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Liberty professors release book on suffering

May 1, 2012 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University professors Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. John Thomas will hold a book signing on Saturday for their latest work, “Enduring Your Season of Suffering,” from 1-3 p.m. at the Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

The book, published by Liberty University Press, will be used as a college textbook. In it, the authors use their years of experience to pose answers to life’s most formidable questions during its darkest hours and offer hope and practical steps to soften the pain and increase joy in people’s lives.

Habermas, a Distinguished Research Professor and Chair in the School of Religion’s Department of Philosophy and professor in the Ph.D. program at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, is well-known worldwide for his research and writings in Christian apologetics and the resurrection of Jesus. He is a popular speaker and author, co-author or editor of 36 books, with more than 100 articles and reviews published in prestigious Christian journals and magazines. Oxford University Press will soon be releasing his written debate on the resurrection. In recent years, Habermas has been a visiting or adjunct professor at 15 different graduate schools and seminaries in the United States and abroad.

Thomas is an associate professor with the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC) and a certified employee assistance consultant (CEAP) and is the founder of Source1Strategies.

This is the second book the pair has co-authored. Their first book, “What’s Good About Feeling Bad?,” was published in 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers.

Habermas said his inspiration for writing “Enduring Your Season of Sufferingwas based upon his personal experience of suffering when he lost his wife in 1995 due to stomach cancer.

During her battle against cancer and the grief that followed, Habermas said he had to cling to the truth that the apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1, that “God may allow us to go through things so we can help others go through things.”

Habermas said he learned from the suffering despite the deep pain he experienced.

“For me it was very fruitful and something from which I grew mightily even though I was losing my closest friend in the world,” Habermas said.