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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts Paperback – April 22, 2008
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Adversity is hard to endure and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child? Grappling with His concern for us we ask, “Why is God allowing this?” or “What have I done wrong?”
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God. As you begin to explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you’ll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely—even when life hurts.
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Although evangelical Christians often give lip service to the sovereignty of God, many are for all practical purposes are Christian deists. They see God as being too distant our unable to intervene in times of trouble. I appreciate that Bridges does not duck the tough issues. He refuses to wrap up all the theological loose ends when discussing the sovereignty of God. Like Tozer, he recognizes that there are some issues to which there are no neat and tidy answers. Unlike many other authors who write on this subject, he does not slavishly follow C.S. Lewis The Problem of Pain. It is refreshing to read a fresh perspective on the subject rather than merely hearing Lewis arguments parroted again.
Although I was very impressed with the book, there were a few areas that caught my attention. Bridges does not deal comprehensively with the idea of spiritual warfare. I would have also liked to see a fuller discussion on the passive will of God. In fact, it is not mentioned in the first one hundred pages or so. It would have been good to have a fuller discussion of the alternative views of God's sovereignty, but then, that would have doubled or tripled the lengthy of the book.
This is truly a great book.Read more ›
In the past month, however, I have had occasion to re-read this book in its entirety as part of a men's discipleship study. I still thought it was redundant, taking over 200 pages to say what could be said effectively in half that amount of space. Nevertheless, when you get past the sections on sovereignty to the chapters on God's love and wisdom, you will see a grand and comprehensive picture (to the extent we are able as finite humans) of God's wise and careful guidance of the whole of His creation for His glory and our good.
I must take issue with the review of Rev. Bud Espers (the very first one under this listing). Apparently he didn't read the same book as the rest of us, or at least not the second half of it ... or maybe he simply hasn't read his Bible. If he did, I don't see how he could draw the conclusions that he did about Bridges or this book. Yes, God's sovereignty can be a scary thing, and can come across as "cold and uncaring" (to use Mr. Espers' words) unless you understand the broader teachings of scripture about the nature and character of God. Bridges is also very careful to point out that our "good" is conformity to the image of Christ, not comfort, ease or "happiness" in this life.Read more ›
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Trusting God is a tough topic. Jerry Bridges has ideas that he has backed up with Scripture and research from other teschers. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Matilda Jane
This book deals sensitively, Biblically and sensibly with GOD, how we should get to know Him better and seek Him in trials&tribulations.Published 28 days ago by GF
I appreciated the views & opinions written in this book. Like everyone else I will never completely agree with everything written, but I enjoyed the use of scripture to support his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
Life changing truths are presented in this book. A must read for every one to help us in this life when surely there will be tough times.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful. Easy to read and understand theology that could be otherwise lofty. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Celia M.
I bought my wife a paper back copy since she doesn't like the kindle version of reading a book, that is how good it is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JWJ
This book and the study guide will help you see the truths in the bible. It explains in more detail. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dianna