"When we as Christians grapple theologically, practically, and experientially with the reality of affliction, no portion of Scripture is more helpful than Hebrews 12:1-13. Peter Golding's Why Does Being a Christian Have To Be So Hard surefootedly guides us into the depths of this marvellous passage. We emerge with our eyes fixed on Jesus as our elder brother and our hearts comforted with the truth that our heavenly Father trains us lovingly, firmly, and perfectly in his gymnasium as adopted sons. Read this book now so that you will be better equipped to handle affliction when it comes; read it again when affliction strikes; and give a copy to every sorely afflicted Christian friend you know."--Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.