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When God Doesn't Make Sense Hardcover – July 2, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; First Edition edition (July 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842382275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842382274
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs, heard by more than 200 million people every day. He is seen on 80 television stations daily in the U.S. A licensed psychologist and licensed marriage, family, and child counselor, he is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and is the father of two grown children, Danae and Ryan. He resides in Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is basically a simple, yet profound book on Christian suffering.
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Although I have just began to read the book, it has proven to be a really good read.
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This book can tell me all the answers that a had about things happening in my life.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By mjanke on November 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
The problem of pain. It's a hard topic and it's been tackled by wiser men than he, but Dobson gives it his best shot here and does a surprisingly nice job. This book won't blow away anyone's mind with new philosophical or theological insights, but it does give the average Christian a really good handbook on the subject of suffering. Why bad things do happen to Christians, what the Bible says about this, what the Bible DOESN'T say about it, and where God is in the midst of the suffering and confusion. As Dobson says, it's virtually guaranteed that every Christian will, at one time or another in their life, experience a tragedy that is powerful enough to rock their faith to its core. It is in that time when we need to be assured of what exactly it is that we believe about God, His love, and His promises. This book is a great preparation for that eventuality, and a really good salve for the Christian who currently is wounded and in need of being picked up. Four stars, and a recommendation to those who can't find a copy of Philip Yancey's Disappointment With God.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Although I'm not a huge Dobson fan, I think that he really accomplishes a lot with this book. It is very readable and is extremely helpful in getting one to realize that although God doesn't "make sense" all of the time, we are still able to trust him and rely on him as a totally loving & caring God.

One significant point that Dobson makes is that it is unrealistic for us to expect God to answer all of our prayers and make life easy for us. If God answered all Christian's prayers immediately, we Christians would never die, get sick, lose jobs, have cars break down, etc.! Everybody would want to become a Christian just for the benefits! God isn't a sugar daddy who caters to our desires - he is a sovereign God who ALLOWS things to happen to us, usually for our own development & growth
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Megan Long on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
An incredible book that faces tough questions for those of you who believe in Him yet are struggling through a difficult situation with no easy answers. It reaches deep to the heart and allows a heart of sorrow to turn into a heart of courage and trust.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Dobson has written many wonderful books, but I consider this one to be the best for me. So many things in our lives just don't make sense, but as long as we believe that God is in charge of everything and that all things happen for a reason we will be fine. This book has help me to see myself as a ring laying in the middle of God's hand and all his fingers surround me like shields. Nothing comes through those shields that he does not permit. Now when things get a little rough in my life I just remember, "I'm laying in the middle of God's hand and he's going to protect me." Thank-you
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is awesome. We learn that God is in control of our life. Most of the time when we're experiencing difficulties in our life, we begin to questioning Him, whether or not He's there for us. The book taught us that God has a wonderful plan for each of us. Sometimes it doesn't look good if viewed from human perspectives. But He has His own way! Just believe and obey Him, and He will prove us that His plan is the most wonderful thing that will happen to us.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Christopher on August 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I come across this book in a very crucial moment in my life and reading this book gave the strenght that I needed to carry on. In several occasion I cried because the histories are real and touching. My heart was very sore, my mind confused because of so many things happening but as I read the book, I have learned that God is God and in control of everything.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best of Dr Dobson yet. This book helped me keep anchored in God's goodness and promises at a time when my life appeared to have come to a complete halt. Dr Dobson does not patronize anyone, but commiserates how we feel and how easy it is to lose faith in God when things come crashing down. Thank you Dr for such a warm and touching spirit and wonderful book. I recommend this book to anyone who is believing that our Lord has abandoned him when he needs Him most. A definite "10" for believers and nonbelievers alike
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book shows us that certain bad things happen in our lives that makes us wonder and ask the question "WHY?". And this book helps us how to deal with that question, and helps us accept those things and move on. It's point of view for me is that the only reason why "God doesn't make sense" is because we are not God, but only His children. How can we be able to understand someone so omnipotent when we hardly understand each other as human beings. Yet he understands us all and all we can really depend on is our faith in Him as our Creator, as our God, and as our loving Father who is the only one who knows what's best for us, His children.
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