In college I had a red Bible that I marked up with underlines and circles. I used colored pencils, highlighters, and post-it notes. Sometimes I put the date next to a verse if it impacted me in a significant way, on a certain occasion. I loved that Bible. I knew where to find Scripture in it because I remembered where it was on the page.
Lately, I use my phone because it’s always with me. You can still highlight and take notes on an electronic Bible, but it’s not the same. So when my friends at Tyndale sent me a copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible to review I took that as my cue to start marking up a Bible again. And I love it. Not just interacting with a Bible that way, but the full design of this specific Bible.
The Beyond Suffering Bible
The Beyond Suffering Bible was created in collaboration with Joni and Friends, the Christian Institute on Disability and Tyndale House Publishers. It is full of resources for those suffering, especially those affected by disability. I love the name, Beyond Suffering, because as Joni explains “it will help you go beyond suffering so you, too, can say, ‘My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.'” (Psalm 119:71 NLT)
The hope we have in Christ is different from all other earthly hopes. We know for certain how it will end and we are not alone in the midst of it. This beautiful verse is within the cover pages and it is good for the soul to meditate on:
In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.” – Isaiah 63:9 (NLT)
A life affected by disability is inevitably long-suffering. The way The Beyond Suffering Bible is designed it directs you toward Scripture to sustain you on the long road ahead. It includes: topical devotionals, profiles, articles written by Joni, and reading plans. The Beyond Suffering Bible addresses hard questions. Questions of healing, stem cell research, and so-called death with dignity.
Though this Bible is designed for those affected by disability, there are resources beneficial to people who encounter various types of suffering. Some of the Reading Plans include topics relevant to us all: Comforting Those Who Mourn, Growing Spiritually through Suffering, Healing: A Proper View, and Suffering and Spiritual Formation.
Throughout this Bible you will encounter the biblical response to suffering and the question we all have of whether or not God’s Word is truly sufficient for every need. Ultimately, I believe the reader will begin grasp the goodness of God in the midst of critical questions about suffering. I know I am beginning to.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher to review. I do not promote books that I would not otherwise recommend.
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