For many of us, the natural instinct when suffering is to say, “Why me?” Suffering so often feels like an aberration from normal, from what we expect, even from what we think we deserve. Despite the inevitability of trials in this fallen world, rarely do we respond, “Why not me?”

Veneetha Rendall Risner has dealt with more than her share of trials, which she recounts in her new book, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption (Nelson Books). She opens up her thought process for a raw look at the emotional and spiritual wrestling of suffering. She writes:

When I was younger, I thought I understood the way God operated. I believed that God gives each of us some suffering, but that if we love Christ, the suffering will never be too great or for too long. My view of faith was transactional: I’d been good, and so God owed me a good life.

Vaneetha joined me on Gospelbound to discuss anger toward God and the reason for suffering, among other sensitive matters.

Editors’ note: 

This episode of Gospelbound is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of Being the Bad Guy by Stephen McAlpine. The church used to be recognized as a force for good, but this is changing rapidly. Author Stephen McAlpine offers an analysis of how our culture ended up this way and encourages Christians not to be ashamed of the gospel as it is more liberating, fulfilling and joyful than anything the world has to offer. More information at thegoodbook.com.