Where Is God When It Hurts?

Where Is God When It Hurts?

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An inspirational classic for more than thirty years, Where Is God When It Hurts? honestly explores pain--from physical wounds to emotional and spiritual pain--and sheds new light on God's presence in our suffering.

"How can a loving God allow this to happen? God is either all-loving or all-powerful, but he can't be both."

You've heard that question, and perhaps you've even asked it yourself. When a loved one dies, we receive a terminal diagnosis, or natural disasters strike, people often wonder whether God is the cause of suffering and why he doesn't immediately take away the pain or fix the situation. As a result, we become angry at the once-beloved God who betrayed us.

In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, bestselling author Philip Yancey uses examples from the Bible and from his own experiences to show us how we can learn to accept--without blame, anger, or fear--that which we don't understand. Along the way, he answers questions such as:

Why is there such a thing as pain?
Is pain a message from God?
How should we respond to suffering?
How can we learn to cope with pain?

With over one million copies already sold, Where Is God When It Hurts? speaks to everyone who thinks that suffering doesn't make sense. With compassion and clarity, Yancey brings us one step closer to finding an answer when our pain, or the pain of those we love, is real and we are left wondering, where is God when it hurts?

Praise for Where Is God When It Hurts?:

"One of the most helpful treatments of the problem of evil that I've ever read. If I were looking around for something to give to individuals who are going through travail or difficulty, this is the book I'd recommend."

--Dr. Vernon Grounds, former Chancellor of Denver Seminary
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 25 x 25 x 25mm | 453g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • Special edition
  • Anniversary Edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0310245729
  • 9780310245728
  • 81,907

Back cover copy

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.
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Table of contents

Preface ... 9 1. A Problem That Won't Go Away ... 15 PART ONE Why Is There Such a Thing as Pain? 2. The Gift Nobody Wants... 25 3. Painless Hell ... 37 4. Agony and Ecstasy ... 47 PART TWO Is Pain a Message from God? 5. The Groaning Planet ... 61 6. What Is God Trying to Tell Us? ... 75 7. Why Are We Here? ... 87 8. Arms Too Short to Box with God ... 103 PART THREE How People Respond to Suffering 9. After the Fall ... 117 10. On My Feet Dancing ... 131 11. Other Witnesses... 143 12. Extreme Cases ... 153 How Can We Cope with Pain? 13. Frontiers of Recovery ... 167 14. Fear ... 175 15. Helplessness ... 187 16. Meaning ... 199 17. Hope ... 211 PART FIVE How Does Faith Help? 18. Seeing for Himself ... 225 19. The Rest of the Body ... 239 20. A Whole New World Outside ... 249 Discussion Guide ... 263 Sources ... 281
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About Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey previously served as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards, for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. He lives with his wife in Colorado. Learn more at philipyancey.com.
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