We each face challenges, disappointments, discouragements, and doubts. Often, in the midst of these trials, we're unable to see beyond our immediate pain and confusion to the bigger picture. Sometimes our trials are so life-shattering that we lose sight of our faith.
Adversity is a crucial part of our life on earth. It is not surprising, then, that the scriptures are full of the Lord's counsel on dealing with adversity. From the persecution of the Prophet Joseph Smith to the crucifixion of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the scriptures contain many examples of historic hardship we can learn from. Best-selling author S. Michael Wilcox illuminates these stories, draws out crucial lessons, and helps us apply these lessons to our own lives.
What the Scriptures Teach Us about Adversity helps us remember the light when all around us is darkness. It provides examples that will encourage, enlighten, and sustain us in the midst of the hills and vales we travel through. It uncovers truths that will help us make sense of our suffering and provide the healing hope to which we must cling. By using the scriptures as a guide to dealing with adversity, we gain a better perspective of our own trials, role models that show us how to respond to challenges, and the strength and inspiration to "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope" (2 Nephi 31:20).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Commonality of Adversity
1. Thou Knowest the Greatness of God
2. It Is Finished
3. Under the Juniper Tree
4. Thy Friends Do Stand by Thee
5. Thou Art Not Yet as Job
6. Tears upon the Mountains
7. In the Days When the Judges Ruled
8. Such As I Have
9. Sufficient unto the Day
10. How Many Loaves Have Ye?
11. When Paradise Is Lost
12. The Sword or the Angel
13. That Our Burdens May Be Light
In typical insightful fashion, S.Michael Wilcox has produced a wonderful book to help one rekindle and keep one's Eternal perspective, he points one to the scriptures and shows how they can keep us grounded, strong and grateful through our trials here in mortality.
I've always admired the insight that Brother Wilcox gives to his readers and listeners, and this book really resonated with me. I have suffered through many trials in my life and although I have never asked "Why Me?" I have had my moments where I have cried out for help and thought that I can't possibly go on. I have been strengthened by my Savior and continue to learn valuable lessons. However, this book was an amazing God-send for me. The examples and scriptures used are so emotive..... the knowledge imparted is helpful to anyone who has suffered, is suffering in their life, or more importantly has wanted to help others through their problems.
I didn't think I would ever need a book about how to deal with adversity. I thought I could handle it. Well, this book helped save my life. I didn't know life could get that bad. No friends, bad health, enemies coming out of the woodwork at at home and at work, ward family did not show up. It was just me, my sister and God against a world of attackers. This book helped me see that through long term tribulation, I can still win as I keep my focus on Christ and His great, and mighty powerful Love, for me and my family. I learned that this love has power over enemies as well, even to the point of my deliverance from them. This book is a manual for how to get through your worse spots in life and come out alive and still capable of climbing the ladder to wellness. Thank you! To my enemies...too bad for you.