When the ground shakes, and a poor nation's economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community's hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to infest his creation? When we lift our prayers to God, and no answer seems to come; when we earnestly seek to know the will of God for our lives, yet can't seem to discern it; when God seems far away; where is God? If God counts the hairs on our head, and knows every sparrow that falls, why is finding and understanding God's will so difficult at times?
In Why? Making Sense of God's Will best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, Hamilton addresses how we can comprehend God's plan for the world and ourselves.
1. Why Do the Innocent Suffer?
2. Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?
3. Why Can't I See God's Will for My Life?
4. Why God's Love Prevails
- Because I so heartily disagree with his conclusions about how to interpret "bad things that happen," I consider this a dangerous, and misleading book.
I was saddened as I listened to the first chapter of this book on the podcast. It goes against everything I believe is biblical about God's sovereign control of all things that happen, both good and bad. As a bible teacher who has run across people who refuse to study the Bible because they don't like what they find out about God in it, I consider this a dangerous teaching, which will mislead and confuse people into thinking that what he is saying is biblical, when it is not. He doesn't back up biblically - at least in the first chapter - any of his opinions about what makes sense to him. I challenge him to listen to John Piper's NPR interview on the tsunami. It says all the rest of what I wish I could say here.