• Suffering Is Never for Nothing

  • By: Elisabeth Elliott
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (399 ratings)

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Hard times come for all in life, with no real explanation. When we walk through suffering, it has the potential to devastate and destroy, or to be the gateway to gratitude and joy. 

Elisabeth Elliot was no stranger to suffering. Her first husband, Jim, was murdered by the Waoroni people in Ecuador moments after he arrived in hopes of sharing the gospel. Her second husband was lost to cancer. Yet, it was in her deepest suffering that she learned the deepest lessons about God. 

Why doesn’t God do something about suffering? He has, He did, He is, and He will. 

Suffering and love are inexplicably linked, as God’s love for His people is evidenced in His sending Jesus to carry our sins, griefs, and sufferings on the cross, sacrificially taking what was not His on Himself so that we would not be required to carry it. He has walked the ultimate path of suffering, and He has won victory on our behalf. 

This truth led Elisabeth to say, “Whatever is in the cup that God is offering to me, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief along with the many more joys, I’m willing to take it because I trust Him.” 

Because suffering is never for nothing.

©2019 eChristian (P)2019 eChristian

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inspiring. real.

Elisabeth Elliott was an amazing woman. I was so surprised at her humility and transparency. she gives me hope. there is a purpose in our pain. while I know the narrator is an award winner, I did not care for her voice at all. took quite awhile to get used to it enough to focus solely on the content.

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So Encouraging

This book was such a blessing! It felt like you were sitting in the audience with her. Elisabeth Elliot went through so much yet she truly had the right perspective in life that it was all nothing compared with the glory which shall be revealed. If you are in the midst of any type of suffering or season of discouragement, I highly recommend this book. I listened to it on the way to and from work and it was such an encouragement to me!

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Suffering is never for nothing

Wisdom from Mrs. Elliott about the purpose and ways God uses suffering to make us more like Christ. A treasure from a life well lived and full of some of the most terrible suffering I could imagine and yet, the humility and confidence in our Lord shines brighter than the suffering itself. I am thankful to have been able to partake of these teachings as they were blessings to me.

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Best Real Truthful

The best book about the reason of WHY we suffer. God's perspective in it all. If you have ever wondered why would a good God allow us to suffer? This is the book for you.

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How needful, this perspective is for the believers today.

God, thank you for Elisabeth Elliot’s faithfulness and testimony. Her simple, straightforward faith, and obedience to you throughout her life.

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Excellent

This book greatly helped me after the death of my two year old son. Her faith is incredible.

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Wonderful Book!

A friend suggested this book to help me with the loss of my husband.

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Like having a conversation in person, with Elliott

Like having a conversation in person, with Elliott. Wow. will listen over and over. Thank you

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Classic Elisabeth Elliot

The true and beautiful words of a Saint. Excellent narrator. May you be blessed as you listen.

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A truly maturing read.

This book is a in-depth evaluation of how we see and think about suffering. It opens up this view and experience of an important and inevitable part of our lives in such a real organic way, that few people really admit to. I love the way she is real about how she feels about loved ones, herself, loss, situations and God. Yet, at the end of the day, the Creator gets all the glory.

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  • SObiade
  • 11-22-21

Eye opener

Wow so empowering!
I absolutely love it.
God can use your situation to be a blessing unto others. While everything around us may change, just remember that God is still God.

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  • J. Austin
  • 02-14-20

Very helpful book on suffering

I appreciated the honest, compassionate and direct way in which Elisabeth deals with the challenging topic of suffering. Using personal experiences and sound biblical wisdom, she presents a Christ-centred perspective on suffering. She does not offer easy answers or ‘preachy’ advice, but deals with gritty realities and starts with the attitudes of our hearts towards the minor and major problems in life.
It was read well by Pam and you could imagine Elisabeth saying it that way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-21

Great

Enjoyed this short yet meaty view on suffering, tied in with Elisabeth's own experiences. Very relatable and some good biblical viewpoints.