Monday, April 4, 2011

The Blessing Of Adversity

"The Blessing Of Adversity" may seem like an oxymoron to many, but this excellent book by Barry C. Black proves that it is the trials we endure that makes us stronger when we trust in God. Speaking from many familiar stories we know from the Bible, coupled with his own background of rising from poverty to a position of power and prestige, this is certainly not a superficial tale of one who does not understand feelings of hopelessness and despair. Many examples are highlighted of the ways God has used hardships in life to strengthen His people. These are people who underwent suffering and emerged triumphant not in spite of  their struggles, but because of these trials. This book was written by a man that has gained both wisdom and compassion and gives advice that provides hope, encouragement, and practical advice. Instead of just wallowing in misery, he tells the reader to use these experiences to grow stronger and to find the advantages of your situation.

Barry C. Black (From The Hood To The Hill: A Story Of Overcoming) went from poverty and public housing to a distinguished career as a chaplain of the US Senate and retiring from the US Navy with the rank of two-star admiral. He is certainly a man who knows what he is speaking about and has penned a book that brings hope to others who are suffering. I often find myself rolling my eyes while reading books by people who have observed hardship, but are actually clueless on how it feels to go through trials and tribulations. Not only does Rear Admiral Black know how it feels to live without the little luxuries some take for granted, but also has experienced doing without the necessities. My favorite part of each chapter is his "action plan" that reinforces what he has said with a practical application of faith. My thoughts went to 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~ "We walk by faith, not sight." and the knowledge that faith is not only passive, but also requires action. That verse can literally mean putting feet to your faith and stepping out to use the trials God is allowing you to undergo as He leads you in your journey Home.

In compliance with new regulations by the Federal Trade Commission: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. However, it was not required that I write a favorable review.

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