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The Virtues of Suffering
How to Seek God’s Glory in Your Afflictions
by Glendon Watson and Maureen Watson

Everyone suffers, and many people question the goodness of a God who allows such pain and sorrow in His creation. But God intends for our suffering to draw us closer to Him to receive His redemption, as it reveals the weaknesses of our own flesh and the condition of our heart, causing us to cry out to our loving and eternal God. All suffering is a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden, but Jesus gave His life so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He alone can deliver us from suffering and save our souls from hell.

In The Virtues of Suffering…, the trials and pains of this world are acknowledged and embraced for the blessings they bring to the lives of believers. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:17: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Jesus also suffered willingly, knowing the good fruit it would produce: “… who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame …” (Hebrews 12:2).

For both believers and skeptics who are struggling with suffering and loss, and questioning the benevolence of God, The Virtues of Suffering will shine a light of hope and promise as readers lean into the Word of God and His great love for all people.

Glendon Watson is an ordained chaplain and the co-host of At the Cross Live on Yes TV. His wife, Maureen Watson, is a Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice and a certified social worker. Both are both Ph.D. students at Christian Life School of Theology. They have been used by God as ministers for many years and have experienced His transforming, mighty power in their own times of suffering as well as that of others. They have practiced biblical counseling for over twenty years and have acquired deep insight into the heart of God as it relates to suffering. Glendon Watson is also the author of "Demons and Devils: How They Enter" (2015). They live in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada and have one daughter, Latoya, who is a high school student. Glendon’s mother is also part of the household.


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