Everything Happens for a Reason? God's Purposes in a World Gone Bad  -     By: Paul Enns
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Everything Happens for a Reason? God's Purposes in a World Gone Bad

Moody Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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* Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Are there explanations for the terrors and trials we face? Is God sovereign over evil? Is he in control? Drawing insights from Scripture and from his own experiences as a professor and pastor, Enns offers a scholarly, theological approach to answering these tough, critical questions. 224 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802405983
ISBN-13: 9780802405982

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Publisher's Description

Everyone struggles to find explanations for their suffering. Dr. Paul Enns answers several tough, critical questions that all revolve around this central quandary of "why." Why does God allow suffering? Is suffering the result of judgment for sin? Are there even explanations for the terrors and trials we face?

Dr. Enns brings answers from Scripture and from his experience as a professor and pastor, and a wounded one at that. More than anything, he brings comfort and clarity to people who are desperate for it.

Author Bio

DR. PAUL ENNS has served as Minister, Biblical Training & Leadership Development at Idlewild Baptist Church since July 1995. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary, obtaining his Th.D. (Bible Exposition) in 1979. In addition to his teaching position at DTS, Dr. Enns also held positions at: Luther Rice Seminary, Talbot Theological Seminary, and Word of Life Institute. He was instrumental in establishing the Tampa Bay Extension of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently is Professor of Systematic Theology and Director.Dr. Enns has served as Scholar in Residence for the Lockman Foundation, since 1989, as editor and translator of the New American Standard Bible.An accomplished author, Dr. Enns has written twelve books including The Moody Handbook of Theology (Third Edition); Approaching God: Daily Reflections for Growing Christians; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John Gospel Commentary; Heaven Revealed and Everything Happens for a Reason. Dr. Enns enjoyed 45+ years with his beloved wife Helen before her homegoing to heaven in 2005. He resides in the Tampa area and has two sons.

Editorial Reviews

Suffering? Who has not experienced suffering in some way?  The loss of a loved one. The loss of health. The loss of possessions. No one is exempt from some form of malady or pain. No wonder then that we ask if things happen for a reason or if things occur only by happenstance. Enns addresses this issue in a most thorough way. If we suffer, how can God be sovereign? Or if God is loving, why doesn’t He do something about our problems? This book will be a source of great comfort for anyone who asks, "Does everything happen for a reason?"

Dr. Roy B. Zuck, Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, and editor, Bibliotheca Sacra

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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great use of personal stories
    June 4, 2012
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    Why does God allow all these bad things to happen on the earth everyday? Using scripture, the author does his best to show the reader how to find comfort in the Lord no matter what is going on around them.

    The author's use of personal stories is what makes this book so interesting. He has a subject he discusses and uses real life incidents, both personal and well-known events, to reiterate what he is explaining. I thought the book was very easy to understand and could be a real encouragement to those going through difficult times. Turning over all to the Lord, no matter what is happening in your life, is the strongest lesson taught in this book.

    The ending of the book talks about heaven and reminds us that the problems we encounter on earth are only temporary. The author shows how we should use the hard times to grow in our relationship to the Lord. I gave this book 4/5 stars because I felt like there was a lot of emphasis on the retelling of bad things happening and not enough on pointing to the Lord as the one in charge (no matter the circumstances).

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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