“Psychology Today” Interviews Ken Boa

Shaped by Suffering was released in early February 2020—just prior to the full onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the influx of fear and suffering as a result of the virus and the global response to it, the book could not have brought a timelier message.

Focusing on the theme of resilience in suffering, Dr. Jamie Aten, founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, interviewed Ken Boa about the book and published the interview on his Hope + Resilience blog for Psychology Today. This magazine features articles by psychologists, academics, psychiatrists, and writers about the latest mental health concerns and developments.

Read the Interview Here

In the interview (titled “Shaping Our View of Suffering”), Ken reminds us that our perspective on suffering can make us either bitter or better. When we focus on the suffering itself, we tend to wallow in our misery. However, a reorientation toward an eternal perspective gives hope because of future glory for those who are in Christ.

Check out this other coverage of Shaped by Suffering and its themes:

If we allow our pain to turn our attention to God and to how we can reach out to others, suffering can become a redemptive tool both in our lives and in the lives of others.
—Ken Boa, in Psychology Today Interview (May 17, 2020)

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