When You Ask Why: It's Ok to Ask - eBook
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Vendor: New Leaf Publishing
Publication Date: 2002
Daniel Johnson, writer and speaker, is the author of several books, including Come Home, America and Aim for the Children. He resides with his wife in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Passionate and calling out to us.January 15, 2013Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"A broken heart yearns for revelation rather than explanation.
It is God we need, a sense of His presence."
With these words, Pastor Daniel Johnson begins calling out to us, calling to us in our suffering. This book is passionate, first person, true. This book speaks for itself.
My father once told me that Christians never say goodbye for the last time. And Cindy says, "In heaven we'll all live in the same town." But until we get to the same town, we have this little problem: How do you say goodbye without hurting?
You don't. You really don't.
He has been in the Valley of Grief, and is transparent about it
"Grief is something you live with," Joe told me. "You see a little girl in a restaurant,(like the little daughter who went home to be with the LORD at five) hands reaching to the top of the counter, her nose pressed against the glass. Something about her hair, her height, the wistful look at an item in the counter Ã¢â¬â and the wound is raw again. It's like an ambush."
Keep moving. Resist surrender. Avoid isolation. Face up to life. Somebody needs you. You're not alone. You must live again, live fully again!
This is the message a grieving person needs!
"Grief is a normal response to an event which runs counter to what we think life should be. Doug Manning wrote, "Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hungry. . . . It is nature's way of healing a broken heart."
So often we want to smother grief- do not do it. In our grief is when God gives His peace.
"This is the peace of God. It is strikingly different from the world's concept of peace. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27)."
He points us to Heaven - the realness of Heaven, the joy and lightness of heaven, where no good thing shall be lost. Our loved ones are working in Heaven- they are with the Lord! And they are breathing the dear, sweet air of heaven where all the work is joy!
"Your loved ones who died in Christ are with the Lord! Think of it! Can you imagine what it's like? Think of the people they have seen: patriarchs and prophets, apostles and martyrs, loved ones and old friends. Let your imagination run wild. Little wonder the Apostle Paul said, "For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better (Phil. 1:23)."
Your Loved ones are even working in Heaven! That is how real Heaven is!
"It is work as free from care and toil and fatigue as is the wingstroke of the jubilant lark when it soars into the sunlight of a fresh, clear day and, spontaneously and for self-relief, pours out its thrilling carol. Work up there is a matter of self-relief, as well as a matter of obedience to the ruling will of God. It is work according to one's tastes and delight and ability. If tastes vary there, if abilities vary there, then occupations will vary there."
How do we help others in grief? How do we comfort them?
"Be spiritually sensitive. The claims of Christ can be presented when the heart is tender.
This book is passionate, pleading, tender. Looking death and pain in the face and looking to God and the Comfort God offers Now, and the complete Healing God will give in the very real place called Heaven. For if I go, said Jesus, I will return and Take you there."
Dear friend, I will meet you Ã¢â¬â
in the morning Ã¢â¬â
just inside the Eastern Gate Ã¢â¬â
SoaringEagleUSAGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Comfort and peace in God's loveSeptember 22, 2012SoaringEagleUSAGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After going to a couple funerals earlier this year (2012), I was interested in reading this book, When You Ask Why by Daniel E. Johnson. It is geared toward people of faith who have lost loved ones who are also believers. It's a great reminder of the hope that we have where we will see these people we love once again.
The author shares stories and showing that humans have all lost loved ones; whether from accidents, old age, sickness, etc.... We often question God why it has to happen. Even people from the Bible have asked God why. Psalm 42:5 is an example of this: "Why are you cast down, O my soul? Why are you disquieted in me?"
I do like what Mr. Johnson says here on page 49-50 under the heading God is Good: "There is a God and He is good. The enemy induced Eve to question God's essential goodness, and we've been doing it ever since....Whatever our theological persuasions and however difficult life's problems may be, let us not malign God.... God does not cause the tragedy and terror that stalk the earth. He allows it, and He employs it for our good; but He does not cause it, nor is it His will."
Chapter seven is called Getting on with life and gives you 10 positive steps that you can take to regain the joy of living. Good advice to help with the next steps to take. Hard to do but with God all things are possible.
I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing in return for my honest review.
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