Pointing out that it is not the mere presence of suffering but how a Christian reacts to it that determines one's spiritual growth through sorrow and pain, Billheimer warns Christians not to waste their sorrows, but to transform them.
Published almost thirty years ago, this book speaks to every generation of Christian believers, helping them to gain an eternal perspective on life's sometimes painful experiences. Knowing that God has planned for the church to be trained through such circumstances will help readers to accept what they usually go to great lengths to avoid. Billheimer shows clearly that it is not the mere presence of pain in our lives that gives benefit, however. It is in a proper response to it that God is able to mature and prepare His church for her glorious future as the reigning bride of Christ. Christians of all ages learn how the difficulties they encounter in life can work for their good--if they don't "waste" them.