Happy Summer break to all the readers and followers of my website, pleasingtothepotter.com. Also, a huge welcome to any new visitors to my site. My name is Horace Williams, Jr. The creator and author of this site. Oh, how I wish I were on an island beach like this putting the finishing touches on my book, but nothing so luxurious is taking place. As I mentioned in an email to my subscribers last month, I am taking a bit of a Summer break. I am spending a great deal of my time working on my next book, The Furnace of Affliction: How God uses our Pain and Suffering for His purposes.
This book has become a more substantial than anticipated undertaking. I had no idea how much I had to share. As things begin to come into focus, I am excited about the opportunity to share this book with the world. (Hopefully sometime this year.)
In the interim, you are more than welcome to check out some of my posts from earlier this year through the featured section. Some of my most popular posts are in the food for the soul section of my blog.
Also, I have been releasing a brand-new episode of the PleasingtothePotter.com Podcast almost every week when possible. The podcast is available on iTunes for download, but you can listen here as well.
I promised you a preview of my upcoming book, and I aim to be a man of my word. I’m not going to require you to join my mailing list to get a preview. Here is a quote that I reference early on in the book that I hope will give you an idea if the premise of this new book.
British author C. S. Lewis states in The Problem of Pain, “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Now, here is one of many questions I ask from The Furnace of Affliction.
“Does God seem to be shouting at you through pain and suffering? Have you been listening, or you hard of hearing in your walk with Him?”
And lastly, a favorite scripture verse from the 100 passages throughout this book.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:29–31)
If you’d like to read a free chapter of this next book, you can click on the link below.
However, if you want to be on the Furnace of Affliction list and be the first to know when the book releases, click here for your free chapter.
Before I Go…
God continues to show Himself faithful as He brings people alongside to help, support, and encourage me on this writing journey. I’ve wanted to write since I was fourteen years old. God has taken that desire and blessed me with the ability and the platform to share what He puts on my heart.
Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you are enjoying your Summer break. I thank God for giving me the wisdom to balance everything to avoid being overwhelmed. I ask for your prayers that God would be with me as I work on this labor of love. I pray that this book brings glory to Him as lives are changed.
I’ll talk to you soon,
Horace Williams, Jr.
 C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (Québec: Samizdat University Press, 1940), 57–58.