a universal experience, and that many traditions have learned to let suffering bring about growth. As a general survey, this book could be given 4 stars, but for me it's only 3 because I believe it fails to fully capture how God uses suffering to draw us closer t ...more
Great book. I'd give the first half of the book five stars. I borrowed this from the library, but have put it on my list to buy; it would have had lots of markings if it had been mine.
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