Gain from Pain: God’s purposes are always good by Janet Goodall
Essential reading for all those who face any kind of suffering and for those who walk beside them.
John Wyatt, emeritus professor of Paediatrics, University College Hospital, London
192 pages | Paperback
RRP: UK: £8.95 | USA: $12.00
Janet Goodall writes after a lifetime of caring for children, parents and siblings who face inexplicable suffering. From their experiences and those of others she sees the extraordinary power of the Christian gospel to bring blessing and newness of life, even from unlikely beginnings.
In this sympathetic book born out of many years’ experience as a consultant paediatrician in the UK and Uganda, Janet Goodall guides us gently on a biblical journey through the landscape of pain, suffering, hope and gain.
At the heart of her exploration is the pain—and gain—of the Cross. Through Jesus' death and resurrection we are offered both the hope of and means to life in all its fulness—beyond, and even in the midst of, our pain. Like precious pearls in God’s gracious hands, great gains can slowly emerge from our present suffering, and with them new insights which can, in time, overﬂow to enrich other lives.
This insightful book, with its resolute focus on the cross of Jesus, will bring in equal measure comfort, challenge, hope and inspiration to those who suffer and to those who minister to the suffering alike.
Dr Janet Goodall is a retired consultant paediatrician at North Staffordshire Hospital Centre and New Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda. A contributor to all editions of The Doctor’s Life Support, she is the author of many articles and several books including The Shepherd is my Lord (CMF: 2007), Children and Grieving (Scripture Union: 2014) and The Doctor’s Life of Faith (CMF: 2014).
In Gain from Pain Janet Goodall has bravely articulated what some of us believe but dare not say lest we are thought to be heartless and insensitive. She has very helpfully drawn on her professional experience and personal faith to say that in the face of pain and suffering God has never left or forsaken us. The message behind the ugly tapestry of Good Friday and the dark and silent Holy Saturday is that Easter Sunday and the resurrection are around the corner. That is where our hope lies. This book may be just what you need to find the help God gives.
Whether you are struggling with pain or trying to comfort others, this book is for you. From years of helping children and their families through illness, disability, dying and bereavement Janet Goodall has built up a wealth of experience and wisdom which she passes on to us.
Janet Goodall is a storyteller with a purpose. She has seen many families find hidden treasure along with their painful experiences. She hopes that the reader will discover this same treasure.