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Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

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Charles Spurgeon once said, "I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages." In dark and difficult trials, we often long to be delivered from the pain--but Spurgeon's words describe his experience as one that has brought him to see the hand of God in his suffering. What if God intends to work through our suffering rather than simply take it away? ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 31st 2018 by Crossway Books (first published January 2018)
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
An excellent book, for anyone but especially anyone going through a trial/illness. Totally agree with everything he's written about faith, trusting that God, in his grace, always designs trials for our own good. Not minimizing pain, but infusing significance into our suffering.

My husband is currently going through a physical trial with a type of cancer that is not curable but treatable; he is reading this currently and is liking it a lot, so a much better endorsement from one who has suffered b
Linnea Stephens
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wowza — this has definitely shaped my theology of suffering — especially with chronic pain —
When I’m experiencing pain, I can cling to the truth that Jesus understands — he experienced the worst type of physical pain — so he knows & understands
Kara Burgess
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Most facing the physical difficulties Dave Furman faces would never consider full-time ministry, much less church planting in the Middle East. In this book, Mr. Furman shares how the Gospel enables him to live a Christ-glorifying life through his pain, not despite it. This was an easy read, and the truth shared was not astonishing, yet his applications to a suffering life have made an impact. When I woke up this morning and realized today was one of those days where I would struggle to get throu ...more
First sentence: How quickly we forget the identity of Jesus!

This book on suffering is titled, Kiss The Wave. The title comes from a Spurgeon quote: "I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages." It wasn't easy for Spurgeon, and it's no easier for us, to kiss the wave. But it is necessary and beneficial that we learn how to embrace the grace in any and every situation. Furman writes, "In the midst of the storm, God has your good and his glory in mind."

The book seeks to
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I say that we must to talk ourselves instead of allowing "ourselves" to talk to us!...Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. The main art i ...more
Chris MacLeavy
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dave Furman knows a thing or two about disability, depression, and dark nights of the soul. His latest work is a real, raw look at what those times look like, what developing a solid theology of suffering can do for you in those times, and the immeasurable joy that is available to the Christian when they see their circumstances as being from God, with God, and ultimately for God. Kiss the Wave is loaded with gospel and insight into the life of the suffering Christian. This book pulls no punches, ...more
Wes Smith
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to read especially if you are going through a trial or know someone who is. Dave Furman is someone who is uniquely able to talk about suffering as both someone dealing with chronic pain and a pastor. He does a great job showing how God's sovereigntly is so helpful in suffering. Knowing that God is aware, near, and working in the midst of our trials! ...more
Zach Barnhart
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-life
Great primer on the topic of suffering and trials, and how we should think about our circumstances and the God behind them. A good review. Appreciated the recommended resources included in the back for others to consult.
**I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley. My review and opinions are my own.**

"I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages." -C. H. Spurgeon

Kiss the Wave is a book about suffering. Every Christian will eventually face some form of suffering - illness, loss, difficult circumstances, etc - which is why there are so many books about suffering on the market. So the question always is, should someone read this book on suffering? I would say yes.
Heather Persing
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***I received an advanced copy of this book from Crossway through Netgalley. This review and any opinions expressed are my own***

“When we understand who Christ is (the sustenance-provider and storm-controller), we will have peace in the midst of life’s storms. Misunderstanding who Jesus is brings us only fear and distress.”

Dave Furman does what so many have failed to do when writing about suffering from a Christian perspective; he talks honestly about his disability and his struggles with depre
Matthew Manchester
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book and it IS good, but it was different than I expected. It speaks to people in pain/injury to remind them of their comforts in Christ. This is a good thing but I'd thought it would be more practical than just "remember the gospel".

I love Dave Furman and I would still recommend this book. But it could've been great and unique. It's more like a Paul Tripp book (which is no bad thing).
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that I choose to sit with pen and paper as I read a book - especially when I'm reading it on my Kindle.  This book, however, was one where pen and paper seemed necessary.  While I could just highlight as I found snippets of applicable texts for my life (or the life of some of my friends), writing things down with pen and paper really help me to "own" it.  And I wanted to own some of this - much of this - most of this.

Interestingly, in our Sunday School class this past month we wat
Danielle Williamson
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suffering
I would recommend this to anyone who is suffering, particularly someone at the start of a hard journey. This book would have been incredibly helpful to read when I was first diagnosed. Some of it was a bit under-nuanced for me, but I particularly liked the chapter entitled "The Wave Maker Will Carry You to Shore". My biggest encouragements came from Furman's transparency (I love that he was so open about mental illnesses without taking the time to disclaim them left, right, and center from Bibli ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Crossway to review.Since the first time I read a Gloria Furman book a few years ago, I have been curious about their life and how they cope with her husband Dave’s condition. He has a chronic nerve disease that causes him to experience constant, never ending, searing pain in his arms (and it’s started in his legs now). I think one reason I was curious is because chronic pain is a huge fear of mine. I’m amazed that this couple with their four kids have bee ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book to remind us of Christ's strength in our own weakness. The various trials we face here on earth are small in comparison to the glory we will experience in heaven. Being brought closer to God during difficult times is a blessing to believers. Mr. Furman does a good job reminding us of this by telling his own struggles and not being overly dramatic in doing so. ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
A great little book that answers common questions pertaining to suffering. The author suffers from a debilitating nerve disease that causes chronic pain, so he is writing from experience. He addresses the problem of pain focusing on biblical truths and using biblical principles. I highly recommend this book to anyone who endures suffering and/or ministers to those who do.
Nick Esch
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The idea behind this book (especially the title) comes from a quote by Charles Spurgeon. He says, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” Throughout the book Dave unpacks this quote for us, and encourages the believer by pointing us to Jesus and reminding us of our great hope in Christ. Dave writes from a unique vantage point, as he suffers from chronic pain and is a pastor who ministers to others in the midst of their suffering.

Kiss The Wave is a gospel rich b
David Steele
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages,” said the British preacher, C.H. Spurgeon. Embracing trials in a God-honoring way is the theme of Dave Furman’s new book, Kiss the Wave.

The author does not write in an ivory tower. Nor does he write as a mere spectator. Rather, Furman writes as one who has been tormented by depression and pummeled by physical adversity. Inspired by the godly example of Spurgeon, Pastor Furman speaks candidly about the hurts, trials, persec
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hope can seem elusive amidst persistent pain. Dave Furman does an exceptional job of imparting hope to his readers, first and foremost through a deeper understanding of God’s character through the Bible. However, Furman also writes from a deeply personal place of experience. Kiss the Wave is a beautiful intersection of the gospel and life, equipping its readers to embrace the notion that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. And Dave, himself, i ...more
Joseph Knowles
Kiss the Wave by Dave Furman
Length: Approximately 6 hours. To read (160 pages)
Rating: 5 out of 5

Few people can claim to have the same kind of experiences with trials and suffering as Dave Furman. Rather than simply recounting his personal struggles, however, Furman has given Christians a marvelous resource for preparing themselves for the trials we know will come.

Who should read this?

Every Christian ought to develop a strong, Biblical understanding of the purposes of trials in the l
Michelle Kidwell
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Kiss the Wave
Embracing God in Your Trials
by Dave Furman

Christian , Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 31 Jan 2018

I am reviewing a copy off Kiss the Wave through Crossway and Netgalley:

Kiss the Wave deals with lives difficult times, with Chronic Pain and heart break in a very realistic way. This book does not sugarcoat the truths, but reminds us that sometimes God can even use the hard times in our lives.

In this book we are encouraged to remember who Christ is during these storms in lives. W
Jessie Young
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent points made, lots of real life stories and experiences, tons of scripture are at the backbone of this book. The author is relatable and uses scripture backing for everything. He doesn’t base his ideas on personal ideals but on scripture. I felt like the flow of the book was a little choppy but I got the point. The stories became a little distracting and I felt like it could have used more Bridge material (bridging from point to point). It was overall a really good book. There were just ...more
Stefanie Sugia
"Don't read this book to merely gain knowledge or a quick fix, but to truly understand and live out the psalmist's cry, 'It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.'"
We usually use the term 'wave' to identify the struggles we go through in life. That's why I was instantly intrigued when I read the title of this book, Kiss the Wave. Right from the start, it's stated that if you're looking for a quick solution for your current suffering, this book is not for you.
MaryAnne Hommel
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in the Trials by Dave Furman, acceptance of the pain is what we are encouraged to do, and with the most effective tool at our disposal-the Gospel. The title is from a quote that is attributed to Charles Spurgeon, who had his own share of trials, grief and pain. “I have learned” Spurgeon is to have said, “to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages”. What Spurgeon meant is that it is by looking to the Rock, the Sovereign God, we can accept our circumst ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never text as many quotes from a book to anyone but as I read Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials written by Dave Furman and published by Crossway, I could help sending those messages to my wife. You see my wife suffers from chronic pain and fatigue. Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus has not only taken a toll on her physically, but mentally and spiritually. Dave Furman, pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, suffers from a nerve ailment that leav ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who also experiences chronic pain, I am so thankful to have books like this from brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in the midst of their trials and who choose to speak from it.
I have to admit as I began to read the first chapters I thought it wasn't as I expected as the author was talking about basic truths of the gospel and our faith. And then as I was reading them I realized how much in my pain I needed to be reminded of the solid truths that we can so easily gloss over
Jon Pentecost
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The follow-up to Dave Furman's book on Helping the Hurting, Kiss the Wave provides a brief introduction of the truths of Christ that comforted and still comfort Furman in his own suffering.

The book is full of the wisdom of a brother striving to remind himself of the truth of the gospel in the midst of hardship and discouragement. The moments where his own fight to believe what he knows to be true shines through are the gems of this book (eg, chapter 2!).

The chapters are mercifully brief bites o
Zefanya Wulandari
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion
forever. (Ps. 73:25–26)

The tendency to look at our trials with full of sorrows or even despair is not an unfamiliar reaction.
This book, however, reminds us again of Christ's steadfast love and the purpose of our suffering.
How our suffering is meant to glorify the Lord though it means no lesser pain.
They will still be crushing an
Rebecca Burnsworth
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
God can put us in some unordinary circumstances. We can feel pain, grieving, and sadness. In this book, “Kiss the Wave” by Dave Furman, you will learn just a few experiences the author faced in his life and how God was able to help pull him through. You will also learn of some stories he heard and how he was able to apply God’s Word to those stories. Now I can say that some of these stories may be a little extreme and may leave you breathless. However, this book does show how you are able to go ...more
Lisa Miller
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought Furman was just going to say what every other author says on suffering. He laid those same foundations, which are the same because they are true. Then he gave me a few sweet nuggets. Each of us is in different places in our journey. Some will need the basic truths. Some will need the whole book. Furman writes from experience.
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Dave Furman (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which he planted in 2010. Dave and his wife, Gloria, have four children. ...more

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