The author of Suffering: God’s Forge of Faith has both experienced and observed suffering first-hand, having grown up in an environment of poverty, alcoholism, rejection, and abuse.  She testifies that she first met the Lord at the age of three, when He revealed Himself to her and both saved her soul and preserved her sanity, walking with her “through many dangers, toils and snares,” including the loss of three babies and the death of a teen-aged daughter.  All of these, she has learned to regard as “boot camp” for her training in ministry to other suffering believers. 

During 30 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Griswold has concluded that there is no suffering which God’s people can experience—whether visited on them unjustly by others, or which we bring on ourselves by sinfully screwing up—that the Lord cannot redeem, when committed into His hands, for His glory and our blessing.  As a student of the Bible, she has observed that process taking place in the lives of those we consider “heroes of the faith,” with whom contemporary sufferers are invited to identify. This book is written from that perspective.


Barbara Stone Griswold has a Ph.D. from Baylor University and an M. Ed. In Guidance and Counseling from Miami University of Ohio.  While serving in various capacities as a licensed professional counselor in both church staff and private practice for thirty years, and as a former Texas State Director of Prison Fellowship Family Ministries, as well as on Boards of Directors of churches and Crisis Pregnancy Centers, she has had the opportunity to observe the Lord working in the lives of his people who have suffered every form of stress, loss, and abuse in their sojourn toward spiritual growth.  She is married to Dr. Norman Griswold, retired professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A & M and Baylor Universities, and is the proud mother of three children, one of whom resides in heaven, plus a son and his family in Atlanta, Ga. and a daughter and her family in Dallas, Texas.

 

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