Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 16, 2011

‘Sifted’ an explanation of pain and suffering

Have you been beaten down by overwhelming circumstances?  Are you dissatisfied with the pat answers and clichés many pastors use and the insensitive responses of others? Using Luke 22:31-32, “Sifted” is a biblical response to one of life’s toughest questions.  Rick Lawrence points us to a God who allows us to be sifted so that we can be transformed into the person God intended us to be.

Lawrence puts a different perspective on the topic of pain and suffering and why God allows His people to go through tough and pain-filled times.  Instead of the clichés many pastors and writers dole out about why God allows bad things to happen to good people, Lawrence takes us on a journey into God’s heart as He allows Peter to be “sifted like wheat” and the beauty of Peter’s redemption.  Lawrence will change the way you view your own experiences and will open up a way to appreciate the pain God allows you to suffer.  The explanation and reasoning won’t make your suffering easier, but it will challenge you to open up to everything you go through in this life.


Lawrence proves that there are no pat answers to God’s role in our hard times.  Not a stranger to pain and suffering, he allows us to see honest reactions to his own trials and shows how God’s love shines through the sifting process.


Rick Lawrence is the editor of GROUP Magazine and the co-leader of The Simply Youth Ministry Resource.  He has authored hundreds of magazine articles and the author, co-author or editor of 31 books.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B&B Media Group, Inc. as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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