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Book Review ~ Called To Suffer by Patricia Stuart

About the Book

Pat's Book“All alone, abandoned, rejected, neglected and abused, I was ready to give up on life. Becoming a Christian did not end my suffering and pain. Where is God and why isn’t He doing something to help me, I wondered? Wasn’t it enough that I had turned to Him? What I didn’t know was that God had a marvelous plan attached to all of my suffering.”
This is the true life story and testimony of Patricia Stuart.
She shares God’s Grace and Mercy that covered her and rescued her when there was no hope!

Genre

Christian/Non-fiction/Self help/memoir

My Rating

4.5 out of 5 (stars)

My Review

A major part of my calling involves books. So naturally, one of the ways God exposes a truth to me, or confirms one He’s teaching me, is to prepare an author who will tell it in such an awesome way that I can’t miss it. (I wrote all about this kind of experience in a post I titled, Why I Believe In Christian Fiction.)

This book did just that!

I honestly had no idea what to expect, and the title made me a little nervous at first. But I’m so glad I read this book! One of the first things I realized as I read along was that, there are so many books out there that speak about the blessings of God in joyful times/settings, and I’ve seen/read a good number of them. Rarely do you find those with a teaching that suggests/exposes the possibility of full joy while suffering for God. I will say this: I cannot fully express the value of the treasures in this book. The teachings are prepared in a way that it can be given to the general public, but at the same time, absolutely personal to each individual. I wish I could explain it better than that.

This book will make you realize that everything that ever happened to you—good, bad, or ugly—hasn’t gone unnoticed by God, but that the ones He allowed, even the bad/ugly, He will use to prepare you for a greater purpose. And when this purpose is realized, you will see/sense and gain deep understanding of the reasons for a lot of your sufferings. Not only that, there’s justice, recompense, comfort, and peace for every single wrong ever done to you, even though it may take a while—one of the blessings being that you will witness them. Maybe not in the way you anticipated, but you will. For the ones that you don’t, you will receive a peace and comfort about it. But you must first forgive.

Also, every single shed tear doesn’t fall to the ground. God catches it and records it! Prior to this book, I had no idea that there was a verse like that in the Bible (Psalm 56:8). It truly is comforting to have discovered it!

Finally, in knowing that you’re not alone in suffering, but that there’s a universal fellowship of saints going through their unique situations/persecutions, you suddenly understand why Scripture instructs us to pray for saints all over the world. The quiet nudges you hear in the depths of your heart every once in a while, leading you to pray for those you don’t know, suddenly make a lot of sense—I felt that way! And it’s quite comforting and reassuring to know you are being prayed for, even by people who don’t know you. At the end of this book, you’ll walk away feeling encouraged, enlightened, full of courage, and with a better sense of direction and understanding of your purpose. And for the things you don’t understand about your life yet, you’ll have blossoming hope that sooner or later, it will not only make sense, but will have great meaning in the near future that will edify you, bless others, and glorify God. This book is a truly heartfelt and beautiful read.

The author told her stories according to the lessons she wanted to present in each chapter, and not in a chronological order. It may appear confusing at first, but if you follow through to the end, the pieces will eventually come neatly together.

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*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to the author for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

Patricia Stuart is a native NeIMG_9408w Yorker whose passion for writing began many years ago when she began creating her own journals for writing while in Elementary school.

She uses her writing to inform, encourage, teach and to inspire others. Patricia’s style of writing makes you feel as if she is right in your living room holding a personal conversation with you.

Find Patricia here!

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