A.W. Tozer once said, "It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply."
As a pastor, Dr. Connor Bales has tackled tough questions about suffering for years-
- How should Christ-followers respond to suffering?
- What if our calling is to suffer?
- How do we respond when our loved ones suffer?
But, it's his own experience as a father and fellow sufferer that has equipped him to pen this book. In Counted Worthy, Connor Bales shares the unique calling he and his wife, Mary, have been counted worthy of stewarding in raising two children with a rare genetic disorder. From the initial confusion and questions of "why"-to the practical exhaustion resulting from endless tests, treatments, and visits to the emergency room-to the emotional, physical and spiritual toll they've experienced as a family, Bales leaves nothing off the table.
But, standing tall above the brokenness, disappointment, and hurt, Counted Worthy illuminates a practical theology promising hope, supernatural comfort, and a closeness to God that Connor and Mary have experienced first-hand. Readers will grow close to the Bales family, but more importantly, they will draw closer to their Savior through their life's story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Connor Bales serves as Pastor at the North Campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Prosper, TX. He has written two books, Counted Worthy and Gospel in the Home, which he co-authored with Todd Kaunitz in 2016.
Connor and his wife, Mary, first began their ministry together as newlyweds, serving as volunteers in the Student Ministry at First Baptist Church, Coppell, Texas. It was during this season that God called Connor into vocational ministry. Connor graduated seminary, sold his business, and began in full-time ministry. Connor was privileged to serve as the Minister to Married Adults at Prestonwood, then as a Lead Pastor and Elder at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview, Texas. In 2019, he returned to Prestonwood as the North Campus Pastor.
This book was recommended to me by someone in our church and I am so thankful it was. It was such a great reminder of why we suffer, that we should never waste our suffering, and how God can and does use it. This book was so well written and will be such an encouragement to so many (not just those that are struggling).
– David Forman