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Where Is God?: Finding His Presence, Purpose and Power in Difficult Times

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"Theodicy-why God allows suffering and evil-is one of the thorniest problems Christians and other theists face. Psychologist Townsend, coauthor of the bestselling book Boundaries, has eschewed an academic perspective and written a commonsense volume, specifically for those suffering hard times and asking about God's purposes, sovereignty and even goodness. Supporting his ideas with personal anecdotes and multiple biblical citations, the author argues that suffering and destruction are a result of our freedom to choose God's ways or our own ways. God's intentions for humankind are good; God is present in all circumstances; God is compassionate; and God wants us to seek help from each other, asserts the author. Most of all, God (and the author) offer the suffering hope, founded in God's promises for this life, Christian community and the life to come. While there is little that isn't out of the evangelical playbook, Townsend brings refreshing honesty and distaste for conventional pabulum to the subject." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Hard times make us look for God.

Everyone has problems. But if we could solve all our difficulties ourselves, would we ever search for God? Psychologist John Townsend says It is actually the very unfixability of our problems and our powerlessness to bring right results that keep us asking, 'Where is God?'

With a compelling narrative, Townsend offers new insights into the pursuit for God's help and presence. Designed to give readers hope and meaning, he divides the discussion into three parts:

  • Why does a loving God allow us to experience difficulties?
  • How is God active in the middle of our hard times?
  • How can I find God?

With powerful stories and practical applications, Where Is God? assures readers that even when it feels as though God is absent it is his nature to be in relationship, to connect with, love, and guide us. And when we seek him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, he shows up in ways that transform us forever.

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With a compelling narrative, Townsend offers new insights into the pursuit for God's help and presence. (Practical Life)

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Gregorio Roth, January 21, 2010 (view all comments by Gregorio Roth)
We all have had moments when we have felt overwhelmingly outside the Lord's warm hands. Dr. John Townsend, the Best Selling Author of Boundaries, examines the question: "Where is God Now That I need HIm Most!" He illustrates how hard times make us look for God; How we are wired to look for God; that God is really for us even in the most difficult times; and How each Christian Experiences pain and the walk with God in different ways.
The question "Where is God" has been answered by at least 121,151 books, so what makes this book stand out? The book is easily applicable to life; there are many practical examples of how to find God when you have burnt the bacon. Townsend avoids using legalistic means (self efficient steps) to get out of our hard times; he points to repentance and the turning to prayer, community, and honest communication with God. He shows that we are not alone in our pain, and that this pain needs to be dealt with honestly. I appreciated that he did not allow the reader to feel it was okay to fall into victim hood. He illustrates how we are responsible for proper stewardship of all God's gifts, even pain. The book is a keeper and a good resource that I would give to people in my church who desire to deal with their pain.
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ISBN:
9780785229193
Author:
Townsend, John
Publisher:
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
God (Christianity)
Subject:
Spirituality -- Christianity.
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Christian Life - Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Christianity-Death, Grief and Bereavement
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
9.10x6.20x.90 in. .95 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Theodicy-why God allows suffering and evil-is one of the thorniest problems Christians and other theists face. Psychologist Townsend, coauthor of the bestselling book Boundaries, has eschewed an academic perspective and written a commonsense volume, specifically for those suffering hard times and asking about God's purposes, sovereignty and even goodness. Supporting his ideas with personal anecdotes and multiple biblical citations, the author argues that suffering and destruction are a result of our freedom to choose God's ways or our own ways. God's intentions for humankind are good; God is present in all circumstances; God is compassionate; and God wants us to seek help from each other, asserts the author. Most of all, God (and the author) offer the suffering hope, founded in God's promises for this life, Christian community and the life to come. While there is little that isn't out of the evangelical playbook, Townsend brings refreshing honesty and distaste for conventional pabulum to the subject." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Hard times make us look for God.

Everyone has problems. But if we could solve all our difficulties ourselves, would we ever search for God? Psychologist John Townsend says It is actually the very unfixability of our problems and our powerlessness to bring right results that keep us asking, 'Where is God?'

With a compelling narrative, Townsend offers new insights into the pursuit for God's help and presence. Designed to give readers hope and meaning, he divides the discussion into three parts:

  • Why does a loving God allow us to experience difficulties?
  • How is God active in the middle of our hard times?
  • How can I find God?

With powerful stories and practical applications, Where Is God? assures readers that even when it feels as though God is absent it is his nature to be in relationship, to connect with, love, and guide us. And when we seek him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, he shows up in ways that transform us forever.

"Synopsis" by , With a compelling narrative, Townsend offers new insights into the pursuit for God's help and presence. (Practical Life)
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