Inspirational and Christian Living

The Light Shines on in the Darkness

SKU: 9781586179571
Vendor: Ignatius Press
Transforming Suffering through Faith


Author: Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.

Why would an all-loving God allow suffering? Are not suffering and love opposed to one another? Does suffering have any meaning or benefit? Who is God anyway – benevolent and loving or angry and retributive?

Fr. Spitzer gives a comprehensive response, explaining the contemporary evidence for God, the soul, and the resurrection. He discusses how God uses suffering to lead us to compassion for others and eternal life. He also shows how the Holy Spirit guides us through times of suffering toward our salvation, explaining the signs and interior movements that reveal the Spirit's actions.

Fr. Spitzer not only addresses the perplexing questions associated with suffering but he teaches us how to suffer well. He points out some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to interpret God's motives for allowing or alleviating suffering. He demonstrates why suffering – in combination with love – is one of the most powerful motivating agents for personal, cultural, and societal development.

Paperback, 544 pages, 2017, 6 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches