We must also lessen the number of theological books, and choose the best; for it is not the number of books that make the learned man; nor much reading, but good books often read, however few, make a man learned in the Scriptures and pious. – Martin Luther

Life of a Sufferer - The Autobiography of Rev. Joseph Hamilton Fesperman

Life of a Sufferer - The Autobiography of Rev. Joseph Hamilton Fesperman

Many will find this book hard-going. It’s not clear how this book was ever published in the first place. But, those who struggle with the loneliness of dark days or the isolating pain of chronic illness may find gentle solace in the the thoughts of this dear brother in Christ.

As I sit here in pain, without a single token of sympathy from the human race, I am profoundly grateful to God for my precious Savior. That Christ came to save me, reconciles me to the numerous and depressing afflictions of my life. Amid them all, my world is strictly within myself, and its openings look out on immortality. Amid the vexations and disquieting scenes of my earthly suffering, I forget not the song of my pilgrimage, “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” This thought illumes the darkness without and hallows all within. – From Chapter 5

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