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The Sweet Side of Suffering: Recognizing God's Best When Facing Life's Worst

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Suffering is often a reality people don’t choose. However, they do have a choice in how to respond to it. In The Sweet Side of Suffering, author M. Esther Lovejoy explores the character of God to help readers find a response that sweetens the bitter waters of suffering. This engaging book is written in a narrative voice, sharing biblical truths and practical insights from ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Discovery House
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*I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to review.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as sometimes I can be quite hard on books especially ones that lean towards the self-help genre. Though being a Christian book the term self-help seems a bit ludicrous because we are ultimately not relying on the self but leaning upon the Bible and the Lord. I think there should be a sub category all of it's own in regards to books of this nature. Esther Lovejoy brings to our attention in
Apr 17, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Balm to a troubled soul. This is the testimony of one who has walked the hard road and found Jesus to be with her in the journey. This is the counsel of one who has be in the desert place and been guided to the water of life. This is warm, solid, insightful, engaging, hopeful and enlightening aid for any heart wounded by the traumas of life.
Mar 11, 2013 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Suffering is an unwanted but all-too-real part of life. I seem to have experienced more of it than I ever thought I would in the past year, with multiple health issues which remain unresolved. I don't even have a concrete diagnosis for one of my biggest problems. The fact that I have health problems makes me more sensitive to others' suffering. I am old before my time, in that regard.

I saw this book on NetGalley and thought it might help me personally. I often struggle with wanting to ask God,
May 12, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians enduring hard times
The Sweet Side of Suffering by M. Esther Lovejoy is geared to help Christians who have suffered or are currently suffering gain a new perspective on the opportunities that suffering brings to become closer and more intimate with God. It also reassures that no matter what we are going through, our God is there in the trenches with us, loving us, with plans for our benefit already in place if we but look toward the bigger picture and allow ourselves to trust in the Lord. There is no doubt that Ms. ...more
Erin DeGroot
Jul 18, 2016 Erin DeGroot rated it really liked it
This book is a beautiful meditation on the many ways God loves us through our suffering. Ms. Lovejoy has experienced great suffering over the course of her life, and the reflections and life lessons she shares in this book demonstrate how there truly is a sweet side to suffering, if we are willing to see it.

Each chapter focus on a different “sweetness of” such as knowing God, hearing God, etc. She provides copious examples from the Bible as well as illustrative stories from her life. My favorite
Jun 21, 2016 booksthrubifocals rated it it was amazing
So often, Christians who are suffering try to put on a happy face, thinking if they were better followers of Christ that their lives would be filled with only "good" things - material success, obedient children, good health etc. When they experience hardship as scripture insures God's people will, they sometimes believe they are being punished for shortcomings, and that every trial must be met with equanimity. Unfortunately many unscriptural beliefs have crept into sound doctrine and what the Bi ...more
Jan 11, 2014 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
I have nothing but positive things to say about this book. It is such an encouragement to read how another Christian has worked through suffering of some kind and come out praising the Lord. I gave this book 5/5 stars and was happy to do so! I would recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult day. We all deal with different issues. This book reminds us look to the Lord for our comfort as he knows what we are going through because he allowed it. The author also reminds us this is our ...more
May 15, 2015 Collene rated it really liked it
M. Esther Lovejoy writes this book from her heart. It’s a love letter to
all who are hurting. She uses her own experience as well as the experiences
of others to show how suffering can bring a closer walk with God.
Scriptures used are from the New International Bible.

I particularly liked the chapter on the names of Jesus and the chapter on
hope. There is so much in here that I needed to read. It was a blessing to
me and it will be a blessing to you.

I was given a copy of this book from Discovery House
Linda Graf
Feb 04, 2015 Linda Graf rated it it was amazing
A powerful, personal testimony to God's sovereignty in a Christian's life. Great biblical teaching and perspective. Highly recommend for anyone who is experiencing trials!!
Mar 07, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
It is a book of hope and encouragement with many insights that make you pause to absorb or even reread because they are so profound.
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