Who am I? What am I here for? Does anyone love me? Do I have worth?
Adversity can cause us profound levels of doubt, especially when we compare ourselves to others. In the face of affliction and suffering, sometimes it’s hard enough just to get through the day, let alone explore bigger topics like purpose, love, or faith.
Born without arms, Daniel Ritchie faced a unique kind of adversity. Yet after he surrendered his life to Christ, he learned that only in Christ could true worth and purpose be found—freeing him from comparisons and restrictions. He was able to live a full life that seemed impossible.
By entering into Daniel’s story, you can learn to tackle life’s challenges with grace and creativity—let him show you how to see your life through Christ’s eyes.
My Affliction for His Glory is a meaningful and stirring reflection on Christian faithfulness in the midst of life’s trials. In it, Daniel Ritchie draws upon his experience of suffering to help us find our hope and Christ no matter how difficult the circumstances or deep the doubts. I enjoyed every moment of it and came away challenged in my walk with the Lord. Highly recommended.
—Bruce Riley Ashford, provost and professor of theology & culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of Every Square Inch and One Nation under God
My Affliction for His Glory is a wonderful, easy-to-read, combination of biblical truth and biography. In these pages, you will find the gospel richly woven through the many inspiring, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious stories of Daniel’s journey, in which he has learned to trust God and navigate life without arms. We are reminded that no matter what hand we have been dealt in life, that “our pain gives us a platform.” And despite the numerous challenges, criticisms and opportunities to throw in the towel, Daniel’s story is a platform which beautifully shows off the glory of Christ. No matter how difficult your life has been, you will be inspired and blessed by this book.
—Adam Ramsey, network director for Acts 29 Australia/New Zealand, lead pastor of Liberti Church
Though this book may help overcome life’s obstacles, that isn’t what it’s about. Ritchie redeems the often short-sighted genre of Christian Living with a gospel-saturated biography that covers many areas of the Christian life compressed into a very concise and entertaining read.
—Timothy J. Trudeau, CEO of Syntax Creative; GRAMMY-nominated producer; guest writer for Desiring God, CCM Magazine, and Rapzilla
“Contentment in Christ exists when the circumstances of our lives are secondary to the beauty and glory of Jesus Himself. Contentment and comfort in Christ result only when we see Him as our ultimate joy. It is by setting our affections on Him, His character, and His cross that we can have our hearts stably resting in Him. That’s when we taste true contentment in seasons of grace and in the midst of heartache.” (Page 30)
“If anything sticks with you after you finish this book, I pray it is this: Christ is better. He is better than your sin. He is better than any of your relationships. He is better than your most glorious victories or your darkest defeats. Surrendering my life to Him was the sweetest victory that I have ever tasted. Nothing is better than knowing I have been adopted by Christ to do His work and that I can trust my life to a perfect Heavenly Father. I pray that is true for you as well—may the pages of this book help you taste and see that the Lord is truly good.” (Pages 2–3)
“Yet, the moment I anchor my life in Christ, I am instantly different than the rest of the world. I no longer think like the rest of the world. I do not chase after the things that the world wants. I do not find my security in things that moth or rust can destroy. The believer is set free from the pressures of the world while, at the same time, becoming different than the world. The believer must take comfort in being set apart from the rest of this world.” (Pages 40–41)
“I pray that my story will allow you to see that God does not operate according to human logic. The Scriptures are littered with people who never should have found a way out of their circumstances: Joseph, Moses, David, Ruth, Job, and Paul were all people who should have been defeated by the enormities they all faced. Yet, God triumphed in the lives of each of these people. God doesn’t say ‘never.’” (Page 2)
Daniel Ritchie is a speaker and writer from Huntersville, North Carolina, who has contributed to such publications as Desiring God and For the Church. He has 10 years of experience in student ministry and a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and the history of ideas from the College at Southeastern. He and his wife, Heather, have two children.