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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; a edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426714785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426714788
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Revival, Not a Silent Night, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Customer Reviews

A friend let me read his copy of this book.
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Hamilton's style is easy to read and understand and very thought provoking.
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It's a great book for a short Bible study group.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Conard on March 28, 2011
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve Baska on April 4, 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By krobbins100 on November 11, 2011
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hix on April 3, 2011
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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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More 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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