Stephen Viars: Overcoming Bitterness

Moving From Life’s Greatest Hurts to a Life Filled With Joy (Baker)

Overcoming Bitterness: Moving From Life’s Greatest Hurts to a Life Filled With Joy
(Baker, 2021)

WHO: Stephen Viars, pastor and biblical counselor at Faith Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana.

HE SAYS: “Being unable or unwilling to speak in the right way, at the right time, to the right people about the bitter circumstances of life is not an antidote but an accelerant to a bitter heart and life.”

THE BIG IDEA: The goal of this book is to help readers deal with bitterness thoroughly and completely.

THE PROGRESSION:
First, the author first looks at the reality of bitterness and its implications for Christ followers. Next, he explores the sinful and personal responsibility side of bitterness and presents ways to avoid the pitfalls that lead to a bitter heart. The final third of the book examines a case study that puts the principles of the book into practice.

“Finding a way to make your bitterness work is a recipe for disaster.”

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