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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Where is God - Dr Townstead (Good , but a bit drawn)

    Everyone has problems , but is it in us to search out god purpose for the problems we have ?







    Dr Townstead tries to help you understand why god lets bad things happen , he tries to explain how god brings you closer and influences you to desire him and how god is working behind the scenes.


    I found the book a bit uninteresting but that may because its the third of its kind that I have read in a short period of time. Bad things happen , god makes lets it happen , because as you prune a tree to help it grow so does god do with us. Putting us under pressure to instigate change in us and how we view HIM. I had a hard time trying to read this book because it woudl alternate between teh clinical state of being written and the dramatic recreation of potent memories. I would grow tired of droll repitition then be sparked with just enough drama to keep me moving through the book.


    I think that this book is not so much about biblical standard as understanding the relationship between god and man and how he prunes and repairs us. I would and have recommended this book to those on their journey to understanding god and trying to understand the dramatic pain and loss that they have felt in their lives.


    Its a fairly good book and well worth its weight. WHich is something I value. It may not be at the top of the list but it made the list.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Really Where is God?

    I found this book to be really hard to "get it". Dr. Townsend wrote this book with the understanding that everyone's belief in God using bad things to happen to help strength us is different. The book uses a very methodical way of answering the questions that arise when you feel like God has just abandoned you and you have nowhere to turn. With this question always being asked this book will have uses and he does do very well at relating everything back to scripture and God. But I never really found anything hit me deep in the heart.

    For a non-believer or a new christian that is seeking God, this would be a great book to read while struggling with the question of "Where is God?", but I would not recommend it for someone who has really established a relationship with God.

    I review for Thomas Nelson books and received no payment beyond a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    Typical Townsend

    I just finished Dr. John Townsend's book Where is God? I had read his book Boundaries a few years ago, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into. Boundaries was a great book for me at that particular time in my life. I learned a lot of lessons from it and was looking forward to the same type of experience with Where is God?

    I think the reason that I didn't connect with this book is because I am at a different place in my life. I understand the audience for which the book was intended: those who are facing difficult times in regard to their health or finances, their marriages or their Christian walk. While my life certainly has it's adversities; I am not experiencing a crisis of faith. I know that God is with me in my difficult times, because I have gone through enough of them and God has never left me.

    That being said, I really appreciated the way that Townsend used stories and anecdotes to illustrate his points. There are so many people who can't understand having faith in a God that you can't see. This book talks about God's promises to us and how He will be with us whenever we need Him; especially in the most difficult times.

    Townsend talks about the typical types of problems people have: functional, relational, health or catastrophic. He addresses each of these and then spends the rest of the book on personal growth and having a strong faith in God.

    I got through the first half of this book relatively quickly; Townsend is a good storyteller and his conversational style is easy to follow. But the last half I found myself trudging through because I felt that it was like so many other Christian growth books I have read.

    To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions are mine and mine alone.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Where is God?

    How long, O LORD ? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
    How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and every day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?
    Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
    my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,"
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
    Psalm 13:1-4 (NIV

    Where is God? is Dr. John Townsend's attempt to answer the age-old question of how we look to God during our personal trials and pitfalls. Dr. Townsend relies on personal experience, years of Christian counseling, and scriptural reference to guide the reader through. While I understand his approach, I really think that this book misses the mark.

    The Introduction started off strong and reeled me in quickly. Unfortunately, it set a high standard that the rest of the book was unable to meet. The first 9 chapters were based more on his personal and professional stories than on scriptural references and solid Biblical instruction. It is not until chapter 10 that Dr. Townsend really dug in and delivered his intended message.

    It is a well thought out concept and the Introduction and last few chapters show the author's ability to convey the message, but the rest of the book really disappointed me.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    Hope

    The entire world is under a cloak of hard times. From the unthinkable number of layoffs in the United States to the heart-wrenching tragedy in Haiti, people are searching for answers. In Where Is God?, Dr. John Townsend discusses three major aspects of this question.

    Why does a loving God allow us to experience difficulties? How is God active in the middle of our hard times? How can I find God?

    Where is God? is written in a lilting manner and is full of illustrations, practical applications, and true stories of hurt and hope.

    Where Is God? is a timely response to the hardships faced by the world over. Dr. Townsend does a beautiful job of tying theology to the practicalities of everyday life. He is sensitive to the intense pain that immediately follows a tragedy, and cautions readers not to throw a handful of false hope in the wake of hardship. One of the final chapters of Where Is God? contains ideas for how to structure devotions especially during the hard times. The conclusion has a listing of other books on pain and suffering that could be useful to the reader. I respectfully disagree with some of Dr. Townsend's theology, but I still find Where Is God to be a helpful book during times such as these.


    This book was provided for my review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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