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when the bottom drops out… a discerning work on suffering

27/10/2011

Thank you to to the christianaudio Reviewers Program for the opportunity to review this audio book.

When the Bottom Drops Out chronicles Pastor Rob Bugh’s journey from loss to restoration and shows readers how to find and hold tightly to Christ through even the most painful episodes of life. Bugh’s story is proof positive that while pain and disappointment are an unavoidable part of life, God is nonetheless faithful, holding us close at all times and in all circumstances.’

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.  Philippians 1:29-30 http://www.esvapi.org/assets/play.swf?myUrl=hw%2F50001029-50001030(ESV)

As a biblical counselor, I encounter suffering in most of the discipleship opportunities that God brings into my life.  Therefore, I am always on the lookout for good resources for disciplee’s and have used Suffering:  Eternity makes a difference, How long O’Lord?  Reflections on Suffering and Eternity, When God Weeps, and When…dies booklets. I have never had a resource however for those of us who encounter suffering regularly and how to console those who are.  Pastor’ Bugh’s book is an excellent resource for this, especially the last three chapters.  My favorites was the chapter on ‘Christian platitudes’ – what NOT to say to someone suffering, and of course the chapter on the scripture references.

This was a quite interesting book and the narrator did not take away from the resource at all.  This audio did challenge, inspire, and enlighten me to be reminded not to give bible verse Band-Aids or to assume that I know the suffering that folks may be going through.  This was a sobering reminder and one that I think many of us need to be reminded of.  The author made me think before I assume anything.  Pastor Bugh did a great job in holding my attention and I was deeply touched by the letter from his deceased wife to him (she passed away after 6-months with cancer) and caused me to to consider how thankful I was for my wife and the giftWhen the Bottom Drops Out and kindness she is to me and how I have not told her that in a while.  The topic of suffering was presented in a cohesive, yet appealing manner.  I appreciated the references to the other authors like Piper and Alcorn that the author mentioned as well.  I though the author did a great job in successfully conveying Biblical truth on the topic of suffering.  I would recommend this work first to consolers and then to those that have lost a friend or a spouse.  Thank you for reminding me of this text from the bible:

God of All Comfort

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 http://www.esvapi.org/assets/play.swf?myUrl=hw%2F47001003-47001011(ESV)

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  1. 28/10/2011 at 03:14

    thank you for the back link!!!

  1. 27/10/2011 at 21:22
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