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Why?: Making Sense of God's Will [Kindle Edition]

Adam Hamilton
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When the ground shakes, and a poor nation's economy is destroyed; when the waters
rise, washing away a community's hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and
abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God? If God is all powerful, and
if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and
suffering to infest his creation? When we lift our prayers to God, and no answer
seems to come; when we earnestly seek to know the will of God for our lives, yet
can't seem to discern it; when God seems far away; where is God? If God counts the
hairs on our head, and knows every sparrow that falls, why is finding and
understanding God's will so difficult at times?In Why? Making Sense of God's Will
best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of
how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined
assumptions, Hamilton addresses how we can comprehend God's plan for the world and
ourselves. "When it comes to the weightiest problems for our faith, like suffering
and unanswered prayers and God's will, philosophers don't get the job done for me.
But thoughtful pastors do. For me, the one thoughtful pastor who offers wisdom for
our deepest questions is Adam Hamilton. This book is a rare gift and the kind of
book that needs to be close at hand for all Christians. This book proves theology
has to be done by pastors."-Scot McKnight, author of A Community Called Atonement
"As someone for whom the 'Christian answers' I grew up with failed to satisfy the
troubling questions of my adulthood, I deeply appreciate Adam Hamilton's thoughtful
book Why? I recommend this book to anyone who longs to leave behind simplistic
answers and discover a God who invites them into a collaborative process of bringing
redemption, love and hope to a world in desperate need."-Lynne Hybels, author of
Nice Girls Don't Change the World "Unlike many Christian writers these days, Adam
Hamilton does actually make sense of God's will. This is a profoundly satisfying
treatment of common misconceptions about God. Everyone who asks 'Why?' when
confronted with evil, innocent suffering, unanswered prayers, and failure to
perceive God's will should read this book."-Roger Olson, author of Questions to All
Your Answers


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About the Author

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get it Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

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  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XDZOXI
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This week, I read Why?: Making Sense of God's Will by Adam Hamilton. In this short book, Hamilton addresses three questions of theodicy, God's justice in the face of suffering, Why do the innocent suffer? Why do my prayers go unanswered? Why can't I see God's will for my life? He concludes with a few words about Why God's love prevails.

As a pastor, I have spent time studying the history of Christian thought around these questions as well as spending time with people who are asking some of these very same questions. In this book, I found both a few new approaches to responding to these questions and encouragement for my own why questions. I appreciated the clear illustrations, biblical examples and easy to follow structure.

While this book will be helpful for anyone who is struggling with why questions about their faith, I most strongly recommend it for leaders of Christian communities who will interact with people who are trying to make sense of God's presence and action in their life at difficult times. In addition, I believe that you will find, as I did, that the words of this book provided helpful guidance for my life in ways that I was not expecting.

I know that I will refer back to this book again in the future for both personal and professional use.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Answers November 11, 2011
Format:Paperback
How many of us have ever wondered why a loving God has not stepped in and stopped some of the atrocities happening in the world? Why did he allow these things to occur in the first place? World hunger, the holocaust, violence, war, death of children, the insidious diseases like cancer? Why do I have a friend with two children who have both had to have heart transplants? Why do bad things happen to some, and not to others? The list goes on and on.

Adam Hamilton tries to answer some of these questions in Why? Making Sense of God's Will.

From the beginning of the book where he explains that nowhere in the bible are the saints promised a perfect, easy life without any trials, to the end where he reminds us of the speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about how he may not live to see the promised land--a speech that he gave the night before he was assassinated, Adam Hamilton uses real life situations and pastoral examples in trying to provide answers to some of life's most difficult questions.

He admits to not having all of the answers. But he does attempt to provide insight and clarity.

Four topics are discussed:1.Why Do the Innocent Suffer? 2.Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered? 3.Why Can't I see God's Will for My Life? 4.Why God's Love Prevails.

Hamilton asserts that our disappointment with God in the face of tragedy stems from our incorrect assumptions about God and scripture. He further points out that much of the theme of the Holy Bible is about people who hold on to a deep and abiding faith in God in the face of tragedy.

Then he explains that God gave humanity dominion over the planet and all that is in it, he gave us all choice and our natural state is to stray from him.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical direct thorough answers April 4, 2011
Format:Paperback
I liked that this short book of 98 pages and four chapters got immediately to Pastor Hamilton's answers on "Why do we suffer?" "Does everything happen for a reason?" and other timeless questions. He doesn't sugarcoat his answers. He asks us to challenge assumptions. He says God gave us Free Will and consequences to our actions; that God primarily uses people to help each other and he obviously doesn't solve every problem for us, but acts instead as a parent helping, guiding, teaching and sometimes intervening. And, the fourth chapter gives a good summary that God's final will is achieved, and we need to adjust our perspective toward that. Pastor Adam asks us to see a bigger picture on these questions. Good stories and analysis here in a quick read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful and Highly Recommended Book June 20, 2011
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I have been a pastor, Police Chaplain, Army Chaplain, etc. for many years but when our 15 year old granddaughter was killed in a car wreck it was the worst experience in my life. I had a very difficult time making theological sense of what had happened. I went looking for books to help and found only 2 that were realistic, honest, and had what I felt to be spiritual integrity. Adam Hamilton's "Why?" was one of them. I highly recommend his honesty, his spiritual insight, and his pastor's heart. We still struggle at times, but this book is one that I recommend to anyone who is grieving.
Gary E. Holdeman, Pastor
Victory Memorial United Methodist Church
Guymon, OK
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Jim Hix
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Hamilton has once again hit the nail on the head. He addresses common troubling questions such as Where is God when we suffer? Why does God not answer my prayers? How do I discern God's will for my life? Although leaving room for God's mystery, Hamilton does an excellent job of guiding the reader toward realistic answers to these very challenging questions. The book is a quick and easy read, but deep enough to demand frequent re-reads, as we grow through life's trials and tribulations. It is an excellent book for small group study, and I understand that a leader's guide and supporting video are in the works.Why?: Making Sense of God's Will
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Hamilton...
One more lesson to finish in Sunday School. Great read and discussion...Thought provoking.
Published 7 days ago by Suzanne C Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
Anything by Adam Hamilton is excellent!!
Published 9 days ago by Lynn Partington
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Good book, easy read, only 4 chapters. I read this in a church book club so we had the video series to go with it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by rcwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Hamilton invites thoughtful people of faith into a perspective of sense making that few others visit. Good read.
Published 11 days ago by Richard L. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective
No one person can fully answer all "why" questions. Hamilton does give a new perspective on many of these questions. Worth the read.
Published 14 days ago by Deborah Hitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is an excellent, well-written book. I highly recommend it.
Published 27 days ago by James E. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Explains in simple terms that God brings good from evil and the He shall be victorious and so shall we!
Published 1 month ago by sttaylorok
4.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm going to like it.
Have scanned this book but have not yet read it. I think I'm going to like it.
Published 1 month ago by Libbie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible Christianity
Pastor Adam Hamilton offers a Scripture based explanation of the most troubling issues facing modern day Christians: suffering of innocents, unanswered prayer, God's plan for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by George Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful book a church group I was part of ...
A thoughtful book a church group I was part of read during Lent last year. I did not always agree with Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry
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Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get it Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

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