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"Many books similar to 'God Is Not Fair' have been written recently, but Freeman's work is especially noteworthy. Rather than easy, pat answers, Freeman offers solid biblical responses. At each chapter's end he asks pointed questions that help readers come to grips with their feelings and reflect on the truth of God's word. In easy-to-understand terms, this compact book explains a profound theological mystery. After finishing this book readers will have the courage to face life's seemingly unfair circumstances and to have faith in God's absolute wisdom and justice."
-- Bookstore Journal

As a Christian psychiatrist, I have counseled literally hundreds of men, women, and children who have been bitterly angry at God for being unfair. The basic reason is always the same: God, in His sovereignty, either allowed or caused something to happen to these people that they would not have allowed if they were in God's position. The angry at God for not letting them be in absolute control. This attitude stems from the basic sin of arrogance and pride.

What really astounds me is that even though I consider myself an enlightened human being who meditates on God's Word daily, I also get angry with God from time to time for not running my life circumstances the way I would like. Because I am human I will always do this to some extent, but I have learned what to do when I develop this attitude of arrogance.

In this book, Joel Freeman does an excellent job of gently knocking the wind out of our arrogant, "God isn't fair" sails. His personal vulnerability helps us to understand that we aren't unique in having these thoughts, and he gives us an uplifting glimpse of God's overall plan, showing us that our limited understanding insufficiently qualifies us for determining what is fair or unfair.

Paul Meier, M.D.
Meier Clinics
Wheaton, IL --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


A MASTERPIECE ON SUFFERING "In the midst of a very terrible time in my life, I stumbled across this book. It blew me away. I have read many, many books on suffering and dealing with life's tragedies. This one is different in that it does not simply regurgitate the standard pat answers to why suffering exists and what to do when it happens ("Trials are actually a blessing! They'll make you a better person! Embrace them!" -- Give me a break.). Joel Freeman avoids preachy, sanctimonious language and never gets condescending. I received practical strategies for dealing with not only suffering and grief but the accompanying feelings of unfairness and "God's absence" that go along with those feelings. My faith in God was strengthened by my having read this book." -- Harriet, a satisfied reader   **********


"When I became paralyzed in a diving accident, I felt that God owed me explanations. My questions were not unlike those of most people who suffer. With wit and disarming style, Joel Freeman helps us find at least some of those answers." -- Joni Eareckson Tada, Author and Speaker   **********


"I was going through treatment for cancer and if one more person gave me some syrupy sweet, overly illustrated, "overly Job," candy coated, "shut-up-and-put-up-God-can-do-what-He-wants-so-you-have-no-right-to-feel-anger-or-grief-or-confusion" books I was going to go insane. Then I stumbled on this book and it blew me away. It packs a powerful message that helps answer questions, but also helps you learn to deal with life's problems." -- Emma, a reader   **********


"Joel Freeman's acceptance and care speaks to the heart of many who search for meaning and purpose. In touch with human suffering and pain, his personal faith is witness to God's mercy and love. Freeman's moving message in the book 'God Is Not Fair' is one of profound hope." -- Barry Estadt, Ph.D., Chairman, Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University   **********


"'God Is Not Fair' is one of the best, commentaries to date on the heartaches, trials, and tribulations people experience during life's journey. As I dug deeper into this masterpiece on suffering, I saw this book as a means of producing blessing, peace, and assurance to every intellectual level and age group." -- Jack Van Impe, Author and Speaker   **********


"I have just got done reading your book "God Is Not Fair." I wanted to tell you just how much I enjoyed your book. Of all the ones I've read, it has given me the most insight to suffering. The examples and illustrations are excellent and hit home! The questions at the end of the chapters are very helpful to see how I feel. It is one of those books I will read again and again." -- Frank, a reader, Austin, Texas  **********


"I have just finished reading your book, "God Is Not Fair," and honestly believe it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I would have traded my entire life for this book 25 years ago." -- A reflective prisoner, Vevay, Indiana --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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