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How to respond in faith to life's minor disappointments and major tragedies. Whether it's a devastating natural disaster half a world away or a tragic accident involving a beloved family member, we all face troubles, trials, and tragedies every day. How will we respond? When terrorists strike or storms hit or relationships break down, we all search for the same answers: Why? Where is God in all of this? Is God really in control? Best-selling author Jerry Bridges, one of the most trusted Christian authors of our time, helps you wrestle with these questions in the clear light of the Scriptures. As a result, you can learn to understand and trust God's wisdom, love, and sovereignty in the midst of the little disappointments and the big tragedies. And you can experience comfort and hope by exploring the greater purposes of an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God.

About the Author

Dr. Jerry Bridges is the best-selling author of such books as The Pursuit of Holiness, The Practice of Godliness, and Transforming Grace. Jerry is on staff with The Navigators' collegiate ministry. A popular speaker known around the world, Jerry lives with his wife, Jane, in Colorado Springs, CO.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576839311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where is God when life is falling apart? From Job on, people have asked this question when their souls have been in anguish. Jerry Bridges supplies answers in Bridges writes for "the average person who has not necessarily experienced major catastrophe but who does frequently encounter the typical adversities and heartaches of life". (p. 11)

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.
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Jerry Bridges originally wrestled with these issues in his 1988 book, Trusting God. He continues to ask tough questions. How does what we believe about God fit in with our experiences of life in a fallen world that is filled with disappointments, pains, trials and even sometimes tragedies? How do we reconcile our understanding that the Bible teaches that God is good and that God is sovereign (in control of all things), when, as the old book title says, bad things happen to good people? Bridges is a man who has known sorrow, having lost his first wife to illness, and having suffered himself with many physical afflictions. Yet he also has spent a lifetime learning to know his God through the Scriptures and prayer. His books have been, for me, continuously helpful and Biblical in my own walk.

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.
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As with all books from Jerry Bridges, this book is also firmly rooted in the scriptures. Bridges masterfully confronts questions about God's goodness, His sovereignty, His wisdom, and our responsibility. But I want you to know that this book is derived from his earlier classic "Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts" (ISBN-10: 0891096175) which contains all the chapters in this book plus some more wonderful chapters adding up about 60 pages. So, if you are interested in studying this topic in more detail, I suggest you read the earlier book.
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As far as I can tell, this is a reprint of his wonderful book, Trusting God. Quite a few years ago I was challenged to study the character of God. I started with his sovereignty and have never needed to move on. All His attributes are affected by this one.
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WOW! Next to he Bible, this may be the most important book I've ever read! I have been going through a "Job year" (meaning the guy from the Bible, not my employment) and I just "happened" to read "Is God Really In Control." Near the end of my faith and hope, this book reaffirmed that God IS in control! Nothing has come against me that He didn't allow. I have been "fighting" the circumstances (and the devil) for a year (to no avail) and this book allowed me to surrender. To go with the flow. To have the peace that passes all understanding, in the knowledge that all this adversity has been for my good! Some very deep part of me surrendered to God after reading this important work. I will be forever grateful.
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