Why?: Making Sense of God's Will  -     By: Adam Hamilton
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Why?: Making Sense of God's Will

Abingdon Press / 2011 / Paperback

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Why do my prayers go unanswered? Why do the innocent suffer? Unraveling the "problem of pain" and clarifying common misconceptions about God, Hamilton concludes that our heavenly Father walks with us when we hurt---and works through us to heal others. A helpful guide for you or a hopeful gift for a hurting friend. 99 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 99
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1426714785
ISBN-13: 9781426714788
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Publisher's Description

Bring fresh insight into an age-old question of how to understand the will of God.

Author Bio

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamiltons congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get it Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

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In this slim volume, a Methodist pastor of a large Kansas City church attempts to tackle the formidable issue of theodicy: if God is good, why do bad things happen? Hamilton (24 Hours that Changed the World) does so without resorting to big-name philosophers or Latin-sounding constructions. He has a comforting story-telling approach to writing that will be appreciated by readers wanting to soothe their sores more than grapple with the complexities of this age-old question. Hamilton proposes that God has given human beings responsibility and free will to manage their lives and oversee the created order. He sidesteps the issue of why God is necessary if people are essentially left to their own devices. Instead, he offers faith in a larger Christian scheme, a divine narrative that the gifted theologian and writer Frederick Buechner summed up by saying that "the worst thing is never the last thing," or, in more traditional language, life will overcome death and good will triumph over evil. (Apr.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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    Toadie
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    The book was smaller than I expected. Well written. Answered my questions.
  2. Louisville, OH
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    Great book for small group study.
    September 4, 2013
    Patti
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I participated in a summer Bible study group using this book along with Scripture. I enjoyed it so much that I recommended it to my Sunday school class and now we are using it for our class study. I disagreed with the author on a couple of issues, but overall found the book to be sound scripturally. The author really gives you food for thought and discussion.
  3. Age: 55-65
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    April 24, 2013
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    After reading and studying this book with my sunday school class I bought copies for all they guys in my bible study group. Great, thought provoking look at some tough questions we all deal with at one time or another.

    A little too expensive for a small book though.
  4. Willows, CA
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    "Why" questions answered
    March 1, 2013
    Anne Baxter Campbell
    Willows, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A friend of mine handed me this book a short time back knowing how I admire Adam Hamilton's sermons and writings. He is the senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

    WHY? is a small book, only about a third of an inch thick, about four inches wide by seven high, but it's packed with wisdom from cover to cover.

    The book is dedicated to two friends Pastor Hamilton held in high regard, Gary and Danny Patterson. The two suffered what he classified as "an untimely death," and the book is Pastor Hamilton's attempt to make sense of their senseless deaths.

    He talks about why innocents suffer, why prayers seem to go unanswered, why God's will seems obscure, and why God's love prevails. If these questions have plagued you, too, you might want to pick up a copy.
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    December 1, 2011
    Sharon
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    Quality: 5
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    I am using this book for the leaders of the Stephens Ministry in my church. The questions help us to help others. People in pain are full of questions and often think they are the only ones with questions about why and where is God in my pain. This book is an excellent resource for all.
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