Where is God in All of This? is just what suffering people need: fifteen simple yet profound biblical reasons why God brings suffering our way for our profit and His glory. Deborah Howard lifts us above our self-centered murmuring to focus on God and our real spiritual profit. Read this remarkable book yourself as a preventative measure before a fresh round of suffering crosses your path, and give a copy to every suffering person you know.
It is not Deborah Howard's expertise as a hospice nurse or even her acquaintance with personal pain that makes this book so helpful, rather, its strength comes from focusing on the passages of scripture that encourage us to fully trust God in the midst of heartache and to cling to the perspective that all trials our are indeed "momentary, light affliction.
I have just finished reading your manuscript. I am grateful to God for your faithfulness and obedience to think deeply on this subject and to share the fruit of your meditation with the rest of us. The book is warm, wise, kind, honest and full of the Word, helpfully applied! Thank you for writing it.
Suffering is a fact of life. No one escapes it. When it occurs, some respond with bitterness, some with depression, some are bewildered, and a few respond in sweet submission. The latter response is the purpose of Deborah Howards new book, Where is God in all of this? Packed with real-life examples coupled with a thoroughly Biblical approach, Deborah shows us how we are to properly respond to suffering, and presents to us some of the wonderful things God is doing in us and for us when suffering comes our way. The questions at the end of each chapter help us to think about what she has written and direct us to a godly response when we suffer. Easy to read and packed with tremendous biblical insight, this is a book you will use in your personal counseling and the book you will want to give to hurting people.
Any Christian undergoing suffering needs to read Deborah Howard's book, Where is God in All of This? They will soon see that the author has been where they are. The title itself is often the cry of a child of God walking in darkness. In such times everything seems so meaningless. That is, until you have read Deborah's answers to this painful question. You will keep saying, "Yes! Oh, yes!" as each chapter comes to an end. Meaning will come back into your situation of suffering, and you will thank God more than ever before that you are His child. As a pastor in Africa, I can hardly wait to see this book available here. I wish it had been written earlier. Its usefulness in pastoral work cannot be exaggerated!
This book, a sequel to Deborah Howards first, is no run-of-the-mill theodicy. Rather, it is a beautifully biblically balanced response to the hard questions and challenges that often arise in the contexts of suffering and dying. Howard engages these questions (which often are cast as bold objections) about the sovereignty and character of God both as a seasoned Bible student and as experienced hospice nurse. Her responses are commendable in that while being understanding and compassionate she never compromises biblical theology. Like her first, this book is a must for a wide-ranging readership be they those who are suffering, those who are family and friends, those who are caregivers, or those who someday will undoubtedly face similarly intense trials.
I can't tell you how many times in pastoral ministry I've heard from peopleusually out of the crucible of their own acute struggleswho have painfully asked me: "Where is God in all of This?" Deborah Howard, a faithful member of our church, a trained hospice nurse, and a biblical counselor, has done the body of Christ a wealth of good by writing a book that skillfully seeks to answer that very searching question. Combined with a solid biblical understanding of pain and suffering, a mature mind with many years of fruitful ministry to God's hurting people and armed with a sincere desire to provide critical help to those in need, Deborah has given us a resource which I believe will prove to be of lasting spiritual value. If you (or someone you know) are currently treading a most difficult and perplexing path, which may also include intense anguish and debilitating suffering, with no immediately easy or apparent answers, the book you now hold in your hands will truly help to show you where God is in all of this.