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Why Is God Ignoring Me?: What to Do When It Feels Like He's Giving You the Silent Treatment Paperback – March 1, 2010

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414316887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414316888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In times of trouble and suffering, we cry out to God . . . but sometimes it feels like He doesn’t hear. When we’re walking through pain, it’s easy to feel alone on the journey. If God truly loves us, then why can’t we sense His presence? Has He abandoned us when we need Him most? Or is it possible that He’s speaking into our lives in ways we don’t yet understand?
In Why Is God Ignoring Me? scholar, author, and apologist Gary Habermas walks us through what the Bible has to say about suffering, explains where we can find God in our own times of sorrow and disappointment, and shares heartfelt personal insights from others who’ve been where we are. Why Is God Ignoring Me? gives us the freedom to ask our tough questions . . . and the wisdom to find the answers.

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Dr. Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Research Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Liberty University. He also teaches in the Ph.D. program in theology and apologetics at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned the Ph.D. at Michigan State University and the M.A. from the University of Detroit.

He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirty-nine books and contributed more than sixty-five chapters or articles to other books. He has also written well over one hundred articles and reviews for journals and other publications. While his chief areas of research (and the topic of twenty of his books) are issues related to Jesus' resurrection, he has also published frequently on the afterlife, near death experiences, as well as the subjects of suffering and religious doubt.

Over the past fourteen years, he has often been a visiting or adjunct professor, having taught courses at some fifteen different graduate schools and seminaries in the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Eileen, have seven children and thirteen grandchildren, all of whom live in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Visit Gary Habermas' website (www.GaryHabermas.com) to access many publications as well as video and audio presentations.

Customer Reviews

The answer is, because God does not exist.
Richard Walter Widen
While there was some good information in this book, it was not a favorite read.
Marine Corps Nomad
Sometimes, though we cry out to God, it seems as though He isn't answering.
Baker Mom

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Leathers on March 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I first requested a copy of Gary R. Habermas' book "Why Is God Ignoring Me", it was at a time when I too was going through some tough times in my life. In this book, Gary shares insights of his own struggles with the feeling of silence from God. He shares some of the reasons why we may be experiencing the silence, and also ways that encourage someone to stay strong and not give up. Of course we know that God is always there,but sometimes the answers we are waiting for don't come as quickly as we would like them to. But He always responds in the way that is best for us, according to His will for our life.
Gary has a direct way of pointing to reasons why God will choose to use His silence as an answer. Scripture shows us that no answer to us, is actually an answer according to God. He spares us from the things that will lead us into danger or sometimes even death.
I felt this book was easy to follow and comprehend. It will be helpful for others to read and apply to their lives, also reading it helps to know that what we are going through others have gone through and survived.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dachkl on March 28, 2010
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I recently received Why is God Ignoring Me? by Gary Habermas for review from Tyndale House Publishers. Dr. Habermas is a professor of apologetics and philosophy at Liberty University and is known for his work on the historical case for the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Since high school, I have struggled to figure out what faith looks like when my experience of God's presence is confronted by my experience with the presence of evil and suffering in our world and the seeming silence of God. I've read a number of books on related topics, and was interested in reading this popular work on the subject by an important voice in conservative/apologetic evangelical Christianity.

Habermas' book begins by acknowledging that there is "just enough evidence [about God] to convince, but not enough to coerce" (xiii) and recognizing the tension between what we believe (and once experienced) about God and the silence or absence that characterizes much of our existence. Throughout the book, Habermas discusses topics such as supernatural events, relevant biblical texts, and the practice of prayer to defend the reality of God's presence despite experiences or feelings that might suggest otherwise. When faced with a crisis of faith or a period of spiritual drought, Habermas encourages readers to turn to examples of Biblical accounts of those who held on to faith despite God remaining unseen, engage in the practice of spiritual disciplines, and reflect on what one knows to be true (or what has been known to be true in the past) even in times of doubt or disbelief.

Habermas' argument and starting point is consistent throughout: God is real even if we may not always experience that reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom2 on March 28, 2010
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I recently had the opportunity to review Why is God Ignoring Me? by Gary R. Habermas on behalf of Tyndale Publishing. Often times, suffering situations cause us to look at God and doubt His heart towards us. I thought this book might provide some good insight into where God is in the midst of suffering.

The book opened with the author sitting by his wife of 23 years bedside as she lay dying of cancer. I was "pleased" that the author of the book has been through suffering and would be talking not only from theological theory but also from real life experience.

After reading the book, I would have to give it a 2 out of 5. It is filled with TONS of truth but I personally felt it was lacking in some areas and that depending on where people are at in their process the book could cause them to have more questions then answers. I personally, would not feel comfortable giving the book to my family members who are in the early stages of the grieving process. I believe this book is more appropriate for people a few steps removed from the grieving process, or for people who think God are ignoring them for reasons other than death.

Finally, one frustrating part for me was that he had many points where he would make a very bold statements and then would say, "I'll address the reasons that support that statement in a chapter later in the book." He did this at least 4 times throughout the book. When I would read the statement, I wouldn't feel comfortable agreeing with him because it wasn't supported and then I would forget what the statement was so I never knew for sure if he supported everything he declared as true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Falvo VINE VOICE on March 5, 2010
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The book Why is God Ignoring Me? by Gary R. Habermas was not what I expected, but in a good way. I don't know what I was expecting. I think what I was expecting was a book full of all those times in our lives when we feel that God is ignoring us and a chapter of "but wait...here's God." What I got was an entire book of "here's God!" From the first chapter, Habermas is showing where God is active in our lives, that God is not ignoring us. Sometimes, according to Habermas, God's presence is supernatural (Chapter 1). Sometimes, God's presence is a "love letter" (Chapter 2).

Parts of the book made me think. Chapter 5, for example, gave conditions for God answering prayer. At first I thought, "Wait a minute, that doesn't sound right." I got hung up on the word "conditions." But by the end of the chapter, I was in agreement with Habermas as there are conditions to the answer of prayer.

Chapter 6 was the one I found most interesting. This chapter is about spiritual disciplines and how they draw us closer to God. I think the reason I was drawn to this chapter was I have never been very good at the spiritual disciplines. But it made me think outside the box that is my preconceived notions; that maybe my spiritual disciplines fall under what Habermas labels as "Other Disciplines."

I did take issues with one statement from Habermas. This statement comes from the chapter three during a discussion of God's answering of prayers. It might seem like a small thing, it might seem that I'm being nit-picky, but for some reason it just bothered me. Habermas states, "Second, the prayers in the Bible, even those of the greatest saints, were not always answered." (43) The issue I have with this statement is, I believe that God always answers prayers...
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