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Why?: Trusting God When You Don't Understand [Kindle Edition]

Anne Graham Lotz
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Book Description

Called "the best preacher in the family," by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz speaks around the globe with the wisdom and the authority of years spent studying God's Word. In her latest book, Anne shares her heart and God's teachings on the universal problem of suffering.

Drawing her characteristically keen insights from the familiar story of Lazarus in the ninth and eleventh chapters of the Gospel of John, Anne offers Jesus' reassuring answers to our heartfelt cries for understanding:

  • Why doesn't God care?
  • Why does He let these things happen?
  • Why me?
  • Why doesn't God answer my prayers?
  • Why didn't He protect me?
  • Why doesn't He perform a miracle?

Why? helps us understand and deal with suffering while guiding us to the ultimate answer-the Savior who shares our grief and our tears.

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As the daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, Lotz, now a renowned speaker and author in her own right, has much for which to give thanks, and she knows it. Still, like any other person with a heartbeat, Lotz's life has been riddled with times of desperation and heartrending sorrow. The author of Just Give Me Jesus and My Heart's Cry openly reveals the struggle she's endured in attempting to make sense of death, disease and suffering. Drawing upon John 11, she retells the story of sisters Mary and Martha and the death and eventual resurrection of their brother, Lazarus. Throughout this pithy, passionate book, Lotz eloquently imagines the emotional and spiritual agony Martha in particular endured while waiting for Jesus to intervene. Searching believers will gratefully grab the hope Lotz imparts as she reinforces a foundational scriptural truth: no matter the circumstance, and even when facing certain defeat, one can trust God because of who he is. Skeptics notwithstanding, Lotz treats this topic with the respect it deserves. She does not answer everyone's "why's," nor does she offer pat answers to those who are hurting. Instead, she suggests to Christians that frequently pain is a requirement for our eventual good and God's ultimate glory. Dedicated to "those who have unanswered prayers," Lotz covers the scope of human suffering with prose that is sure to find its place among other classic works of faith.
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About the Author

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the President and Executive Director of AnGeL Ministries, a non-profit organization offering Christian outreach. Anne has spoken on all seven continents in more than twenty foreign countries, proclaiming the word of God at seminaries, colleges, conferences and revivals. Her previous books include Just Give Me Jesus and Heaven Is My Father's House. Anne and her husband, Daniel, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  • File Size: 189 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 31, 2004)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MQNI9E
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
At a recent Sunday sermon, the minister in our church spoke to us again about why bad things happen, in the context of "Avoiding the Ultimate Disaster" and Luke 13:1-9. As if by coincidence, a few days later I saw this book, and I picked it up. It's one of the most common questions that I hear raised by those people that aren't religious: why does God let bad things happen, why doesn't he do something about (fill in the blank/take your pick of the latest world disaster). It is indeed a perplex question, but one that has an answer.

In a short amount of space (115 pages), Anne Lotz not only explains why, but gives guidance on how to deal with the issues of suffering and pain ("trust in God" being the key factor). Very helpful is that the author writes about these complex issues in very plain-spoken English. Most importantly, this book provides a message of hope, namely that even though this is far from a perfect world (as the result of humanity having received the gift of choice, which inevitably includes the freedom of bad choices by many), there is HOPE, as long as one trusts in God. Excellent book, and highly recommended for everyone, not just Christians.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I became acquainted with Anne Graham Lotz's book only a few weeks ago when a guest speaker at my church presented a message entitled "Why?" I was truly blessed by it and it came at a time of great distress in my life that has recently taken place (I was forced to leave my job after only being there for three weeks and not really getting to do the job; needless to say, it created a great deal of financial and emotional distress for me and my wife). I happened to see her book in the local library and chose to check it out. To my pleasant surprise, I learned that this was the inspiration behind the message I heard in church.

Anne takes the story of Lazarus in John 11, and gently gleans from the story comforting and encouraging reminders of God's love, care and providence in any difficult situation. Readers of the book will appreciate that she doesn't come across with cliches or the attitude of knowing everythng that there is to know about having faith in the midst of trouble (as evidenced in her book, many of the lessons came as a result of her own personal troubles). Anne's creative way of presenting the material will be evident as the reader reads her book. If there is a friend or loved one who is going through their own Lazarus experience, and like Mary and Martha, are wondering "Why is this happening?" , this book is a excellent resource. When we can't understand why, we can trust God.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "When You Need to Understand the Mind of God..." May 2, 2004
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What a great title for a book which seeks to answer the question we all ask!
This book presents, in a user-friendly way, Bible theology on why bad things happen to good people. The author puts her heart and soul into this discussion, and, with John 11 as the focus, never strays from what God would have us learn.
While I enjoyed the format Lotz used for the work--and feel the principles addressed were theologically sound, to me the work was a bit limited. The same genre of discussion on understanding the mind of God--plus numerous other such topics (suffering, integrity, spirituality and gifts, etc.) are much more broadly discussed in earlier works such as "Where is God When It Hurts", and particularly "With Joseph in the University of Adversity" (my favorite--IF you can get your hands on it).
All in all, Lotz is a warm and capable writer who knows her stuff. There is little to fault in this work, and perhaps I was looking for a bit more 'meat and potatoes', while I was served precisely what was advertised. RECOMMENDED.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Why?" is a great read for anyone going through a difficult time when things do not make sense and it appears that God has turned His back on you.

The book is around 133 pages long and contains about 13 chapters that are 10 pages each. Each chapter asks a question that starts with the word "Why?" and focuses on a different aspect of trying to make sense of things that do not make sense.

Lotz' main point is that no matter what is happening to you, you can trust in God and His goodness and love for you.

Read for good encouragement. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Hope December 24, 2007
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For anyone walking through a difficult time in life, Anne G. Lotz thoughts and insights offer hope. She does not give formula answers, but points us to God and to a practical new view of how He is still with us, still in control, and why we can trust Him. Because of the way this book affected me, I have given it as a gift to many a hurting friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why? by Anne Lotz January 9, 2007
Excellent book that addresses why God allows various things to happen to us. Easy to read but big on scripture and life changing concepts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to always have near August 29, 2008
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After our granddaughter died, I could not reconcile myself to the loss. I read the Bible and prayed, but needed someone to try to explain. This book was like a daily explanation and I kept it by my bed to read every day. It is God's way of saying that He has the answers, so we can get on with our lives knowing everything will be revealed in His time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help and comfort.. September 6, 2006
I recently experienced a traumatic event in my life. My boyfriend was involved in a car accident and is in the hospital. He has just been moved to rehab but it is going to be a long road to recovery. My friend gave me this book as a gift. I have not finished it but it has served as a great comfort. I've never really turned to faith until now. Anne Graham Lotz has the power to help you understand WHY things happen and that God has a greater plan than you can ever imagine. Great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another view is welcome.
The book gives another reasoning as to why things are the way they are. Of coarse, all views need to be considered, but the views here are welcome.
Published 2 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars God's perfect timing led me to his book!
I was divinely led to this book, I have no doubt in my mind, especially in the manner I was led. As Joni Eareckson Tada wrote in the forward: We all need this reminder-that we can... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GrannyP
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
An inspiring (and convicting) treatise on Christian faith that I recommend to anyone who is stuck in a pit of WHYs re personal suffering.
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful explanation of this subject.
My wife has a terminal illness. This book was so comforting that I ordered a copy for each of our three sons. Read more
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The book gives clear guidance as to "Why" prayers go up and bless seem not to come down.
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Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the president and CEO of AnGeL Ministries (, a nonprofit organization that undergirds her efforts to draw people into a life-changing relationship with God through His Word. Anne has spoken on seven continents, in more than twenty foreign countries, proclaiming the Word of God in arenas, churches, seminaries, and prisons. She is the award-winning author of ten books, including her signature book, Just Give Me Jesus. In 2000 she launched her revival ministry, also entitled Just Give Me Jesus. This free event has been held for hundreds of thousands of women in more than thirty major cities in the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and South America.

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