Shaped by Suffering

Shaped by Suffering

How Temporary Hardships Prepare Us for Our Eternal Home

by Kenneth Boa
With Jenny Abel

Shaped by Suffering
  • Length: 256 pages
  • Published: February 04, 2020
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4592-7
  • Item Code: 4592
  • Case Quantity: 48

"The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10

Suffering comes to us all. It may be disease or debilitation, pain or persecution. Our difficulties may be invisible to others or impossible to hide. Sometimes we suffer because of our Christian witness. Other times it's simply part of living in a fallen world. But suffering affects us all, in ways we don't always anticipate.

Christians today are often not prepared to suffer well and have a short-sighted view of pain and trials. Ken Boa shows how God uses suffering to shape his children for eternity and to grow them in Christlike character. The book of 1 Peter tells us suffering is both a guarantee and comparatively brief; we shouldn't be surprised when it comes to us. The nature of our affliction is not as important as our response to it. God is at work through our hardships and wants to use them to prepare us for eternal life.

Suffering can make us bitter or better. Rediscover living hope, present joy, and a glorious future.


1. The Crucible of Suffering
2. The Alchemy of Grace
3. A Living Hope
4. A Present Joy
5. Preparing to Suffer
6. Imitating Christ
7. Submitting to God
8. Submitting to Authority
9. Ministering to Others
10. An Eternal Glory
11. A Clear Calling
Study Guide
Appendix 1: How Can a Good God Allow Evil and Suffering? (A Brief Theodicy)
Appendix 2: Ten Intercessory Prayer Tips
Appendix 3: Powerful Prayers for Yourself and Others
Appendix 4: Psalms of Lament
Appendix 5: Verses for an Eternal Perspective on Suffering


Kenneth Boa is an author, a speaker, and the president of Reflections Ministries, Omnibus Media Ministries, and Trinity House Publishers. He is the author of over fifty books, including Conformed to His Image, Faith Has Its Reasons, Rewriting Your Broken Story, and Life in the Presence of God. He is a contributing editor to the Open Bible, the Promise Keepers Men's Study Bible, and the Leadership Bible, and is the consulting editor of the Zondervan NASB Study Bible.

Boa earned a BS from Case Institute of Technology, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a PhD from New York University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He teaches a weekly Bible and faith study at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he resides with his wife.

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