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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310205441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310205449
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I know of no Christian writer since Bonhoeffer whose ruthless honesty and personal faith inspire his literary work.' -- Brennan Manning, , Author

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In today's world we are more preoccupied with solving our problems than with finding God. We've got things backward, says Dr. Larry Crabb. Instead of using God to solve our problems, we need to use our problems to find God.

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One of the most imprtant books I have ever read.
Dave
This book changed my life, but not in the way I expected it to, Praise God!
Michele Hixon (davidhixon@netscape.net)
I'm reading this book by Larry for the second time.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, I'm not sure that I have the ability to express my sentiments and thoughts any better than the other reviewers here, but with the hope of perhaps affecting one reader, I'll share a slightly different experience...
I read this book at a time when my life was falling apart. My marriage was in shambles, my business was bordering bankruptcy, my faith was wavering, and I didn't know what else to do or where else to turn. I didn't know whether or not to pray scriptures, get on my knees 3 times/day, get counseling, rebuke Satan, start fasting, give more money to church, or drop down and just want to die.
The point is that many of these things are well and good in and of themselves, but they have very little to do with understanding and trusting God. He's not a magic Geenie, He's not here for our personal material comforts, and much of today's teachings about God seem to lead us toward Him with the expectation that He'll solve our problems and make things better here on earth.
Dr. Larry Crabb truly puts life's difficulties into perspective and certainly helped me to turn to the Lord and turn away from trying to use "tricks" to get Him to do what I want. That alone is worth all of the pain and suffering I've been through.
Hope this helps. God Bless.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michele Hixon (davidhixon@netscape.net) on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has tremendous impact, because it corrects our view of God, ourself and our problems. It describes how we relate to Him and others based on these views. Excellent examples are used.
FINDING GOD is not just something you sit back and read. It requires decision-making. At times this book can be really infuriating and the level of trust required by God can seem completely unreasonable. Yet the author is always encouraging, convincing us of how badly we want to trust God in that no-holds-barred way.
This book changed my life, but not in the way I expected it to, Praise God! I initially purchased the book looking for relief from anxiety and depression. I wanted to feel better. What I got was a way closer to God and a level of trust in Him I didn't even know I was missing. My response to my problems has slowly changed as my trust has grown. This may have alleviated some anxiety. That's not really my focus anymore, so it's hard to measure. But I am happy. And the WHYs are pretty much gone.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr Glenn C Misztal on February 3, 1999
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The whole message of this book is that we shouldn't be concerned with our problems, instead we should focus more on our relationship with God In doing this, we can get to know him better by helping us through our problems.
A book that has definately helped me not question "Why God?", but accept that he is doing what is best for me in my life.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronald M. Furgerson on April 16, 2001
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I read this challenging book during a time of personal hurt and questioning. It helped me see that the answers to questions concerning why things happen as they do are not as important as the Christ who came as The Answer. I learned that our feeble attempts to manipulate and control God by our prayers and whining will not work -- we must accept the fallen-ness of our world and through faith in God's ultimate goodness we find Him. Very thought provoking and inciteful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2003
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Finding God speaks honestly and openly about the pain and hardship in our circumstances. Larry Crabb writes about the hurt in the loss of his brother in a plane crash and how this pain has impacted his walk with Christ. He lends his own insights as to the why and the answers God won't provide as well as what He does provide.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave on February 15, 2001
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This is as essential as Covey's 7 Habits book. God used this book in my life so much that if you don't like it I will buy your copy and get it away to someone else. One of the most imprtant books I have ever read. - DaveDavidson.com
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2012
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I originally listened to the Audible.com version of this book - twice. Then read it. The following are excerpts taken from a blog post I wrote after reading the book. You can find the original post at on my blog at daddytude dot com.

Dr. Crabb opens the book with the story of his brother's death in a plane crash and his subsequent grief and struggle with making sense of this. Obviously this story leaped into my heart - for this is the scenario I've been wrestling with.

How would I deal with the loss of one of my children? How does one make sense when someone close dies prematurely? My Wonderful Wife? How would my children fare if I were to die or be killed? Would I, could I trust God to sustain me and/or my family through the aftermath? Could I trust that God is Good if He "allowed" this to happen? Why would a "good" god allow this?
When would the pain end? Who is able to experience this sort of loss, and carry on? and so forth, and so one, et cetera - the questions are endless....

It's impossible for me to share with you the explicit answers he explains in this book, or to do those words justice, without simply cutting and pasting the entire text of the book below - and that would be foolish. Suffice it to say, I agree with the reviews of this book which are overwhelmingly positive.

Too often in the past, I have "medicated" my pain, confusion, fear, and sorrow. Sometimes the medication is warranted, like taking ibuprofen for a headache, or sleeping when I'm tired, but too often I have sought remedies that were mere anesthetics. Self-medication through drugs, alcohol, TV, food, and even more harmful activities. Dr. Crabb suggests this is because I don't trust God and I don't believe Him to be good.
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