Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After watching and suffering alongside his late wife’s battle with cancer, Chris Faddis, author of the book “It is Well: Life in the Storm,” hopes that people will learn to place their trust in God in the midst of struggles.
“Trust isn’t about trusting that God is going to take us out of the pain, or that God is going to redeem us here on Earth,” said Chris Faddis to CNA during an Oct. 22 interview.
Over the course of their battle with terminal illness, the Faddis family learned about trust, and faith in God through all things.
Angela Faddis’ dying wish was for “the world to know that no matter what we must trust in Jesus,” Chris said, and it is this desire to give witness to the need to trust in God that gave rise to the book.
Two years ago, Faddis’ wife Angela was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Over the course of her 17-month battle with cancer, Angela provided a public witness of faith and radical trust through a Facebook page, television, radio, and print interviews.
Angela died Sept. 21, 2012, but Chris is convinced that his wife’s witness of trust can help others “find consolation in suffering.” He added that he had always had “desire to write a book on trust,” but it became clear over the course of Angela’s illness “that God wanted me to write this book in the middle of a storm.”
“I certainly didn’t know that we would go through the kind of suffering that we did,” Faddis said of his family’s struggle. Through the trials, however, “it was clear God had a purpose for it,” he added.
He explained that often, people don’t like to say there is a reason or purpose to suffering, “because we think that means God’s punishing us.”
Faddis clarified that God is not punishing people through suffering, but instead “he’s allowing us to participate in the suffering because it will bring us closer to him, it will bring us closer to heaven, and it will bring us closer to other people who are suffering.”
Through his family’s suffering, Faddis said their understanding of trust grew. Generally, trust in God is thought of as a sense “that God is going to solve every problem.”
In reality, however, trust is not God acting as “the great (Read More)