Kay Arthur – As Silver Refined Answers to Life’s Disappointments

Kay Arthur wrote As Silver Refined – Learning to Embrace Life’s Disappointments back in 1997.  In 2011 a revision, titled As Silver Refined Answers to Life’s Disappointments was released in both paperback as e-book format. Kay Arthur is one of America’s best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the co-founder of Precept Ministries International, the leaders in inductive Bible-study resources. Kay also reaches hundreds of thousands of people internationally through her “Precept upon Precept” inductive Bible studies. In addition, her daily and weekly television programs air on over 900 stations in 30 countries.

Arthur guides you to biblical truths that will help you break that cycle and instead embrace disappointment as the cleansing fire God uses to make you—as silver refined—a reflection of His goodness. In the prologue the silver refiner and his fire are explained. Then so-called Deadly D’s are the topics covered in chapters ahead. Disappointment, discouragement, dispair, dejection, demoralization, etc.

Arthur’s teaches that disappointment = HIS appointment. The why questions in life can be answered, if you’re willing to read your bible, seek the comfort and fellowship with other believers in church and know the truth. God has a plan, is sovereign, has overcome sin, conquered death, sickness. As a christian you’re free, empowered to be holy, resist the devil’s lies and not give in to sin. Your circumstances are actually the flames of His grace, intended to melt and burn away the undesirable elements in your life, leaving you pure and radiant—like refined silver. Arthur brings in a lot of biblical examples, letters from readers and listeners and goes well beyond simple one-liners and buzz words. Christianity’s core beliefs, much richer than earthly wanderings along doctors, gurus and drugs will provide the answers you’re looking for. Her writing style is engaging. The e-book version I read contains 224 pages, the 368 pages paperback version has a 16 week bible-study as a add-on.