Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Review: Torn by Jud Wilhite

Torn is a book that opens up people’s minds to understand more about suffering and other topics related to suffering. It teaches people how to process their suffering better by starting with the question “why?” (Why are we suffering?), then moving onto the question “who?” (Who can we trust to talk to about our suffering?), and then finally to the question “how?” (How do we move on from here?). Biblical examples such as Job’s story are shared as examples of suffering. Other topics include forgiveness, depression, and grief. Something important that is stressed in this book is that we should share our struggles with others, which is why a study guide is enclosed for group reflection, although it is explained that people can probably benefit from reading this book individually as well.

I like that the book’s name is “Torn” because people sometimes probably feel torn up inside instead of “shattered” or “broken”. It seemed like this book is a compilation of some topics that I have learned about in other books, which is good because it refreshed my thinking in these areas. I also like how it was explained that God might be using depression in some people’s lives to prepare them for a greater blessing. I agree that this book would probably benefit people better if they used it within discussion groups (maybe even gender-specific groups) because it would most likely make the sharing of struggles with others real.

I recommend this book to anybody that wants to learn about the topics of suffering and grief in a Biblical sense and for people who want to refresh their learning in these areas.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Preview Chapter 1 Here:


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