Where Is God?: Finding His Presence, Purpose and Power in Difficult Times - eBook  -     By: Dr. John Townsend
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Where Is God?: Finding His Presence, Purpose and Power in Difficult Times - eBook

Thomas Nelson / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781418583897
ISBN-13: 9781418583897
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Publisher's Description

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.

Publisher's Weekly

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. (Dec.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good start for those in difficult times
    June 30, 2011
    mom2jc
    Life does not come without difficult times, times that often have us wondering what is the purpose of our suffering and exactly where is God in all of it? Often times, the very question of "Where is God in all this?" is a stumbling block for Christians and non-Christians alike.

    In Where is God? by Dr. John Townsend, best-selling author of Boundaries, the very question of the title is addressed.

    Townsend explores this topic through personal stories, logical reflection, and scriptures. The 14 chapters cover such things as "Freedom in the Service of Love", "A Hope More Than Wishing", and "The God of Faith When There Are No Answers".

    Dr. Townsend is a Christian physiologist, which I felt was heavily reflected in his approach on answering this question. In summary, the book seemed to be more of a process for the reader, rather than direct answers that some might be expecting. Townsend does give the reader the insight that it is ok to question and be honest with God, while still having the trust that he has not left you and your situation has a purpose greater than you can perceive. The reader is encouraged to continually seek God in all circumstances and feelings.

    I personally found the book a very slow read and not very enlightening, though perhaps a thorough discussion for someone that is struggling with this question and needing some direction on being able to approach his or her difficult times.

    Disclaimer: I received this title at no charge from Thomas Nelson Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 13, 2010
    Joe
    Much like his best-selling book Boundaries, I found this book to be a great tool to have in my library as well. This book also hit close to the heart because of the fact that I've been asking this question a lot lately myself with the illness of my daughter and her battle with Infantile Spasms.This book begs us to really consider something a lot of us have already considered at least once already. It draws us to take a look into the question of where God is from a different point of view instead of just seeing it through one way. Dr. Townsend does a great job in explaining how we can have full faith in God and yet at the same time still ask where he is. This book helped me a great deal personally and spiritually. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is facing a difficult situation or just simply begging the age old question of Where Is God?
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 10, 2010
    Karin Fendick
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    In these days of uncertainty many are questioning what God is up to, where is He in all the trouble we see around us? In Where is God? Finding His Presence, Purpose, and Power in Difficult Times by Dr. John Townsend explores that very issue. Relying on Scripture and years of counseling experience Dr. Townsend relates stories that prove that God is always true to His own nature.I found great encouragement as I read story after story of how God might not have showed up as expected but always in control was able to work all thing to good for His purposes as Romans 8:28 promises. I was moved to draw ever closer to the One Who knows all things, sees all things and only wants the very best for His children. As Townsend writes:When we develop the stance of expecting Gods goodness, we become more intimate with Him. Basically the more I understand His goodness, the more I want to be in a relationship with Him. The more relationship I have, the more goodness I experience in other words, with God, more is better.This book may just send people searching to find more of God and I believe that is exactly what He Himself desires.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 10, 2010
    Karin Fendick
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    In these days of uncertainty many are questioning what God is up to, where is He in all the trouble we see around us? In Where is God? Finding His Presence, Purpose, and Power in Difficult Times by Dr. John Townsend explores that very issue. Relying on Scripture and years of counseling experience Dr. Townsend relates stories that prove that God is always true to His own nature.I found great encouragement as I read story after story of how God might not have showed up as expected but always in control was able to work all thing to good for His purposes as Romans 8:28 promises. I was moved to draw ever closer to the One Who knows all things, sees all things and only wants the very best for His children. As Townsend writes:When we develop the stance of expecting Gods goodness, we become more intimate with Him. Basically the more I understand His goodness, the more I want to be in a relationship with Him. The more relationship I have, the more goodness I experience in other words, with God, more is better.This book may just send people searching to find more of God and I believe that is exactly what He Himself desires.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 22, 2010
    Leanne Golan
    Co-author of the best-selling book Boundaries, Dr. John Townsend recently authored an interesting book entitled, Where Is God? I was given this book to review by Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of the Booksneeze Bloggers Club and was excited to read it. Inside, the book contains numerous thoughts John himself has had about Gods presence or seeming lack thereof in times of crisis. He starts off by sharing his experience climbing a glacier in the Antarctic when a shifting wind changes their plans. Just as in life, when the winds change, our underlying thoughts and beliefs become evident.Early on in the book, John introduces the angry God, the unpleasable God and other misnomers that keep us at a distance because of our childhood experiences, helping the reader to break through these man-made barriers.Throughout the book, John covers a range of responses to trials and difficulties, both from our point of view and from Gods, but he brings clarity by asking the hard questions and offering steps to grow in faith, while presenting a clear picture of not only who God is but where He is in the midst of our crisis. Where is God is brutally honest, Scripturally sound and injected with the hope that God not is not only there, He is there for you.
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