A book for all who face unexplained suffering
A "Thorn in the Flesh" takes many forms, but invariably it is something we find painful, limiting, humiliating and prolonged. No wonder we fight against it. Pablo Martínez offers hope to those who, like him, have struggled for years with a thorn, using his expertise as a psychiatrist and experience as a church leader in his native Spain.
Pablo Martínez truly understands the pain that accompanies a thorn in the flesh, and he writes with clarity, conviction and Godly wisdom. If you are looking for a way out of discouragement or even despair connected with an affliction in your own life, this short, but insightful book will open the door toward a new path of hope and practical help. I highly recommend it! - Joni Eareckson Tada
I am sure A Thorn in the Flesh will provide a very useful resource for those suffering from their own thorns as well as for those aiming to give help and comfort. - from the foreword by Fiona Castle
The apostle Paul was surely deliberately vague when he did not specify the nature of his "Thorn in my Flesh". Was it a physical or psychiatric illness, a recurring temptation, a difficult relationship? Whichever, each of us has our own thorn, and Dr Pablo Martinez is the man to help. He writes not just theologically; not just as an experienced psychiatrist; but as someone who has suffered all his adult life from a thorn that God has not taken away. Pablo brings comfort out of that experience as he points us towards help; towards acceptance, grace, perseverance and hope. - Dr. Andrew Fergusson, Head of Communications, Christian Medical Fellowship
This book will offer great comfort to those whose lives are marked by persistent thorns in the flesh. It provides a rich diet of biblical content, wise pastoral counsel and pertinent advice born from personal experience and deep study of the Scriptures. - Lindsay Brown, former General Secretary, IFES
Pablo is an experienced Christian leader and a practising psychiatrist, and both these strands are evident in this excellent book. It is profoundly biblical, practically helpful, moving and encouraging. - Lady Elizabeth Catherwood