"God won't give you more than you can handle." This is one of the
most common and least helpful reassurances floating around Christian
circles. It is anything but biblical. The truth is that God does allow a lot more than we can handle. But why?
Pyle has walked through tragedy in his own life--professional
uncertainty, the intense impact of mental illness, and the struggle to
build a family because of a lost pregnancy, infertility, and adoption.
As a pastor, Nate has cried with countless people experiencing deep and
overwhelming pain. They want answers but perhaps even more, they want
someone to sit with them as they lament.
Cliché Christianity tells us not to ask questions in hard times. Yet transformation awaits us in the dark night of the soul. In More Than You Can Handle,
Nate asks with you: "God, where are you in this pain? Why don't you
step in and act?" Because when we courageously bring all of who we are
to all of who God is--and stop pretending we can "handle" life--we
encounter the God of Redemption. The good news isn't that we can handle
everything, but rather that God promises to be with us at the very
moments we can't handle anything.
Skillfully weaving together his
own story, the stories of others, and a powerful look at the life of
Jesus, Nate delivers a fresh and timely response to the pain we each
experience. As Nate reminds us, the only thing more overwhelming than
the pain of life is the love of a God who carries that pain with us.