Suffering is something that affects everyone. For many, it can be a stumbling block to faith in God and the catalyst to an unhappy life. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it can be the catalyst to something greater: union with Christ.
Dr. Bob Schuchts, Founder of the John Paul II Healing Center, seeks to answer these difficult questions in a new 4-part series by Saint Benedict Press: Real Suffering: Finding Hope and Healing in the Trials of Life.
Dr. Schuchts examines the complex nature of suffering based on his personal experience and decades of encounters as a family and marriage therapist. Dissecting physical pain (with Jesus as our model), emotional loss (through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows), and spiritual guilt (with St. Peter as our example), he shows the underlying purpose of our sorrows and helps us to see how they can be a means of drawing closer to God revealed.
This book can be read alone or with the accompanying study guide and/or journal (sold separately). There is also a 4-part video accompaniment with teachings by Dr. Schuchts. This can be purchased as a DVD or streaming download and used for personal or group study.
This series is great for many different circumstances and settings:
- For personal reading – we recommend the Real Suffering Book.
- For personal study – we recommend the Real Suffering Book and Study Guide, or the Study Pack (containing the Book, Study Guide and Journal), and, for added depth, the DVD.
- For group studies or parish classes – we recommend leaders order either the Study Pack AND a DVD, or the Parish Streaming Pack (that contains a Streaming License, giving unlimited access to the videos on-line). *Please note: Each participant in a group study will need a Study Guide.