Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

By Dave Furman

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Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

By Dave Furman

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“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”

What does it mean to “kiss the wave?” These words, attributed to nineteenth-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, speak to the Christian’s only hope for perseverance in suffering. What if we can learn to experience the nearness of God in the midst of suffering? What if God intends to work through our trials rather than simply take them away?

After living for more than a decade with a debilitating nerve condition in both arms, Dave Furman shows us that God, in his grace, always designs trials for our good—not minimizing the pain, but infusing significance into our suffering. Furman demonstrates that, even when tossed to and fro by stormy waves, God is near . . . and that makes all the difference in the world.

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Dave Furman

Dave Furman (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which he planted in 2010. Dave and his wife, Gloria, have four children.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 6.81 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5645-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5645-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433556456
Case Quantity: 72
Published: January 31, 2018

Table of Contents


  1. He Can Surf Any Wave 
  2. He Is Our Refuge 
  3. The Ultimate Rescue Mission 
  4. The Greatest Exchange in All of History 
  5. God Is Not Dead 
  6. Look, I Am Your Father
  7. He Really Knows Every Hair on Your Head
  8. The Waves Have a Glorious Purpose 
  9. Weakness Is Always the Way 
  10. You Are a Part of Christ’s Body 
  11. The Wave Maker Will Carry You to Shore 
  12. Extreme Makeover 
  13. Heaven Is for Real

Appendix: Recommended Resources
General Index
Scripture Index


“If you want a book that promises you a life of instant healing and happy endings, give this book a miss. You’ll be better off with the many books that specialize in empty promises. But if you want a book that is realistic about years of chronic pain and debilitating depression, yet drives you toward the comforts of Christ and his gospel, read this book. Dave Furman does not provide us with an abstract dissertation; rather, out of his own experience he shows us what it means to kiss the wave that throws you onto the Rock of Ages.”
D. A. Carson, Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

“Dave so gently reminds us that God doesn’t expect us to call the hardest parts of life ‘good,’ but instead desires for us to hold fast to his immeasurable, never-ending goodness in the midst of our suffering.”
Jennie Allen, New York Times best-selling author, Get Out of Your Head; Founder, IF:Gathering

“Depression has been a close companion for most of my life, though I did not recognize it for what it was until I planted Renovation Church. At times it has been debilitating. At times I have wanted to run away from everything that, in more reasonable seasons, I love. Only the grace of God and the abiding presence of his Spirit have gotten me through. I only wish over these many years a work as powerful as this one would have been available as an encouragement, reminder, and rebuke on more volatile days. I am thankful to Dave Furman for pouring out his heart and story into these pages, but most of all I am thankful for his pointing us to the living God.”
Lèonce B. Crump Jr., Founder, Renovation Church, Atlanta, Georgia; author, Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are

Kiss the Wave was not simply written by Dave Furman. Dave lives these words. He knows what it is to gasp for air in the churning place where wave smashes stone. With faithful endurance and Scripture-seasoned words, Dave compels us to think of our inevitable suffering theologically, not theoretically. With a courageous heart, he loves his family, serves his flock, and champions the cause of our sovereign God with a vigorous joy that belies his constant chronic pain. Jesus is the hero of his story. Dave Furman is eminently qualified to shepherd us in the matter of suffering, for not only is he a herald of God’s Word, but he is also a man who is learning, over and over, to kiss the wave.”
Colin Buchanan, singer; songwriter

“Dave Furman not only offers a careful exegesis of the Word of God for those who are suffering, but also shares his own story of constant pain and weakness in light of a God who loves. This is not a detached theological examination of suffering in God’s world, but rather the testimony of a man who loves God and desires to live according to God’s call on his life despite being unable to button his own shirt. If you’re suffering, you need to read this book. If you love other sufferers, share it with them.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick, coauthor, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women

“This is a remarkable book—searingly honest, genuinely funny, relentlessly grounded, and, above all, saturated with the gospel. Dave Furman has succeeded in equipping us to face the suffering that eventually comes to all of us in a way that flows from who we are in Christ. He has provided us with a rich and moving exposition of what the Christian life looks like in real time. Let me put this simply: read this book!”
Gary Millar, Principal, Queensland Theological College; author, 2 Corinthians for You

“Dave Furman knows suffering and trials better than most men I know. Suffering and trials are not mere theoretical constructs in his life, but everyday realities that propel him into the arms of a loving Savior. With a pastor’s heart and a fellow sufferer’s empathy, Dave guides us with his characteristic lucidity, warmth, and clear-mindedness. He reminds us that in times of trial and trouble, far from being absent, the Father’s pruning hand is closest to us. Don’t read this book to merely gain knowledge or a quick fix, but to truly understand and live out the psalmist’s cry, ‘It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.’”
Jonathan Holmes, Director, Fieldstone Counseling

“I was deeply encouraged by this book! It is great for anyone, but just right for someone in the midst of suffering. Few can achieve the delicate balance between biblical truth, empathy, and understanding of the struggle, while also pointing toward hope in the Lord. Dave has done this well. His meditations on Scripture comfort and encourage us to see joy in God’s good plans for even the hardest trials of our life. Stories from his personal struggles and those of others add a sense of camaraderie and bring to life the fight for joy in the middle of great trials. A great resource!”
Connie Dever, author, He Will Hold Me Fast; Curriculum and Music Writer, The Praise Factory