I decided to go against my regular posting pattern and bring this book review to you. Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials by Dave Furman was published at the end of January and if it is not yet on your reading list, I highly recommend adding it there.
“What does it mean to “kiss the wave?” These words, attributed to nineteenth-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, speak to the Christian’s only hope for perseverance in suffering. What if we can learn to experience the nearness of God in the midst of suffering? What if God intends to work through our trials rather than simply take them away?”
In his book, Dave Furman takes the reader on the journey of embracing God in your trial. As someone who has lived with a debilitating nerve condition in both arms for more than a decade, Dave Furman knows suffering and pain. He knows what it is like to feel limited, to feel like less than enough. To this day, he cannot play everything he wants with his children and meeting new people is hard because of the pain in his arms. He knows what it is like to question God in the midst of suffering.
“Our view of God’s ways is like looking at the ocean from the beach: there’s more of the ocean that you do not see than what you do see. Likewise, there is more to your trial than meets the eye, but it is hard to remember that when we misunderstand or misbelieve who Jesus is.”
When I stumbled upon this book, I was intrigued. Suffering is a common theme in our Christian walks. I have read a lot on suffering and its meaning in the life of a Christian as well. However, Kiss the Wave turned out to be a lot better than I expected. It is beautifully written. Better yet, it contains the beautiful truth of God’s Word and His purposes for us. I could not put this book down once I started reading it, for all that it contained. The way Dave Furman approached suffering was honest and real. Still in every page of the book, he offered hope. I loved it.
Friend, if you are going through a trial or a season of suffering. Or if you know a friend who is going through a trial right now. This is the book to read. These pages are woven with truth and hope, and it is all done beautifully. We can experience the closeness of God in our trials. We just need to have the right attitude.
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I received a free copy of this book through Crossway’s Blog Review Program. All the opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.