I’ve never met Vaneetha Rendall Risner in person, but for years I’ve known and loved her through her writings. In her new memoir Walking Through Fire, you will see her heart, her honesty, her pain, her eternal perspective, and her love for Jesus. As I read, my heart ached for Veneetha’s losses, identified with her hopes, laughed with her about her dates, rejoiced in our King’s redemption, and longed for that blood-bought home where our dreams will forever come true.
I have read and endorsed many books over the years but don’t ever recall reading one start to finish the day it arrived. It held me all the way. Beautifully done. (Learn more and read the first chapter here.)
Vaneetha has gone through a great deal, and I mean Job-like suffering, and is not only an excellent writer but a wonderful person. She interviewed me recently for almost an hour and a half, and we had a delightful and deep time. Part of our conversation was featured in an event called “An Evening with Vaneetha & Friends,” which included interviews with Joni Eareckson Tada, Paul David Tripp, and Katherine Wolf. Each of them had powerful insights to share about suffering and faith: