The Blessing of Adversity: Finding Your God-Given Purpose in Life's Troubles

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011 - Religion - 242 pages
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Most people see trouble as something negative and seek to avoid it whenever possible. But what if it’s those troubles that actually lead to greater blessing and purpose? In The Blessing of Adversity, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate distills the wisdom gained from thirty years as a counselor, theologian, and psychologist. Barry Black offers a blueprint for removing the sting of life’s trials, showing us how to let God use our pain for his glory by blessing others—and how that can actually help heal our own pain. Drawing on Scripture and his own experiences as a counselor and chaplain to some of the most powerful people in the world, Black teaches us how to deal with seasons of God’s apparent silence, offers techniques for staying encouraged in the middle of life’s storms, and shows how to find advantages in adversity.

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User Review  - Glory -

This is one of the best helps I have read. I particularly like the action summary at the end of each chapter. I will refer back to this many times in the future and have already recommended it to others Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Paradise - Goodreads

Thank you, Dr. Black, for inspiring me while I'm laid up with an injury for a couple weeks. A few major themes I picked up were: having positive people around you is vital to persevering through trials, and expecting difficulty in life can make us rely on God's power at all times. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Barry C. Black is the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. He has earned doctorates in philosophy and ministry. Commissioned in 1976 as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Black retired after a nearly thirty-year military career, serving as Navy Chief of Chaplains in his last position.

Black is a popular lecturer and preacher in the U.S., England, and other parts of the world. He and his wife, Brenda, have three sons, Barry II, Brendan, and Bradford.

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