Those who are suffering often feel so alone. Who can really understand the pain, confusion, and anguish? The ten stories in this book will bring comfort and guidance to those whose hearts are broken and whose bodies are hurt.
Samples of the stories include:
* August 1, 1996. That date, indelibly carved in my memory, divides my life in two: before Tim's and Jenni's deaths and after. It is the day my life was change forever.
* You see, I spent nearly two and a half years in jail -- but I was innocent.
* . . . it was time to stand before the grave. I prayed God would give me the courage I needed to face the name of the person who had injured me so deeply.
* You could say, then, that I grew up with headaches as part of the daily fabric of existence. Perhaps because of this, I have trouble recollecting both the onset of migraines in my own head and my reaction to this visitation.
* . . . we now believe that the police already suspected that a little girl had been kidnapped and murdered.
* To feel rejected, unwanted, and "different" is a suffering that takes deep root in the human heart. It affected my entire life and, for many years, my relationship with God.
* As Brad stepped into the street, a car going forty-five miles an hour in a twenty-mile-an-hour zone hit him. The young man driving the car had reportedly been late for work.
* Four months before this fateful night, at the age of thirty-eight, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Our family of five, including three small children, was on the verge of bankruptcy. My husband, David, in the throes of his drug addiction, was battling for his life.
* As fear threatened, I reminded myself that this was just another set of treatments. Vomiting, headaches, and nausea wouldn't kill me: It was just pain.
* . . . I would spend nearly a year and a half in the brain injury unit, including the five months as an inpatient. The glamorous, fast-paced life of Joan Ulicny, the girl from Pittsburgh who fought hard and "wowed" them at IBM, had ended.
* . . . an academic study of suffering can only go so far. Suffering cannot be completely taught in the objective; suffering is a vocation, a calling that can only be truly understood in the school of suffering.
The ten stories in this book will bring comfort and guidance to those whose hearts are broken and whose bodies are hurt.