Synopses & Reviews
"e;Why God? Why did you let this happen? Why do you allow so much pain?"e; Be it a job loss, illness, or loss of a spouse or child, these are questions we’ve all had. It’s as much a cry as a question; a wound; a shout of betrayal of all the rules of life and fairness as you knew them.
Bob Russell offers no trite platitudes to answer the questions in Acts of God, the accompaniment book to the Acts of God videos and curriculum. Instead, through the biblical story of Joseph, he provides assurance that we are in a bigger story than the pain, suffering, and trials tell us we’re in.
Whether you’re in the middle of suffering, processing something from your past, or seeking answers to the suffering you see around you, Acts of God shows a way back to hope; hope in God that brings hope to our circumstances.
Praise for Acts of God
Acts of God offers practical, biblical answers for life's toughest questions. With a seasoned pastor's heart and a masterful grasp of Scripture, Bob Russell guides us through the life of Joseph, adding here-and-now stories to bring each point home. I was moved, challenged, encouraged, and convicted. No pat answers or Christian cliches here: Acts of God speaks the truth, wrapped in God's mercy and love.
Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible and The Girl's Still Got It
I never refuse an opportunity to read the words of Bob Russell. He is a humble, wise and gifted teacher. I receive this book with great excitement!
Max Lucado, pastor and New York Times bestselling author
Bob Russell is simply one of the most gifted, faithful, and amazing pastors I have ever known. This book is just one example of what has made him such an effective preacher, teacher, and guide: he knows how to bring the Bible into everyday life, and in this book he brilliantly does so through the example of Joseph. This book will be of great assistance to every Christian at every stage of life because it is established in eternal truth and in its enduring power.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Bob Russell was our pastor for eight years. Everything we admired most about him is evident in this book. It is honest: the difficult questions of life are faced head-on without sentimentality or fluff. It is biblical: godly wisdom leaps from every page. It is practical: Russell offers concrete advice to help us overcome temptation and endure testing. It is hopeful: I finished the book with tears of praise and gratitude for a God who is faithful, who loves us and who will never let us go.
Rebecca Manley Pippert, author of Out of the Saltshaker and Love Has its Reasons
Trusting God through every situation and season in life is a difficulty we all face. How are we to know how and why God acts when we don’t understand? Bob Russell takes on the toughest of these challenges with wisdom and grace, and offers a clear perspective for finding a lasting faith. This is a great book!
Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Bible Church, Dallas
Tragedy strikes each and every one of us. And we have ALL questioned God at times. So this book is for everyone you’ve ever met or will meet . . . and for you. There’s no one I trust more to bring God’s Word to life in a practical way than Bob Russell.
Dave Stone, Senior Pastor, Southeast Christian Church
The problem of human suffering presents one of the great challenges to faith. It is as old as Job and has been asked throughout every generation. Bob Russell tackles the question head-on, drawing upon his pastoral experience, his knowledge of the Scriptures, his familiarity with other writers conversant with the issue, and his own personal encounters with unjustifiable suffering. The book provides a valuable resource for personal study and reflection as well as group discussion.
Dr. Gary Weedman, President, Johnson University
In this honest and readable meditation on some of life’s most difficult and enduring questions, Bob Russell teaches us how to see beyond suffering to God’s purpose and plan for each of us. Based on a lifetime of study, prayer, and personal reflection, Acts of God will deepen the faith of all who read it. Over the years, I have benefited from the wisdom and counsel of Bob Russell. With this book, many more will find reason to be grateful for his practical approach to a great trust in God.
Hon. Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader, United States Senate
In the midst of Acts of God, you need someone to stand with you with a heart after God. There are few I'd trust my hurting heart more to than Bob Russell. Profoundly wise, deeply biblical and always gentle, Bob Russell is a man who writes with a heart of a pastor--and the healing love of his Savior.
Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts
Bob Russell has a unique way of illustrating how biblical truth intersects with human need. In Acts of God, Bob shows how God’s hand was at work throughout the life of Joseph amid the prideful immaturity and alluring enticements of youth, the pain of rejection and unjust suffering, the subtle temptations of power and success, and the sobering realities of aging and preparing for death. I will use this book as a reference for my own teaching and preaching, and I will recommend it to others who face painful situations that make them wonder about the goodness of God.
Dr. David Faust, President at Cincinnati Christian University and author of Married for Good
Life and business throw us some high hard ones. Bob Russell brings a commonsense perspective on how to persevere and even triumph in the toughest trials. Every successful business has a plan and this book will help us all understand God has a master plan for our lives.
David Novak, CEO of YUM! and author of Taking People With You
Sooner or later, just like the rest of us, you ll ask The Question:
Why, God? Why did You let this happen?
Bob Russell has seen it all tragedy in his childhood church, broken families in his pastoral ministry, a world torn by war and injustice the list goes on. It all begs the question: Why?
But Bob thinks we should be asking a different question: Who? Who is God, and what is He doing as our hearts are hurting?
With compassion and wisdom, Bob Russell turns your Why? question into the Who? question, leading you to the God who can be trusted no matter what.
“Sooner or later, just like the rest of us, you’ll ask The Question:
‘Why, God? Why did You let this happen?’”
Bob Russell has seen it all. From a tragedy in his childhood church, to broken families among those he has loved as a pastor, to a world torn by war and injustice. Why?
But he thinks we’re asking the wrong question. Rather, we should be asking Who? Who is God, and what is He doing as our hearts are hurting?
With compassion and wisdom, Bob Russell helps you turn your Why? into Who?—and lead you to the God who can be trusted.
About the Author
BOB RUSSELL At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups. An accomplished author, Bob has written over one-dozen books.Bob and his wife Judy of 47 years have two married sons, Rusty and Phil. In his leisure time he enjoys playing golf and is an avid University of Louisville football and basketball fan.
Table of Contents
1. Why, God? Facing Life’s Toughest Question.
2. Night Vision: Finding Light When All Seems Dark.
3. Suffer the Children:Where is God in a Hurting Home?
4. Bless This Mess: Hope for Troubled Homes.
5. Trials and Temptations: Where is God When the Enemy Attacks?
6. Storm-Proof: Weathering Life’s Dark Moments.
7. Bearing the Wait: Why Is It Taking So Long?
8. Time-Tested: The Secret of Outlasting Long Term Discouragement.
9. Blessing and Testing: How Does God Use Good Times?
10. Redeeming the Time: Making the Most of Sunny Seasons.
11. When the Bad Guys Win: Why Won’t God Punish the Wicked?
12. Pardon Our Dust: Why Must Aging Be Such a Trial?
Epilogue: Beyond This Veil of Tears