March 17, 2011
Book Review: The Blessing of Adversity by Barry C. Black
Mr. Black is a retired US Navy admiral; he served as the 62nd chaplain of the US Senate and has been a counselor, theologian, and psychologist for thirty years. In his book, The Blessings of Adversity he explains how a biblical perspective of adversity can turn negative aspects into blessings.
The 16 chapters of this book are divided into three sections: 1. Mastering the Basics, 2. Avoiding the Sources of Trouble, and 3. Turning Your Adversity into Advantage. Black lays a foundation of basic steps in facing adversity such as believing in God’s love and surrendering to God’s providence and learning from adversity. Mr. Black addresses different situations with brief snapshots of his own life story and scenarios from the lives of various biblical characters.
Overall, the book is good but at times it seems repetitive as the author cites the same examples a few times. Also, so many examples from scriptures are given but simply in reference. Maybe going deeper with fewer examples may have worked better in developing the points more.
I would have like to have heard more about Mr. Black’s life story as they underscored the truth of what he was attempting to share and illustrate. Perhaps developing this book more as a bible study where the full stories of the Bible that the author uses as examples may have given it more impact.
Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for me to review. This in no way influenced my review.