In his book, The Blessing of Adversity, Barry Black brings a much needed perspective to one of the troubling themes of life. Dealing with adversity. Black not only suggests that we can deal successfully with adversity but offers the option that our trials and troubles may very well offer us opportunities to grow stronger.
The strength of the position Black takes in his book is bolstered by an uncompromising confidence in God and His word. He fortifies his views by pointing to countless examples of people in the Bible. He cites the examples of David, Job and Jesus, to mention a few, who leaned on God in the midst of trial and trouble.
Barry Black has served as chaplain of the U.S. Senate since 2003. Prior to that he served as chief of Navy chaplains as a two-star admiral. His professional associations and experiences also serve as a source of many life-centered illustrations of how others have used their spiritual perspectives to overcome, transcend and out-distance their challenges.
This is no mere “when life deals you lemons, make lemonade” solution. Black speaks with candor and honesty about how hurts and wounds sometime leaves scars. He doesn’t sidestep the harsh reality that life can leave you bruised and beaten up at times. What he does offer is an honest, realistic look at the struggles we experience and offers clear attainable action steps toward overcoming adversity.
At the end of each chapter he provides action steps for review and to assist the reader in making positive changes. In Chapter 8, titled, Win By Waiting, his action plan is:
– Wait for God
– Trust God’s providence
– Refuse to murmur and complain
– Remember what God has already done
– Believe God can do the impossible
– Lean on faith, not on works
I recommend this book. It will have an instant impact on how you view your life. I assure you that you will glean insights, encouragement and inspiration to live life as God intended.