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Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher IVP Academic
Publication date June 6, 2017
Pages 192
Binding Paperback
ISBN-13 9780830851799
ISBN-10 0830851798
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
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  • 2018 WORLD Magazine Book of the Year - Accessible Theology
  • 2018 Creative Quarterly Professional Graphic Design Runner-Up
  • Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year Winner - Theology/Ethics
  • Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Top Shelf Book Cover Award 2017
"This book will make no attempt to defend God. . . . If you are looking for a book that boasts triumphantly of conquest over a great enemy, or gives a detached philosophical analysis that neatly solves an absorbing problem, this isn't it." Too often the Christian attitude toward suffering is characterized by a detached academic appeal to God's sovereignty, as if suffering were a game or a math problem. Or maybe we expect that since God is good, everything will just work out all right somehow. But where then is honest lament? Aren't we shortchanging believers of the riches of the Christian teaching about suffering? In Embodied Hope Kelly Kapic invites us to consider the example of our Lord Jesus. Only because Jesus has taken on our embodied existence, suffered alongside us, died, and been raised again can we find any hope from the depths of our own dark valleys of pain. As we look to Jesus, we are invited to participate not only in his sufferings, but also in the church, which calls us out of isolation and into the encouragement and consolation of the communal life of Christ. Drawing on his own family's experience with prolonged physical pain, Kapic reshapes our understanding of suffering into the image of Jesus, and brings us to a renewed understanding of―and participation in―our embodied hope.

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