Summary

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.
©2008 Allison Bottke (P)2011 Zondervan
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By Mrs. F J. Munro on 13-04-13

Inspirational encouragement

This book is a wonderful encouragement to Christians who are in the midst of painful circumstances, wondering where God is and whether He has abandoned them. Phillip Yancey gives a number of perspectives on pain and suffering which cast a helpful light on how suffering can be purposeful and have eternal meaning. He resists trite explanations which end up adding salt to the wound and trivialising or invalidating the pain, but caringly and sensitively draws our attention to God's faithful and sovereign involvement in the midst of their pain. To be thoroughly recommended whether or not you are in pain.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jide on 06-01-13

Fabulous

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I would highly recommend this book, for Christians and non Christians yet.

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By Scott Young on 03-08-12

Why Pain and Suffering are Necessary

Where does Where Is God When It Hurts? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very thorough book on the theology of pain. Godly people have reasons why a good person is suffering, but are not accurate in their views of God.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Darren on 26-03-18

A Must Read

As a True Life Christian whose gone through his share of suffering (the greatest of which I was just a couple of weeks past my 18th birthday when I suffered a traumatic brain injury & 1 month coma), this book comes highly recommended by me! It is not that we go looking for the path that we think could bring us the most pain, but gives you the hope to deal with it with Jesus at the center of your life.

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