How do we suffer smart?
Using his thirty-five years in clinical practice, theological expertise, and professional self-analysis, Frank invites you on a totally unique ride. Structured as a father’s open letter to his daughter Kristen, Frank’s memoir explores his magnetic draw to faith…and the spiritual maelstrom that drew him to a profound yet deeply conflicted journey with Jesus Christ.
The highly readable story of Frank’s emerging faith in Jesus is a spellbinding dance among various forces in his life. In this most personal, page-turning exposé, he courageously discloses how trauma shaped his life nearly from the moment of his birth. He does this in order to show all of us who suffer— whether in childhood or as adults—how to suffer smart.
Suffering smart is not easy. To do so requires information about the human mind. It requires strategizing. And it mandates hard work to use our suffering to build mental and emotional skills—skills that grant us wisdom, build character, and forge faith in a God who can look like a cosmic sadist. That hard work leads to freedom from the damaging impact of suffering. In poignant detail, Frank describes how his mental and emotional suffering and his highly conflicted faith really looks——from the inside out——from deep within his own psyche. And how he climbed to that freedom.