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When Bad Things Happen: Thoughtful Answers To Hard Questions Paperback – April 28, 2008
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About the Author
William P. Smith, M.Div., Ph.D., is a pastor and director of the community counseling center at Chelten Baptist Church, Dresher, PA. He has authored the book Loving Well (Even When You Haven't Been, Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God and numerous minibooks including How Do I Stop Losing It with My Children? and How to Love Difficult People. Bill is regularly invited to speak at other churches and lead weekend retreats. He and his wife Sally are the parents of three very active children.
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I really appreciated that the author was able to accomplish in such a short amount of space, especially since this booklet comes in at twenty two pages. Readers should not judge this booklet by its size. Just two pages into the booklet the author laid out the biblical case that God does understand our suffering; yet it isn’t a dry academic truth but very personal in how the writer argues that. I thought that the booklet making this point in the beginning of the book was very important since often those undergoing trials and difficulties often need to understand that God knows what they are going through. In fact practically speaking when people go through difficulties it isn’t just academic solutions they need but practically they need the presence of God. The meat of the book goes over how God uses suffering. The reasons listed are very helpful and biblical. The book also ends with a section titled “Practical Strategies for Change” which I thought was beneficial.
I recommend this booklet. In fact the person I read this with immediately want to share this work with others who need it as well. That to me is compelling of why biblical counselors and counselee should read this book.