Elizabeth Prentiss

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A book for all those who want to love God more!

Elizabeth Prentiss was a nineteenth century pastor’s wife – and also a best-selling author. Having suffered the death of two children, as well as long-term ill health, she discovered from her own experience that the deeper the heartbreak, the deeper one can be drawn into experience of the love of God. When we surrender to the will of God, and trust his sovereign wisdom in every circumstance, the worst trials can be transformed into the richest times of fellowship with God:

God never places us in any position in which we can not grow. We may fancy that He does. We may fear we are so impeded by fretting, petty cares that we are gaining nothing; but when we are not sending any branches upward, we may be sending roots downward. Perhaps in the time of our humiliation, when everything seems a failure, we are making the best kind of progress.

When Sharon wrote this book in 2006, she explained why she wanted to share Elizabeth’s story:

“As a pastor’s wife, I often meet people who are facing suffering of various kinds. The Bible teaches us that God is absolutely sovereign, and ordains all things for his own glory and for the good of his people. It is so encouraging to have the testimony of believers – such as Elizabeth Prentiss – who have gone through terrible times but can honestly say: ‘God was in control and I would not change anything.”

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‘A gripping biography . . . Drawing on original letters and journals, the author has given us insight into Prentiss’ innermost thoughts. In particular we witness her struggle to bring faith and practice together and her longing for a greater love for Christ’
Barbara Hughes