- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: NavPress; New edition (April 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600063055
- ISBN-13: 978-1600063053
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. I could hardly put it down, one of the best I have read on the providence and sovereignty of God. I would also recommend Jack Contrell's volume, What the Bible Says About God the Ruler, College Press, 1884. Although not a Calvinist, Contrell writes one of the most persuasive arguments for the sovereignty of God I have read. He also explores alternative views of sovereignty (pagan, existential, deists, etc.) and their weaknesses.
I purchased this book to use as a part of a Bible study that I am in. It is a hard thing to do to trust God and accept the difficulties that we all face in our lives. Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life, and life often hurts. Life often seems unfair. These are concepts that are hard to understand in the light of an all-knowing, all-loving God. Jerry Bridges does a good job of helping to put these difficult concepts into the right perspective, and in helping us to realize that God is sovereign, but we can come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more―even when unjust things happen. I found it to be a helpful book. If you found this review to be helpful, I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to mark it as such. Thanks!