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Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting

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Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting
By Dave Furman

Dave Furman has written a helpful little book for the church. Being There is just what it sounds like—a how-to manual to care for the hurting. There are two things about this book that are unique. One is the first chapter. Dave’s opening remarks address the suffering experienced by caregivers and others around the sufferer. Too often, the faithful spouses, family members, and friends of those suffering never have their experiences addressed. But that’s precisely where gospel balm can be applied. The book’s second big surprise was the second to last chapter: “Whatever You Do, Don’t Do These Things.” Simply put, this chapter is brilliant. It lists some thoughtless and even hurtful things people commonly do and say to hurting people. Most of these are not new, but it is amazing how often these same bad moves get played.

The local church ought to love suffering people as no one else can. If we really grasp what Jesus endured for us, we should have an increasing capacity to love the troubled. It won’t always be easy, but this book can help you die to self to serve others. If you’re suffering or know a sufferer, buy the book—and give lots of copies away. It will help you and remind you of what is most important as we care for the hurting in our families and churches.

Follow these links to purchase this book on Amazon, Westminster Bookstore, or CBD.

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