Living Through Pain
Psalms and the Search for Wholeness


Living through Pain charts the multifaceted personal and social problems caused by chronic pain. While its focus is on the biblical Psalms and how those texts wrestle with and speak out of the experience of pain, this book also surveys professional efforts to mitigate and manage pain. Chronic pain affects all aspects of a person — body, mind, spirit, and community. With this book, readers are invited to listen to ancient texts that do not differentiate body from mind or spirit from social experience for new wisdom, perspective, and insight. Swenson’s close reading of selected psalms from the Hebrew Bible demonstrates that the challenge of living through pain is timeless. Living through Pain chronicles how these ancient texts offer a vocabulary and grammar for understanding and expressing contemporary experiences of pain. With this book, readers consider what is involved in the process of healing.

Listen to Kristin discuss Living through Pain with Sarah McConnell on Virginia’s only statewide public radio show “With Good Reason.”