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“This story of redemption is why I have written this book—not to join you in the pit of misery but to lift your spirits, encourage your heart, and challenge you to look deep within yourself despite the painful trials you encounter. My intent is not to minimize or trivialize your pain; I intend to give you hope amid your suffering. God has a plan and a purpose for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11, author’s paraphrase) It may be hard to see through the tears that moisten your face, but I speak from experience—God wants what is best for you. The transformation may involve spending time in the furnace of affliction. God will keep you there as long as it takes to accomplish His will and plan for you.”
“Know that pain is not meant to destroy us but to develop us. God wants to use us for His glory. However, to be a suitable vessel for Him, we must spend time being transformed via the furnace of affliction.”
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3–5, ESV).3 It is my prayer that as you read this book, you will take the time to honestly evaluate your times of anguish and be filled with hope as you begin to understand God’s intent for your life. Join me, and we’ll walk through this journey of pain and suffering together.
“The Furnace of Affliction will help many people asking God “Why?” in their struggles and are having trouble finding hope. This book is absolutely going to help many people connect to their great big God, who is bigger and greater, in the midst of their struggles in pain. Real stories, practical advice, and spiritual truth are all blended in a way that you won’t be able to put it down!”
–Brian Goslee, Executive Director., Changed Through Faith Ministries
“If you have ever questioned God’s love for you when you are suffering, this story will encourage and challenge you. Horace shares the struggles he has faced and how God uses and redeems our pain.” -Sheila Walsh, co-host of Life Today, and author of Praying Women.
“Set against the bleak backdrop of 2020, this new book from Horace Williams is like a great lighthouse sitting high on the rocky shores. Combining his own tragic life story, biblical principles, and practical truths, the author, inspires hope and courage. I highly recommend this book, believing every reader will be deeply moved and encouraged by what they read.” –Melanie Redd, Author of Live in Light: 5-Minute Devotions for Teen Girls
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“If I had to use three words to describe The Furnace of Affliction they would be honest, humble, and truth. My friend Horace writes with such honesty while showing his humility and speaking truth. His words are as a soothing oil.”
“In times of suffering, we don’t need to hear clichés; we need to hear the truth. Through the lessons he’s learned through difficult times, Horace is able to draw from God’s Word and use the truth of scripture to speak into your pain and bring encouragement and hope. The Furnace of Affliction: How God Uses Our Pain and Suffering for His Purpose is a must for anyone who’s ever experienced suffering and asked themselves, “Where are you, God?” This book will minister to your soul.” -Crystal V Hall, Communications Director, Calvary Fellowship