Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering
Everyone suffers at some time or other - it's simply a part of life. But however bad things seem, we are never completely helpless. For the deeply affirming truth is that we can choose how to respond to adverse circumstances....
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Everyone suffers at some time or other - it's simply a part of life. But however bad things seem, we are never completely helpless. For the deeply affirming truth is that we can choose how to respond to adverse circumstances. Trystan Owain Hughes suggests that learning how to suffer and how to wait patiently may be the secret of finding joy in our lives. Diagnosed with a degenerative spinal condition, he was surprised to discover that, instead of increasing his unhappiness, it spurred him on to seek out sources of hope and meaning. The book opens by encouraging us to take a step back from our anxieties and worries and rest in the love of God. We then explore five areas where that love may be found in the midst of pain: in nature, memory, art, laughter and other people. By becoming conscious of the echoes of the transcendent in these areas, we will gain new strength. And paradoxically, through facing our suffering, learn to truly live.
Trystan Owain Hughes is the Anglican Chaplain of Cardiff University, having been Head of Theology in Trinity St David's University, Carmarthen. He also leads retreats and quiet days and is a regular voice on BBC Radio 4's 'Prayer for the Day' and Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought'. Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering (SPCK, 2010), his most recent book, was the Archbishop of Wales's 2011 Lent Book. Trystan is an active user of Facebook and Twitter.