The Uses of Adversity
Deseret Book, 2008
This book has an interesting origin. Carlfred Broderick wrote this as
an essay and presented it at a BYU Women’s conference but the publishing
was done posthumously. Broderick passed away in 1999 after losing his
fight with cancer. It is interesting to note that even with what is
going on in today’s current events his approach to adversity is just as
applicable now as it was when it was presented at the conference.
The writing style that is used is easy to follow and very engaging. The
stories that he uses are also true, emotionally gripping and they
illustrate well the points that Broderick is trying to make. This is a
hard look at pain and why it comes into the lives of good individuals.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain.... It is
resource in the event of pain, and when that pain comes... rejoice that
you have resource to deal with your pain.” (pg 7) The pain of life is
different for everyone. Some people have horrible heart-wrenching pain
come into their lives, while with others, the greatest pain they feel
could be compared to a bad toothache. Broderick states that some are
stronger than others, while people like himself are “great chicken(s)”
There is priceless wisdom available to all people everywhere. This
wisdom is to learn from the mistakes of others and thus avoid those
pitfalls of pain. However, few are wise enough to receive that which is
given free and spare themselves a world of pain. Broderick spells out
the kind of deep and abiding faith each must find in order to know how
to deal with that pain the will come into our lives.
Broderick’s engaging style of writing leads the reader on a journey of
thought-provoking conversation. He is not preachy or a know-it-all,
rather Broderick presents his ideas and findings in such a way as to
help the reader feel like they are in the company of a caring and close
friend. I recommend this book to everyone since we all will face
painful and difficult situations in our lives but especially to those
who are in pain right now.