(Book Review) Chronic Pain

Chronic PainReviewed by: Tedd Williamson, professional writing major at Taylor University


Title: Chronic Pain: Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Author: Rob Prince

Publisher: Beacon Hill Press

Publication Date: April 2014

Format: Paperback Book

Length: 174 Pages


No one likes pain but everyone experiences it. This is part of our sin cursed world. Chronic Pain is short and very informal. Often it feels like Rob Prince is rambling to the reader in his effort to sustain a conversational style of writing. There are thirteen chapters, each focusing on how Prince, himself, dealt with pain in areas of his life and comparing it to what the Bible teaches about suffering, agony, endurance, and illness.

Prince admits that he does not have precise answers as to why Christians or others must sometimes endure chronic pain, but by doing a careful study of those in the Bible who suffered sickness or disease or injury (Job, Paul, the ten lepers, blind Bartemaeus), he is able to draw some insights and lessons regarding how to endure physical ailments and still show honor and reverence to God.  The primary focus of the book, however, is on how Rob Prince dealt with his pain. Often parts of the book seem to drag or move focus away from Prince’s point, but overall it does a good job of conveying the experiences and ideas of the author. This is an excellent book for anyone who has chronic pain or knows anyone with chronic pain. But it is not deeply theological or medically technical.


Rating (1 to 5)

3 out of 5 Stars

Suggested Audience

Those suffering chronic pain and those ministering to the infirmed.

Christian Impact

An excellent book for anyone who has chronic pain or knows anyone with chronic pain but it is not deeply theological or medically technical.

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One Response to “(Book Review) Chronic Pain”

  1. Great review! I have chronic pain when my issue flares up, but I think I would like this book more if it were more focused on religion or medical technical terms.

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