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Is God Really in Control? Trusting God in a World of Hurt Paperback – January 11, 2006
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Using Scripture and quoting other writers, many of them Puritan writers, Bridges grapples with the problem of understanding how a good God who is sovereign can allow, and sometimes initiate, suffering through humans, nature, and accidents.
"(I)t often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him....The circumstances in which we must trust God often appear irrational and unreasonable....Obeying God is worked out within well-defined boundaries of God's revealed will. But trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no boundaries." (p.21)
Bridges confronts questions about God's goodness, His sovereignty, His wisdom, and our responsibility. Then he goes beyond the questions to apply Scripture to our times of hurt and confusion, helping us to accept our hardships and to grow spiritually.
His approach is very readable. He leans toward Calvinism in his acceptance of all things arising from the hand of God, and, though he does not excuse sin in human beings who bring us grief and pain, he suggests ways of dealing with our resentment, hurt, and anger against them. He promotes both recognizing God's sovereignty and our responsibility with a good discussion of prudence. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making it easier to use in a group setting, as well as in private study.Read more ›
One of the things I appreciate about all his writings, and this book in particular, is that he does not settle for easy or pat answers. He does not just say, "God's in control so cheer up!". He is especially helpful in discussing what it looks like to trust God in times of adversity. "Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us." (pp. 129).
Each chapter ends with some discussion questions to think through the material from that chapter, which makes it a great book both for personal study and for small group usage. Bridges writes in a clear and understandable fashion and includes helpful illustrations for many of his points.
"Our God is glorious, and in this book we've been looking at three features of that glory: His sovereignty, His wisdom, and His goodness. Because of these, we can trust Him.Read more ›
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Timeless truths based on sound scripture references. A much needed reminder during these troubling timesPublished 8 months ago by K.M.W.
If you have ever wondered why life is so full of pain and trials, this is the book to help you. Jerry has a keen knack of using Scripture to help us see that whether we understand... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sue P. Redens
Jerry Bridges consistently goes top Scripture to bring clarity to hard questions. I appreciate the way he organized the book and gives good discussion questions to apply God's Word... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by MamaG
Bridges attempts to answer the problem of evil and suffering by saying that God is in control and is ultimately working out everything for good. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by John Daniel Holloway
Bridges makes no attempt to come up with easy answers. But he poses some excellent discussion points. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Bill H
This book has been very helpful in my spiritual journey and reading my Bible all the way though this year.Published on December 9, 2012 by Mary Lois Kanatzar
Once again this Navigator uses his knowledge of Scripture to encourage the reader's trust in the Lord God. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Carleen R. Ellis
Dr. Bridges has once again ably addressed a needful topic on the soverignty of God. I highly recommend this book to anyone!Published on May 28, 2007 by Amazon Customer