Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering

Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, by Kelly M. Kapic, InterVarsity Press Academic, 2017, paperback, 192 pages.

After surviving cancer, Tabitha Kapic, an adjunct professor of economics and community development at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, developed severe polyneuropathy, which produces debilitating pain in all four limbs, and more recently she was diagnosed with erythromelagia or “man on fire” syndrome. Her chronic pain was the starting point for her husband, Kelly M. Kapic, a professor of theological studies at Covenant, to write this book. While it is personal, it’s not an autobiography of their family’s experiences but rather a broad examination of Christian attitudes toward pain and suffering. The book is not for everyone, considering that it is focused on how Christians live in the midst of suffering. But we think it can help readers of any background who live with serious illness or physical pain think more deeply about the roles God and faith play in their daily lives.

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