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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825428106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825428104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The beauty of this book is that it goes against some unbiblical thinking today, from the philosophy that we should run away from trials instead of learning through them to the idea that trials such as depression are sinful. The book should give solid encouragement from Scripture to anyone facing difficulties. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter and an appendix of suggestions for small groups make the work a good Bible study. Endnotes and a Scripture index round out the contents." (Baptist Bulletin 2006-01-01)

Hutchison reminds the reader that the battle for peace in the midst of trial is won or lost in our minds. How well we know God and how clearly we understand His purposes will drive our responses to difficulty. The biblical principles are well-described and practical for everyday life. The author has included discussion questions at the end of each chapter that make it an excellent choice for a small group. (Michael Queen American Association of Chr. Counselors. 2007-07-01) --1

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Somewhere ahead, just around the corner—or perhaps staring you in the eye—life will present you with a trial or suffering that will threaten to derail your reliance on God and upset your mental equilibrium. Whether you are in the midst of a trial that threatens to overwhelm you, or you just want to be prepared for what might be, here is the encouragement you need to keep your mind focused and your heart centered.

With the heart of a pastor and the mind of a Bible teacher, John Hutchison provides a guide that helps Christians understand biblical passages about trials and suffering. Explaining how these truths relate to our own lives, Hutchison also gives us the means to develop a thinking process that can prepare us for difficult times and minimize the shock and paralysis of soul-crushing events.

“Beautiful in its concept and shape and scriptural fidelity, Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong tells us how ‘joy and woe are woven fine’ to strengthen our faith and glorify God. As such it is richly biblical, refreshingly countercultural, and immensely practical.”

—R. Kent Hughes
Pastor, College Church
Wheaton, IL

“Addressing a subject as intensely personal—and painful—as hardships and heartaches is daunting. But John succeeds by combining the warmth and experience of a trusted pastor, the precision of a skilled theologian, and the wisdom of a lifelong student of God’s Word.”

—Dr. Charles H. Dyer
Provost and Dean of Education, Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL

John Hutchison (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.Div. and Th.M., Western Conservative Baptist Seminary) is professor of Bible exposition at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), where he has taught for more than fifteen years. Before that, he served as pastor of various churches for sixteen years. He has written several journal articles. This is his first book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Charness on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I can't praise Dr. Hutchison's book enough.

As a pastor & licensed marriage and family therapist I have worked in the field of human suffering for over 20 years and I can wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Hutchison's "Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong." This is a major step forward in the integration of theology and psychology to explain why God allows suffering, pain, and sorrow to exist in our fallen world. Dr. Hutchison does this by giving us, in his own words, the "bigger picture, bigger story" view of the subject through scripture, personal experiences of his own, and years of pastoral ministry to those who are hurting.

This is a book that will equip you to deal with life's toughest issues whether you are a pastor, counselor or someone currently living through a fiery trial of your own.

Dr. Hutchison's sensitive approach to suffering so personally ministered to me, I was blessed to read it.

Rev. Bob Charness
M.A. Min., M.A. MFCC
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerald D. Mclaughlin on January 4, 2006
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As one who served the public for a number of years in the capacity of a professional firefighter, I have seen many individuals who were facing a major crisis in their lives.

Often they responded with hopelessness and dispair and could

see no purpose for what they were going through.

The book: "Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong" by Dr. John

Hutchison could serve as a prepatory "manual" for just such

occasions. I highly recommend John's book, not just for those

who are currently in the midst of anguish and suffering -- but

for anyone who would desire to be equipped with a biblically based attitude and thought process BEFORE those trials occur.

Since I have progressed a considerable distance down the "road of life", I found chapter 5 -("It's All About You, Lord") and

chapter 6 - ("What a Privilege") to be especially thought provoking. The book is a very good "write" and a very good "read".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Richards, MD on December 1, 2005
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Having gone through difficult times, I really didn't feel like reading about trials, but this book was Wonderful!!! Dr Hutchison's book is easy to read and I found myself unable to put the book down. It's practical but also challenges your suppositions about why difficulties occur. My faith was strengthened and his applications from Scriptures has stayed with me. Excellent for any circumstances you are unprepared for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Honda on November 28, 2008
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My small group Bible study went through "Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong" earlier this year. The questions at the end of the chapters facilitated meaningful discussion, as our answers often led to relating our own experiences with trials and difficulties. I benefited immeasurably from Dr. Hutchison's beautifully-crafted teaching, coupled with the opportunity to go through his book with a group of fellow believers. I would highly recommend reading this book, particularly within the context of a small group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Perri Houze on July 13, 2011
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This book has reminded me that we can indeed take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. We do have the choice to think right. There is an abundance of Scripture backing up every chapter, as well as real life situations that bring the process home. This book is also an excellent small group study. We have increased our numbers each week since starting. I anticipate that this class we be one of the favorites at our Wednesday night study groups. I look for God to do a great work through this book.
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