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This Too Shall Last

By: K.J. Ramsey,Kelly M. Kapic
Narrated by: K.J. Ramsey,Tom Parks
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This audiobook is not a before-and-after story.

Our culture treats suffering like a problem to fix, a blight to hide, or the sad start of a transformation story. We silently, secretly wither under the pressure of living as though suffering is a predicament we can avoid or annihilate by working hard enough or having enough faith. When your prayers for healing haven't been answered, the fog of depression isn't lifting, your marriage is ending in divorce, or grief won't go away, it's easy to feel you've failed God and, worse, he's failed you. If God loves us, why does he allow us to hurt?

Over a decade ago, chronic illness plunged therapist and writer K. J. Ramsey straight into this paradox. Before her illness, faith made sense. But when pain came and never left, K. J. had to find a way across the widening canyon that seemed to separate God's goodness from her excruciating circumstances.

She wanted to conquer suffering. Instead, she encountered the God who chose it. She wanted to make pain past-tense. Instead, God invited her into a bigger story.

This Too Shall Last offers an antidote to our cultural idolatry of effort and ease. Through personal story and insights from neuroscience and theology, Ramsey invites us to let our tears become lenses of the wonder that before God ever rescues us, he stands in solidarity with us. We are all mid-story in circumstances we did not choose, wondering when our hard things will end and where grace will come if they don’t. We don't need to make suffering a before-and-after story. Together we can encounter the grace that enters the middle of our stories, where living with suffering that lingers means receiving God's presence that lasts.

©2020 K.J. Ramsey (P)2020 Zondervan

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Refreshingly honest message about pain and suffering

Church, we need to listen to K.J. She is walking with Jesus in a way only the wounded among us shall know. She’s bringing treasures to us from all the ways light has found her in the darkness. Highly recommend this book.

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When you need hope ...

Regardless of the cause or source of the brokenness or of the pain, the Truth in this book offers much-needed HOPE to not just carry on but to beautifully thrive, blossom and grow. Even in lasting sorrow. I'd hoped for hope. And this book delivered abundantly.

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her commitment to truth in scripture is laudable

this book more ministers than informs. very thankful to have come across it and KJ herself. it's beautiful that we can grow together in Christ even from afar.

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Courage is Repentence

This book will make you feel Love, Hope and Acceptance. Beautifully written and narrated. Thank you KJ for being vulnerable. Your fellowship is exactly what I needed in my time of despair. God's grace is seen.

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Beautiful and rich read

This is my first time reading this beautifully written treatise of pain and suffering in the lives of those who are faithful followers of Jesus. I read it slowly in an effort to absorb the wisdom and to bring heading to my own hurting heart. I will read this again in the future.

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This book is life giving, honest, raw and true.

I never could have imagined a book bringing so much hope and light in the midst of suffering. I am so thankful that KJ wrote this book. We learn where grief meets joy and that it is in our suffering we find holy communion. The reader finds hope in the midst of terrible suffering and pain. It invites us to know Jesus is with us always and in that, we are always held and beloved. A thousand thanks for the gift of this book to my heart.

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This is a beautiful treasure. I cannot say enough to convey its impact on me so I stop here. A beautiful treasure.

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not super original but some good nuggets

2/3 in this book had some really good insight. otherwise, it reads like a journal entry with insights that strike me as really only significant to the author or that are easily found in other works. I don't really recommend it except to maybe others struggling with long term debilitating illness. I am not one of those people, and so I will admit it is probably most impactful to those who share this experience with the author.

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Thankful for framing suffering in hope and grace when living and experiencing suffering. I appreciated the rich reflection on how Jesus is present with us in our suffering.