Contributing Writer

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author

Vaneetha writes and speaks about meeting God in suffering. She is the author of the book, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering, and an upcoming memoir entitled: Walking Through Fire. You can find her writing at Desiring God and her personal blog, Vaneetha.com. Vaneetha lives in North Carolina and is married to Joel. She has two daughters, Katie and Kristi.

Watch Choosing Joy in Suffering from Diamonds 2019.

If I Only Knew Why

How could I possibly reconcile these losses? They were unspeakable. Preventable. Unexpected. And in the face of such catastrophes, my natural question was “Why?” Why did this happen? If God was in control, why did he allow it? Why didn’t he stop it? Why? Why? Why?

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Accepting God’s invitation takes faith.

Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone?

My friends suggested I go to the meeting, but I was resistant. I had been to healing services before. Each time I had expected a miraculous healing. Each time I believed it would happen. Each time I had returned disappointed.

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Why Doesn't God Heal Everyone?

Dependence

I don’t like living with scarcity. I don’t like having just enough to meet my needs. I don’t like being dependent. It makes me feel vulnerable. In my economy, I want a full oil flask and overflowing flour jar. I want to see exactly how and when God will provide for my needs.

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Dependence
The Scars that have Shaped Me

The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

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 begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: His sustaining grace.

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Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

AVAILABLE JANUARY 2021

The astonishing, Job-like story of how an existence filled with loss, suffering, questioning, and anger became a life filled with shocking and incomprehensible peace and joy. Vaneetha contracted polio as an infant, was misdiagnosed, and lived with widespread paralysis. She lived in and out of the hospital for ten years. When she became a Christian, though, she thought things would get easier, and they did: carefree college days, a dream job in Boston, and an MBA from Stanford where she met and married a classmate.

But life unraveled. Again.

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