In the Crucible: How God Sustains and Transforms in Hard Times


Daniel Schlueter has written a wonderful book about his battle with esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) which was cruciblediscovered in 2012 after a trip to the emergency room for a suspected heart problem. Perhaps I should rephrase, this is not a book about his battle with cancer (although he walks you through that battle) but rather this serves as the backdrop for an inspiring story about the faithfulness of GOD, the power of prayer, and the incredible joy of being apart of the body of faith through Jesus Christ.

Dan and his loving and caring wife Lita begin updating their friends, family and church with a series of e-mails about his condition and the treatments he endures to rid his body of this deadly cancer.  These e-mails turn out to be much more than informative; they are a glimpse into the grateful and humble hearts of Dan and Lita as they seek the Lord and encourage their brothers and sisters in Christ, who are in-turn encouraging and praying for them.

Each chapter has a verse related to the chapters subject, a series of e-mails describing Dan’s progress, meditations, prayers, and thoughts,  as well as a section of “further reflection” written sometime later after his recovery. Dan did not set out to write a book, but was encouraged by those receiving the e-mails to publish them because of their deep insight into GOD’s goodness and the joy of prayer for and between brothers and sisters in Christ.

This was a wonderful book. I found myself laughing, reflecting, and praying all the way through the book. This is worth the read. Get it, then give it away when you are done so someone else can enjoy it.

You can find the book on Amazon by clicking here.

Here is the Facebook page for the book/author.

I was not paid nor did I receive any incentive to review this book. I purchased it from the author personally after meeting him on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I enjoyed it and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.


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