Getting Through The Tough Stuff by Charles R. Swindoll
Reviewed by Amy B
If we are honest with ourselves and others, we all have to admit that we occasionally go through really tough times. It happens in varying degrees and frequency. Not one of us is immune to it, as it is just part of our human nature. I think Satan often tries to use those tough times to break us down and attempt to separate us from God. But those are the times that we need to cling to God even more. He knows of and understands our difficulties and He wants us to come to Him during those times. Not run and hide because we are ashamed, scared or feel inadequate.
"Getting Through The Tough Stuff" addresses fourteen difficult situations or feelings many people have to get through in their lifetime. For some of us, we often repeat the same tough times over and over. The topics covered are temptation, misunderstanding, anxiety, shame, doubt, divorce, remarriage, confrontation, pain, prejudice, hypocrisy, inadequacy, disqualification and death.
Considering recent events, I was drawn especially to the chapter dealing with confrontation. It is a tough pill to swallow, no matter who hands it out; and it isn't fun being the one to hand it out, either. "No one enjoys a strong reproof. But from time to time we really need it, especially when it comes from God or from someone who is not only qualified but also loves us and has our best interest in view. Great good can come from it. In fact, Proverbs 12:18 teaches, `Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored.'"
The big questions during a confrontation are how, when and why, and how to do your best to make sure you are Spirit-led. In answer to the when, Charles Swindoll says, "First, we should confront when people become stumbling blocks to us or others and certainly to the gospel. Second, we should confront when people have their minds set on their own interests, rather than God's. Both are worth confrontation."
As with any other self-help book, as long as you pray and read with discernment, there is a lot of good, solid advice to be found. Although there were a couple personal opinions I wasn't sure I completely agreed with, they were stated as such. For the most part, this book appears to be soundly based on scripture.
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