The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering
Risner, Vaneetha Rendall
“The Scars that Have Shaped Me accomplishes the nearly impossible: Vaneetha tells her story of sufferingwhich has been, and still is, largewithout drawing us into her pain. Instead, by grace and wisdom she guides us to find the way through our own sufferings into the heart of God. Somehow she lays out her story of gut-kicking suffering while captivating us with her experience of the goodness of God in the midst of her pain. The result? Our hearts are emboldened to trust and submit to Jesus. Her book is a gift to those who suffer, and to those who walk alongside them.”See All
Spiritual Director, Cofounder of Journey Mates, Author & Speaker
“In The Scars that Have Shaped Me, Vaneetha proves to be an able guide who can lead us through the valleys of tragedy and hardship with both grace and truth as she unveils the brilliant and redemptive power of God in the darkness of human misery. As her friend and pastor for many years, I can personally testify that the paths on which Vaneetha will lead the reader she has faithfully walked herself. She invites us all to see Gods sovereign and good glory in times of testing and struggle.”See All
Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Raleigh
“Its hard to find words to express how vitally important Vaneethas testimony has been in the shaping of my life and faith. She has walked uniquely hard roads and ventured into deep spiritual waters, yet always welcomes fellow travelers like me. These pages are full of vulnerability and hope, rooted not in optimism but in the real-life experience of Gods faithfulness in suffering. It is truly oxygen to get a glimpse of Gods face through Vaneethas eyes.”See All
“In the unfathomable logic of Gods wisdom, this faithful woman with increasingly weakening physical strength has, of all the people I know, the most secure grip on Gods steadfast faithfulness and reliability. Her faith has helped me weather the storms in my own life, and the words in these pages will do the same for you. Vaneetha Risner is the real deal.”See All
author of The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail
“When Im in a hard place and needing to draw deeply into God, I want to hear from someone who knows and understands. Someone whos been there. I can think of no better voice than Vaneetha Risners. In both the sudden crisis and the long, relentless daily struggle, Vaneethas insights have been purchased in the fire of adversity. So I listen. She leads through a door that comforts my soul and straightens my spineI am in her debt. You will be, too, as you drink deeply the wisdom she has to offer.”See All
author of Strong Women, Soft Hearts and Sex and the Soul of a Woman
“I have often wondered how Vaneetha Rendall Risner endures suffering with such amazing joy, grace, and perseverance. I still dont understand that, but this book has given me a new glimpse into her world and into the character of our loving God. Raw, transparent, terrifying, and yet amazingly hopeful, The Scars that Have Shaped Me can provide strength for the journey regardless of your situation.”See All
co-author of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poorand Yourself
“When we are suffering significantly, its hard to receive truth from those who havent been there. But Vaneetha Risners credibility makes us willing to lean in and listen. Her writing is built on her experience of deep pain, and in the midst of that her rugged determination to hold on to Christ.”See All
author of Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow
“I could not put this book down, except to wipe my tears. Reading Vaneethas testimony of Gods kindness to her in pain was exactly what I needed; no doubt, many others will feel the same. The Scars that Have Shaped Me has helped me process my own grief and loss, and given me renewed hope to care for those in my life who suffer in various ways. Reveling in the sovereign grace of God in your pain will bolster your faith like nothing this world can offer, and Vaneetha knows how to lead you to this living water.”See All
author of Missional Motherhood and Alive in Him
“The Scars that Have Shaped Me will make you weep and rejoice not just because it brims with authenticity and integrity, but because every page points you to the rest that is found in entrusting your life to one who is in complete control and is righteous, powerful, wise, and good in every way.”See All
pastor, author, international conference speaker
“A special kind of wisdom. Nothing short of remarkable. You'll see the unmistakably hard but truly beautiful stuff God is doing in your own life.”See All
Joni Eareckson Tada
“Vaneetha writes with creativity, biblical faithfulness, compelling style, and an experiential authenticity that draws other sufferers in. Here you will find both a tested life and a love for the sovereignty of a good and gracious God.”See All
Twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from schoolmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce.
Vaneetha Rendall Risner begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
In The Scars That Have Shaped Me, published by Desiring God, Vaneetha does more than share her stories of pain; she invites other sufferers to taste with her the goodness of a sovereign God who will carry us in our darkest of days.
Read more about Vaneetha at desiringGod.org
Desiring God’s 9-minute documentary about Vaneetha’s life and hope.