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Sitting Strong: Wrestling with the Ornery God, by bestselling author Jeanie Miley, suggests that when life knocks the props out from under you, it is possible to gather up your agony and wrestle with it in the presence of the God who may feel strangely absent. This book is not about being strong. Rather, taking the struggles and triumphs of Job as its guide, this book is about that terrible time when all you can do is stumble onto the ash heap of suffering and simply sit.
I read Sitting Strong soon after experiencing a staggering series of “Job experiences,” including the deaths of my beloved husband, John, and my mother, as well as Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of my hometown, New Orleans, where my son lost his home and business to the storm. …Into that agony of loss and grief, Jeanie’s words gave me courage to keep “sitting strong” as long as it takes for healing to occur . . . and to trust that the very anguish I thought would destroy me could become an instrument of my redemption.
— Ann Claypool
(Mrs John R. Claypool IV)
Jeanie Miley’s book offers hope in the mist of darkness. …Her profound insights drawn from her prayerful reflections on the Book of Job offer hope and strength for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by the pain and darkness of life.
— Sr. Mary Dennison
Cenacle Spiritual Direction Institute
Jeanie Miley carries us in this book! She carries us with integrity into an honest discussion on suffering. She carries us to the altar of the ash heap and helps us see that it is holy ground. She carries us to sit strong, to wrestle with Job, his friends, ourselves and God. She carries us to discover who God is to us and who we are to God. She carries us to the bottom of despair and to the top of joy. And, to each place, she carries us, we find God and God’s love.
— Bo Prosser
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Jeanie Miley scales the breathtaking heights of the Book of Job . . . and writes honestly, clearly, and compellingly of innocent suffering, doubt, and faith in a God of love. Her work is an appealing invitation to journey from acquaintance into intimacy with God, where honesty is the shortest distance between two points, and where trust, in the end, surpasses understanding.
— J. Randall O’Brien