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Where Is God?: Finding His Presence, Purpose and Power in Difficult Times

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Just okay.

    Where is God? Sadly that seems to be a question on many people's minds and hearts. The question is normally asked during a time of trial. It's easy to believe in God during the good times but what about the bad times?

    I think we have all seen someone who questions God during a trial. Maybe you have even been one to question God during a trial. If so, this book may give you the answers you seek.

    My impressions of the book were neutral. While I realize there are enough reasons for a crisis in faith to fill a book, I think it can easily be summed up in a few words and verses. However, the book explores the reasons behind why you feel a sudden crisis of faith when you face a challenge or trial. That may prove useful to many going through a difficult time. The stories in the book also give someone struggling a sense of not being alone or seeing that other do survive and have victories in the end. I think the book is best for new Christians or a new Christian face with his first real trial. In the end, seeking God's Word from the source is the only true comfort. I really didn't need 200 or so pages to lead me to that conclusion.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    Here's What I know...

    A book like this is so hard to review, at least for me. It is clear that John Townsend wrote this book to address a specific set of questions. But they are questions I am not asking.I am reminded of the famous phrase from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "the question of life, the universe and everything".

    That is what Dr. Townsend is trying to answer, the question of the everything of God. I have no doubt that there are people asking the questions he addresses, but they have no real relevance to me as a reader.

    To be honest, I've read plenty of treatments of these questions. They are of course core apologetic questions. Does Dr. Townsend answer them in a fresh perspective? I would have to say no. In fact to be truly honest, I found it difficult to keep reading it because there was so little originality in the approach to ideas.

    There is nothing terribly original about this work. It certainly did not have anything that caught my attention or engaged my thinking as a reader.

    The Blah Blah Blah...
    The FTC says I have to tell you that I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my review. If you didn't know that, now you do.

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