Slay Your Pain Giant

Slay Your Pain Giant

911? I need backup!

Suddenly, there's a giant in your life. His name is not Goliath. This one calls himself Chronic Pain. And he won't go away.

Your pain giant may have been stalking you for months, years, or decades.


Or he may have appeared in the flash of an exploding IED or in the crash of a car accident. Or he may have entered your life during the unexpected onset of an illness. Suddenly, he’s there. Maybe you don’t realize right away how big he is.
Then you look up and he’s blocking out the sun. And you realize that you're going to have to kill him. But all you have is a sling and a handful of pebbles.

What now?

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About the Book

Songs of Deliverance

In my efforts to help you understand what’s going on in your life and what pain means in your world and in God’s universe I’ve explained that you need to know what you believe about God and pain; you need to know what the role of prayer is in your suffering; that you could learn a lot about your reaction to suffering (your own and that of others) by studying the book of Job. But the place to go in the Bible when you’re hurting is the Book of Psalms. Reading and meditating on the Psalms helps me deal with my pain. Here I have to again mention Dr. Kristin Swenson’s book Living Through Pain.[1] She discusses the effects that Psalms 6, 22, 38, 88, 69, and 102 have on people’s experience of pain. Now, writing on the Psalms is humbling, to say the least. You rush in where angels fear to tread. And tackling this book of the Bible in one short chapter of a book is nothing but scandalous. But my loyalty is to people who are living with pain, and the benefits of what God has to say to us through the Psalms is so important that I cannot shirk this duty.

The Psalms: anatomy of all the parts of the soul

The moment you get serious about the Psalms, you run into John Calvin, who wrote extensive commentaries on them. In the preface of the first volume of his Commentary on the Book of Psalms he says this about these Spirit-filled, ancient Hebrew poems: I have been accustomed to call this book, I think not inappropriately, ‘An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul;’ for there is not an emotion of which any one can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror. Or rather, the Holy Spirit has here drawn to the life all the griefs, sorrows, fears, doubts, hopes, cares, perplexities, in short, all the distracting emotions with which the minds of men are wont to be agitated. — John Calvin [1]. Kristin M Swenson, Living through pain: Psalms and the search for wholeness (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2005).
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Genre: Christian Living
Tag: English
Publisher: Rabbit Trails Publishers
Publication Year: 2013
Format: Paperback
Length: 240 page non-fiction book
Narrator: Harley Lesser
ASIN: B07RJ21TG1
ISBN: 1097485811
List Price: 10.25
eBook Price: 2.99
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Rosegarden reviewed Through Pain to Victory: Christian advice from the trenches Living it! May 16, 2013 Disabled very young, I was main-streamed growing up. I found most of the books coping ideas and thoughts, I was already years living and can honestly say I am victorious despite the odds but only through God's mercy & grace.
– Rosegarden
Sherall Cornwell reviewed Through Pain to Victory: Christian advice from the trenches Gets to the heart of the matter March 26, 2015 With examples from scripture, and practical applications thereof, brother Gerhard skillfully and joyfully gives chronic pain sufferers a guidebook through pain. I liked it so much I intend to use it in a small group at church.
– Sherall Cornwell
Sherry H reviewed Through Pain to Victory: Christian advice from the trenches Super book April 15, 2017 I've dealt with pain for way too many years. This book has been super helpful in focusing on Jesus rather than my pain! You can tell that the author knows what we're going through. Although it's primarily for those with physical pain, I suspect that it could be helpful for those with emotional pain as well.
– Sherry H
greatmom53 reviewed Through Pain to Victory: Christian advice from the trenches 1 of 1 people found the following helpful Excellent book October 20, 2017 Wonderful book with a moving personal story and uplifting, inspirational thoughts and suggestions for working through chronic illness from a Christian perspective.
– greatmom53
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About the Author
Gerhard Venter (English)

Gerhard Venter used to pray, "Lord, please put me in a position where I can write full-time." So God gave him chronic back pain, which forced him to quit his job; helped him complete a masters degree in theology at Emory University in Atlanta; relocated him to a small house in the Northeast Georgia mountains; surrounded him with animals and grandchildren; and said, "Okay. Now write."
Not knowing what else to do, he wrote about chronic pain. "Slay Your Pain Giant," first published in 2012 as "Through Pain to Victory," was the result. The book was part of how he was delivered from the never-ending pain, and it has always been his prayer that the book helped others too. Gerhard was born and educated in South Africa and came to the United States with his family in 1996. He is a successful radio scriptwriter and has published several short stories in national magazines. He wrote and co-wrote four stage plays that were successfully performed.
In the meantime, the small adventures of a small farm never cease. Imagine working on a novel with an angry goat battering at the front door.

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