Triumph Over Suffering

We are the clay; You are the Potter.        – Isaiah 64:8

About The Author

      Celeste Li, M.D., is the author and teacher of Triumph Over Suffering. Raised in a Catholic family and with twelve years of Catholic education, she lived for decades with much head knowledge of Christianity but without a true heart commitment. Her superficial happiness and comfort hid her physical, emotional, and spiritual turmoil, and she did not understand why deep inner peace always eluded her.

     In 2003 when Celeste came to truly know Jesus and surrender her life to Him, Jesus turned her life upside-down so it would be right-side up. He showed her what it meant to live out that head knowledge as His follower, disciple, soldier, and bond-servant. She lives now in triumph over suffering as she walks in His peace through her adversity.

     Celeste is pressing on to seize that for which Christ Jesus seized her. Recognizing that people cannot believe in Him whom they have not heard, she is called to bring the gospel message to a hurting world in desperate need of a Savior.

     An active member of Christ Fellowship Church since 2003, Celeste is currently serving in Christ Fellowship’s Ministry for the Suffering. She also serves with her husband in Christ Fellowship’s Parenting Ministry. Yet she still realizes that her most important God-given calling at this time is to her husband and children. Married in 1989, she is devoted to her husband John, as his partner and bold counterpart. (And, as he lovingly points out, he is equally devoted to her!) Together John and Celeste are fully committed to raising their teenagers, Alec and Jenna, as Christians on fire for the Lord Jesus and following closely in His footsteps.

     Celeste graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1985. Although her specialty initially was Family Medicine, in 1992 she left private practice and entered public health, dedicating her medical work to the care of patients with HIV and AIDS.

     Celeste’s greatest desire is to bring God glory by knowing Jesus intimately and bringing His message of love and salvation to those who are suffering.

         . . . I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him . . . that I may know Him in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings . . .
Phil 3:8-10