Joy in the Sorrow (ebook)

Joy in the Sorrow ebook

How a Thriving Church (and its Pastor) Learned to Suffer Well

A moving, compelling, hope-filled book that will bolster your faith in times of trial.

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We all wonder how we will cope in times of terrible suffering, and how we can best support others who are suffering. And we all ask the question: how does suffering square with God’s character and purpose?

As a young pastor, Matt Chandler knew he needed to learn how to help hurting people. He studied the Scriptures, and he learned from people at the Village Church who remained joyful in their suffering. And then suddenly he was having to live what he'd learned.

This is the moving story of Matt's battle with a potentially fatal brain tumor. But it's also the stories of those who taught him, and teach him, how to walk with joy in sorrow.

This book will make you cry, laugh, and worship God. And you will see how you can live with joy when times of sorrow come, and how you can support others going through tough times.

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  • 1. I Had No Answers
  • 2. Beauty in the Ripples
  • 3. Treasure Veiled in Heartache
  • 4. We Named Her Kate
  • 5. I Know, I Understand, I'm Here
  • 6. Clinging to Life
  • 7. Beating on Our Father's Chest
  • 8. No Need to Be Afraid
  • 9. More Broken and Much Brighter
  • 10. Somehow, This Is Enough
  • 11. He Wept With Me
  • 12. The Spirit's Surgery


Author Matt Chandler
ISBN 9781784984540
Format Digital Download
First published September 2019
Language English
Pages 240
Publisher The Good Book Company

An incredible, personal, insightful journey led by one of my favorite teachers, Matt Chandler, as he and some of his friends share lessons brought to them by that greatest of all teachers in the Christian life—suffering. Martin Luther said that suffering, combined with prayer and meditation, is God’s instrument to turn us into faithful theologians. You’ll see that in this book, and you’ll be changed yourself for the reading. Likely, you’ll find yourself recommending it to someone even before you’re finished.

J.D. Greear

President, The Southern Baptist Convention

Theologically rich. Profoundly God-centered. Unflinchingly honest. Joy in the Sorrow is a deeply moving account of how unexpected suffering undergirded by faith in Christ leads to joy and hope. I will carry these people, their stories, and their extraordinary joy with me for a long time; they have changed me. Buy this book, read it, and give it to those you love who are suffering.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author, The Scars That Have Shaped Me

How does one face suffering with faith? Where do we quarry the resolve and courage? Is God good, even when the circumstances are not? Matt Chandler has wrestled with these questions. He addresses them with wisdom, love, and balance. This is a welcome book for all who suffer.

Max Lucado

Author, Anxious for Nothing and Unshakable Hope

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