Big news this week!
Tim Keller’s new book, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, was released on Tuesday. Tim had a couple of interviews on TV and a live web streaming event. There were also some great reviews of his book and blog interviews posted online. I tried to keep up with everything on Twitter, but in case you missed anything this week, I am listing everything here below.
“Looking back on our lives, Kathy and I came to realize that at the heart of why people disbelieve and believe in God, of why people decline and grow in character, of how God becomes less real and more real to us – is suffering. And when we looked to the Bible to understand this deep pattern, we came to see that the great theme of the Bible itself is how God brings fullness of joy not just despite but through suffering, just as Jesus saved us not in spite of but because of what he suffered on the cross. And so there is a peculiar, rich, and poignant joy that seems to come to us only through and in suffering.”
- Timothy Keller, Introduction to Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
In this anticipated book, Timothy Keller – whose trademark style addresses both religious and secular readers – explores one of the most difficult questions in life: Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? And how do we handle it in a way that won’t destroy us, but could actually make us stronger and wiser?
Many books attempt to explain evil and suffering intellectually, while others offer mere inspirational stories. In this book, Keller attempts to unify the complex questions and experiences related to suffering. He explores the philosophical problem of suffering, then the rich biblical teaching on the subject, and finally the actual experience of dealing with suffering in the most practical terms. This will be an indispensable resource to everyone who wants to prepare themselves or others to face the inevitable prospect of pain and suffering.
Watch the Book Trailer here.
20 Quotes by Tony Reinke at Desiring God.
“Tim Keller Wants You to Suffer Well” - Blog interview with Matt Smethurst
“I corresponded with Keller about the wimpishness of Westerners, the bankruptcy of secularism, the usefulness of Judgment Day, the gymnasium of God, and more.” – Matt Smethurst
Book Review: “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering” – by Joni Earekson Tada
“I am flabbergasted and humbled by this review of my suffering book.” – Tim Keller
Audio Interview with Tim Keller and Collin Hansen
“You wouldn’t want someone to hand you this book, because it probably means you’re enduring hardship and suffering. But you need to read this book, preferably before the hardship and suffering inevitably comes.” – Collin Hansen
“The Nature of Pain and Suffering” – Interview with Laura Kim at MSNBC
Tim Keller Book Launch Event Video
FOX News Interview
Morning Joe Interview on MSNBC
You can order the book here – Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
You can also check out some great quotes from the book in my earlier posts this week!