I hesitate in how to begin telling you about an excellent book I have just read. Not because it is difficult to write about its moving, practical, and hard-to-put-down content, but rather because it is about a subject that we don’t like to talk, think about, or face. Yet so many countless do. It’s the subject of helping the hurting – the suffering – those dealing with physical and emotional pain.
Now before you run the other way, as my tendency would be when hearing about a subject that I’d prefer to avoid, I want you to know, that by the grace of God, I am not currently experiencing suffering, nor am I in the process of caring for someone who is. And that is why I was absolutely amazed at how this book touched me, and how I learned infinitely more than I ever thought I would – about people, about being there, about myself.
Grieving Your Loss in Another’s Pain
From the very first chapter, you will be pierced. Challenged to look at how you have sacrificed and had to give up on so much for the sake of others. This is primarily guided towards those living with and/or caring for the hurting, but do you know what?! I found myself grieving as I read Dave Furman’s words. Grieving at the sacrifices I hadn’t even realized I was making in living in a marriage with a man who is so different from myself. And my husband would no doubt agree that he has had to make many painful sacrifices to live with a woman his opposite, and a great sinner to boot! So while this first chapter would be invaluable to those caring for the hurting, it will affect any reader deeply. Just this chapter alone was worth the price of the book!
Being There: How To Love Those Who Are Hurting
This book is beautifully and clearly written from beginning to end. It has the feel of the author speaking to you personally and directly, yet after each stint of reading, as I did, I believe you will feel as though you just put down a stunning devotional teaching. So gently does it weave the Lord’s truths into the way we are to treat one another, serve one another, befriend one another, pray for one another, and share with one another, that it fills the heart with hope and understanding of God’s very ways. And if knowing how to “be there” isn’t enough, Furman also has an excellent chapter on what not to do! Wow! Good stuff…Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting GIVEAWAY!!! Click To Tweet
Support, Encouragement, and Wisdom
Writing out of his own experience of needing care on a daily basis, Dave Furman offers support, encouragement, and wisdom for those called to care for others in need. Whether they are suffering from sickness, disability, depression, or grief, he equips us to effectively care for the hurting and points us to the strength that God provides.
Yes, this is a book for many out there who know the pain of suffering themselves… and who have and continue to care for those who hurt, but my heart is to tell you that no matter where the Lord has you in your life at this very moment in time, Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting is a book that will be a treasure in your hands and on your shelf! One that I believe every believer should read, since each of us lives in a world where we will one day, in some way, be affected, and/or have the opportunity to care for those who are suffering.
I will be referring to this book often in the months and years to come. Because “Being There” for one another is at the core of our faith, at the root of Jesus’ teaching, and is the lifeblood of each and every relationship that He brings into our lives.
You Could Win One of 3 Copies of Being There!
Incidentally, Dave Furman is the husband of author Gloria Furman whom you may remember from a recent giveaway on the blog – Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God
I am absolutely delighted and honoured that the publisher of Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting, Crossway, have most generously offered to give away 3 copies of Dave’s book to three precious Women Abiding readers!