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Deserted by God? Paperback – December 1, 1996
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If you haven't suffered much, if you live long enough, you will. And in that case, reading this book will help prepare you for what is inevitable in this fallen world we live in.
The book begins with a short introduction as to why it was written and what is hoped to be accomplished. Then it proceeds to work through various Psalms and apply them to various suffering situations. The Psalms give us permission to be real and honest about suffering before God. They give us permission to cry out with questions.
In the end, after reading this book, you will have to conclude that the answer to the question posed by the title is, "No, we've not been deserted by God".
Read it if you are experiencing suffering. Read it if you are not - because you will someday if you live long enough.
In this book he addresses the issue of people having the sense that God has deserted them. He writes that the subject is deep and in many respects mysterious, belonging to the darker side of spiritual experience. But he believes it is a subject of greater importance than we often care to acknowledge and it seems that more and more people struggle spiritually. He writes that the psalmists were our brothers in affliction, and his prayer is that the consolation God has brought to many others through their words may be as real for us today as it was for them.
Dr. Ferguson writes that the book discusses what our forefathers in the Christian church called ‘spiritual desertion’, the sense of God having forgotten us that leaves us feeling isolated and directionless. He believes that many Christians know what it is to feel at the end of their rope. The book will not remove all of their difficulties, but it may be a helping hand on the way and provide encouragement.
The format that the author uses, studies in the Psalms, is not accidental. Each chapter draws attention to experiences that did, or could, lead one to feel that God had deserted him. The Psalms show us how the people of God have grappled with their questions, doubts, desertions, and how God lifted them up and brought them into new light and joy.
As I am currently reading through the Psalms and also using a new devotional on the Psalms from Tim and Kathy Keller, it was a perfect time to read this wonderful book. Many themes – such as repentance, purity and contentment – are included in its pages.