Sunday, March 12, 2017

And Still She Laughs Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering By Kate Merrick


And Still She Laughs Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering By Kate Merrick 

About:
 Kate Merrick examines the Bible’s gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience losing a child—a journey followed by more than a million on prayfordaisy.com—to reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.
Kate Merrick faced the crippling grief that life can bring when her five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Three and a half years of suffering followed, accompanied by fervent prayer, hospital stays, emotional agony, and teeth-grinding fear. And in the end, her baby girl was gone.
How was Kate to believe again, to hope again? To find out, she turned to stories in the Bible of real women who dealt with pain and survived. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn in the end to laugh without bitterness? How did Bathsheba, defiled by the king who then had her husband killed, come to walk in strength and dignity, to smile without fear of the future?
In And Still She Laughs, Merrick writes poignantly and transparently about finding joy in sorrow and shows how we—just like the ordinary women seen in the Bible—can rise above unbearable circumstances and live fully. In the middle of whatever hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away full—laughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come.
My Thoughts:
When I saw the title "And She Still Laughs, Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering" I knew it was a book I needed to read. As someone going through deep suffering I needed to understand the art and beautify of joy in pain. Suffering isn't fun and in fact, it isn't easy, but God tells us to consider it pure joy, and so I have been wandering trying to find out pure Joy. When Kate's child was diagnosed with cancer and eventually, her daughter passed away, Kate had to discover how to find Joy. She did it by looking into women of the Bible who suffered. It has given me a greater appreciation and knowledge for some of these stories that I did not know existed with this view point. Kate gets to the heart of the issue for most of us when she talks about how most Christians want a blessed life, but we want to skip the pain. We'd rather have a life that is comfortable and safe, rather than one that is hard. In the midst of hard, pain and suffering we can still find humor, joy and trust God. This book isn't for those who just have experienced pain, it's for those who have experienced loss, for those who are going through physical pain, for those who are looking for wisdom or for those are just struggling to stand. This is a book that will remain on my shelf for years and years to come and I will continue to pull out. I give this book 5/5 stars. I was not required to write a positive review. 


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