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The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry
<p><strong> 2008 Christianity Today Book Award</strong> Winner</p> <p>Joy and pain are both aspects of the call of God for the Christian. The Bible even presents pain as a trigger for joy. <cite>The Call to Joy and Pain</cite> explores how this is so, showing the connection between rejoicing and suffering, how suffering draws us nearer to God, and how suffering makes us more effective in service.</p> <p>Ministerial veteran Ajith Fernando combines biblical exposition, keen pastoral insight, and cross-cultural wisdom in his writing. He opens readers' eyes to a truth they may already suspect: we in the West have much to learn about suffering.</p> <p>By examining Paul's words on the subject of suffering for Christ from Colossians 1:24-29, Fernando thoughtfully explains how suffering can be a blessing to the individual Christian and to the church as a whole. His book will help Christians joyfully embrace the life of service and total devotion to Jesus, despite the pain it entails.</p>