Phillip Yancey, “Where Is God When It Hurts?”
“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. Many suffering people want to love God, but cannot see past their tears, says Philip Yancey. They feel hurt and betrayed. Sadly, the church often responds with more confusion than comfort. Yancey’s best-known book, Where is God When It Hurts? will speak to anyone for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it should help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain, but just doesn’t know what to say.
“I know firsthand that pain and paralysis sometimes seem to push away the presence of God. To ask ‘Where Is God When It Hurts?’ is honest, reasonable even. And thank the Lord, Philip Yancey puts our questions into perspective, helping us find out exactly where God really is when we hurt.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada
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