How do pastors reconcile faith with experience? Adam Hamilton presents an honest, concise and cogent survey of the troubling issues challenging the faith of many Christians, tempered by his personal experiences, study, prayer and reflection. Of course, it is impossible to fully rationalize God through mortal minds, leaving some things to trust and obedience alone. But Hamilton does provide a framework for better understanding human suffering, unanswered prayers and God's guiding presence in our lives in sensible propositions based on scriptural truths and personal witness. Ultimately, Hamilton anchors his understanding on faith in the ultimate power and love of God for humankind, and His desire for us to seek eternal fellowship with him through steadfast faith in the risen Lord, manifest in righteous living made possible by grace, and through mutual love and support for each other.
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.
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 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.