A Thorn in the Flesh
What is a 'thorn'? Pablo Martinez knows all too well first-hand. For more than twenty-five years he has suffered with a rare eye disease. Others have experienced traumatic loss, too terrible for words. Pablo meets these people all the time...
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What is a 'thorn'? Pablo Martinez knows all too well first-hand. For more than twenty-five years he has suffered with a rare eye disease. Others have experienced traumatic loss, too terrible for words. Pablo meets these people all the time through his work. Pablo identifies five traits of a thorn. It is:
Something to fight against
In the New Testament, Paul shared his experience of a thorn (2 Corinthians 12:7–10). God chose not to remove it in spite of his pleading. In the context of our salvation, Jesus suffered more than any person has ever suffered. God's identification with human tragedy is perfectly expressed in the name Emmanuel: God with us. Humbly and wisely, Pablo guides us beyond the 'why' of suffering to a place of hope.
'Pablo Martinez truly understands the pain that accompanies a thorn in the flesh, and he writes with clarity, conviction and Godly wisdom. If you are looking for a way out of discouragement or even despair connected with an affliction in your own life, this short, but insightful book will open the door toward a new path of hope and practical help. I highly recommend it!'
Joni Eareckson Tada
Pablo Martinez is a Spanish evangelical church leader, psychiatrist, speaker, and author of Prayer Life: how our personality effects the way we pray, A Thorn in the Flesh: finding strength and hope amid suffering and Beyond the Rainbow. He is also President of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance and Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary.