People who are acquainted with suffering and disability have struggled with issues of justice,
equality, and the right to life. In our search for validation, peace of mind, and a purpose for living,
where can we find a firm foundation?
The answer is the Word of God. In the character of God, we find justice and equality, discover
our purpose, and begin to understand the true value of life. If we are to fully grasp what suffering
is, and what we must do with it, we must spend time digging into Scripture.
It’s the journey I began after my 1967 diving accident. When I learned that my quadriplegia
was permanent, I sank into a deep depression that evolved into suicidal despair. I would stay in bed,
telling my sister to turn out the lights and shut my bedroom door. But I found I could not live with
such hopelessness, and finally cried out, “Oh, God, if I cannot die, then please show me how to live!”
The next morning, I decided to get out of bed and face life. My sister pushed my wheelchair
under a music stand on which she set my Bible. Clenching a mouth stick between my teeth, I began
turning the pages of God’s Word. Although I knew the Bible contained answers, I wasn’t sure where
to begin to look. Thankfully, God brought Christian friends alongside me to help me discover living
Bread for my hungry soul. For years, I’ve longed to help people who struggle as I once did and
come alongside them to provide guidance.
This is why I am so excited about the Beyond Suffering Bible. It is designed to help
the reader—especially those affected by disability—grasp the goodness of God amidst critical
questions about suffering. Through profiles, devotionals, and connection notes, this edition of
God’s Word delves into doctrines of his sovereignty, our salvation, heaven, and hell. The Beyond
Suffering Bible also explores questions about healing—why does God heal some and not
others? What about sensitive ethical issues relating to disability, such as stem cell research and
so-called death with dignity? How can the church learn to embrace special-needs families and
equip more people with disabilities in leadership roles?
Most of all, the Beyond Suffering Bible exalts God as preeminent and supreme over every disease
and disability. It showcases the righteousness and mercy of God on behalf of those who struggle
under the weight of disability, poverty, and injustice. It will help you go beyond suffering so you, too,
can say, “My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees” (Psalm 119:71).
While we may wish we could simply erase “suffering” from the dictionary, God has a plan in it,
for it, and through it. My prayer is that God will use this Bible to not only change a person’s perspective
on their disability, but change their family. . .their community. . .and finally, the culture.
– JONI EARECKSON TADA
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