Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering

How Our Heroes in Faith Found Peace Amid Sorrow

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When Ronda Chervin’s son, Charles, ended his own life, he did so believing that it is pointless to endure inevitable suffering.

In the wake of Charles’s death, Dr. Chervin set out to discover some of the most basic — but all too often misunderstood — answers to why God allows us to suffer, and how we can bear it with perseverance and hope.

She shares her discoveries in these pages, helping you understand that while there is no escape from pain, pain itself is the road into the heart of Christ where peace can be found.

You’ll be given encouragement and practical advice as you explore afflictions such as failure, fear, frustration, loneliness, loss, marital problems, physical pain, fatigue, and temptation.

Dr. Chervin explains each affliction in detail and offers reflections on the lives of saints who suffered from the very same cross. Throughout each chapter you’re given practical suggestions on how you can meet Christ in your particular pain.

You’ll draw wisdom from the lives and writings of saints who were addicted, depressed, exhausted, raped, and unhappily married. And among these saints, you’ll discover within their responses a pattern that you can ponder and imitate.

Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering will bring courage and hope that in Christ and in communion with his saints, you can — and will — triumph over every kind of adversity.

You’ll also learn:

  • How you can overcome the pain associated with loneliness and isolation.
  • Five ways to overcome doubts about the Faith.
  • Four steps to liberation from the suffering of indecision.
  • Five ways to meet Christ in the suffering of exploitation.
  • What St. Benedict teaches us about failure – and how it changed the world.
  • How to cope with failure and poverty.
  • Five ways you can transform fear into trust in Christ.
  • How you can turn frustrations and anger into a Christian spirit.
  • How you can respond in a holy way to marital discord, demanding spouses, physical abuse, psychological abuse, abandonment, and rage.
  • Four ways you can turn to Christ in times of temptation.

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  • Pages: 256
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622823-031
  • Product Code: 3031
  • Availability: In Stock
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Interesting & Unusual Perspectives on Suffering
An unusual approach to understanding suffering in this life and relating to the different saints who suffered greatly in all different ways. Some of the stories have stayed with me - not that I believe I can be like one of them, but it's always something to remember & aspire to. Dr. Chervin is very relatable and has experienced plenty of her own suffering.
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I actually starting sleeping better at night
I actually starting sleeping better at night; if the saints could do it, live through it, be stronger because of it, I decided I will get through it all too and teach the next generations how to live it.
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Gritty book on suffering.
Ms. Chervin's book is compelling and powerful. To read the agonizing struggles of the saints, it's a healing balm. She shows how to meet Christ in all types of suffering and great sorrow. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Very helpful in showing how suffering can bring joy and be redemptive.
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Your suffering is packed with meaning!
With spiritual precision, the author provides the reader with a spiritual powerhouse packed with relatable tips from the lives of the saints.
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