We can be sailing happily through life, enjoying every good blessing, when out of nowhere a rogue wind can cross our paths and wreak unbelievable havoc. Our doctor schedues an appointment with us to discuss some unsettling test results, our company declares bankruptcy, our oldest child winds up the victim of a drunk-driving accident--any number of surprises can halt our happiness and challenge our most foundational expectations about life. But God's Spirit still hovers over the waters of our troubles, and we can find the comfort of his presence even when storm clouds obscure our vision. Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church and author of The God You're Looking For (Thomas Nelson), has experienced these rogue winds in his own life and has processed less personal but more catalcysmic tragedies such as the terrorist bombings of September 11, 2001. He brings pastoral wisdom and sensitivity to the issue of suffering and evil in this new booklet. God is never the author of evil, and he hates to see his people suffer. But the experience of evil and suffering can drive people to or from God. Hybels writes to encourage us to bring our troubling experiences to God, to let God secure us to himself and deliver us through every rogue wind.
Bill Hybels is founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburbs, where over 15,000 attend each weekend. He has written a number of books, including and