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Where Is God When It Hurts? (Revised) [Paperback]

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This perennial best-seller, now in a revised and expanded edition, includes a study guide. The book and study materials focus on the role of pain in God's plan for life and how we can respond to it.

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If there is a loving God, then why is it that ... ?You've heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain.Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world's mainspring and now is watching from a distance?In this Gold Medallion Award--winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain---physical, emotional, and spiritual---and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn't know what to say.

Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2002
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310245729  
EAN  9780310245728  
UPC  025986245726  

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Why grace is so amazing.  Jan 12, 2007
This book is very revealing to the reader of the special aspect of being a Christian, which is being a dispenser as well as a receiver of grace. So much of the Christianity portrayed today is the exact opposite. We see more often the Christian faith portrayed as a religious form, political arm, and unloving attitude. This book is a real insight into the Christian faith of how to be a true follower of Christ who cared so much about individuals, especially those who were not self righteous, but fallen and in need of grace to restore their lives.
Easily the premier book on the subject of pain and suffering  Dec 21, 2006
This great work by Phil Yancey was the Christian book of the year in the 70's, and has lasted the test of time. This is easily the best book on the subject of pain and suffering that I have read; it's teachings are on the mark and scriptural.

Yancey nails it when he writes that the suffering in this world is a democracy; that we are all part of it, we all suffer, and we all can help. He makes some fine points considering all areas of the subject. He clearly balances the sovereignty of God and His will with our blessings as His children and our works. He hits on sowing and reaping, as well as the fact that just like Job, sometimes bad things happen to us not as a direct result of anything we did. What I like best is Yancey dives right in, going to Leper colonies and interviewing with people who have suffered life-time dehabilitating injuries. It's interesting to see how they've coped and how they view God, and how their suffering has changed their personal relationship with God.

Indeed suffering is universal, yet there is no universal answer behind the causes of it or how to deal with it. I've heard pastors preach that people have died because they smoked cigarrettes, or got a sexually transmitted disease because of permiscuous sex. But the question begs to be asked, what about those who did those things and didn't die? Is it different for a Christian as opposed to a non-Christian? What man on this earth walks close enough with God to have the power to decide what sin resulted in what judgment? If earthquakes are a judgment from God,... are headaches a judgment from God too?

And it's certainly an issue that none of us should be pompous about. One reviewer gave this book a one-star rating, saying that "God gives suffering when believers desecrate his house." This is a type of religious crap that this book dispells. Isn't it true that none of us are righteous; even our righteous acts are like filthy rags to the Lord? Then are we categorizing sin by saying that homosexuality can destroy a nation, but the hateful attitude of a right-wing pastor cannot? If Christians who tithe are to be blessed by God, then why have some 'tithers' went bankrupt, while some athiests (and Christian false-teachers) become million-aires? Did 9/11 happen because of the liberal and homosexual communities, as said Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson? Or did it in fact happen because W and the family have gotten in bed financially with Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations, none of which give a rats a__ about America, and even profited from 9/11 when America spent billions on weapons and defense programs..... run by Saudis.

Only a true biblical view of the causes and lessons of suffering can help our walk with God to be more fruitful. You'll find no faith/health/prosperity quick fixes in this one. You'll also find nobody on this earth who knows all the answers. This book definitely gives power to that journey with Jesus Christ, however.

Just wondering.... a reviewer of this book has declared a "Chinese victory over the USA", and that China is a 'more Christian nation'. Woa, dude. They must have better drugs in China too, apparently.
God Is Always Right By Our Side.  Nov 9, 2006
This was a good book to deal with the problem of feeling all alone or as if God is not near. The scriptures point out that He is always near us and feels our pain.
A New Perspective on Pain and Suffering  Aug 17, 2006
This book does nothing to remove pain from a believer's life, and it does not give any instructions or quick fixes as to how to do so. What it provides is a new perspective on pain, one from a God-centered viewpoint rather than a man-centered viewpoint. The author sympathizes with the reader who may be suffering, but then continues to give new, biblical insights that identify pain as a blessing from God to a sinful, broken world.

My wife purchased this title for the church library -- I'll probably buy one for my own collection. It's a classic treatment of pain and suffering -- the best of which I am aware.
China's Victory Over the USA will make you ask THIS QUESTION  May 24, 2006
The Chinese victory over the USA will make you ask this question. What's wrong with America? Thousands of things. USA dishonors Christ through its sexual immorality. Look at the rampant pre-marital sex in America. Don't tell me that America is a Holy Nation or a Christian Nation. It's not. China is more pure. We illegalize homosexuality and forbid pre-marital sex. China is a more pure nation. Christian writers don't seem to care about the purity of America. Mr. Philip Yancey hasn't written one book on it. I rest my case.

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