God Is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense

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?This is a book I'll be recommending for years to come.?
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Do you believe God is just not fair?

If you?re like Jennifer Rothschild, you wrestle with questions when you experience painful circumstances.

Does God care? Does he hear my prayers? Is he even ...

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Overview

“This is a book I'll be recommending for years to come.”
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author

Do you believe God is just not fair?

If you’re like Jennifer Rothschild, you wrestle with questions when you experience painful circumstances.

Does God care? Does he hear my prayers? Is he even there?

Blinded as a teenager, Jennifer overcame daunting obstacles, found strength in God, and launched a successful speaking and writing ministry.

Then in her 40’s, everything changed.

Jennifer hit a wall of depression and discontent that shook her to her core, undermining many of her past assumptions about her faith. Jennifer wondered who God was and why he continued to allow her to struggle and doubt.

Where, Jennifer pleaded,is his hand of healing and hope in my life now?

This is a book about finding more than just answers. It’s for anyone who needs hope when life doesn’t make sense—for all who reach for a God who feels distant.

As Jennifer tackles the six big questions of faith, she will help you:

  • Trust God more than your feelings.
  • Strengthen your faith when you feel beat up by life.
  • Embrace your obstacles and start experiencing their purpose.
  • Face your disappointment and grow stronger from your loss.
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Like David, Job, Jeremiah, and other saints of Old, Jennifer Rothschild asks the hard questions of God with startling honesty and refreshing transparency. And, akin to Jacob, Jennifer wrestles mightiliy with God through the dark night of her soul--that readers might experience thee relief of His light and the certain assurance of His blessings. -- Ann Voskamp, , Author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

What Jennifer teaches us is rooted and grounded in truth. What is truth? It's God's Word which sets us apart and enables us to live in the courage of faith. How this is exemplified in my precious friend's life! I am so proud of you, Jennifer, for taking us to the bread of life and nourishing our shouls. -- Kay Arthur, , Cofounder of Precept Ministries International, focused on establishing people in God's word

“God, is this fair?” My wife and I asked this question after the passing of our precious daughter. The fact is, everything in life doesn’t turn out the way we expect---just ask Jennifer Rothschild, one of our favorite “LIFE Today” guests who became blind as a 15-year-old. With candor, Jennifer deals head-on with deep, probing questions many of us have asked. For those who wonder if God hears their prayers…cares…or even if God is good, this book will point you to Hope. Ultimately, “what matters most is not the questions,” Jennifer writes, “but the heart of the questioner.' -- James Robison, , Founder, LIFE Outreach International, cohost, 'LIFE Today' Television, Fort Worth, Texas

After many years of great friendship and Bible study with Jennifer Rothschild, I have witnessed her immense passion for Christ’s ability to heal and inspire others. In God is Just Not Fair, she asks the hardest, timeless questions of faith while bringing hope to others who, like Jennifer, have gone through the testing challenges of life. -- Mark Richt, , Head football coach, University of Georgia

In this tender book full of compassion, Jennifer wrestles through the questions that can rise to the surface during painful circumstances. 'Why is this happening?' 'Is God there and does He care?' Unlike other resources that wrestle with these deep issues from the head, Jennifer does so from the heart. She will show you how to have unrelenting courage to plead for God's power and, at the same time, for remarkable strength to trust God's plan. This is a book I'll be recommending for years to come. -- Lysa TerKeurst, , New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

At some point in our lives, I am betting that every one of us has cried out, “Why, God?” My friend Jennifer understands that heart cry at the deepest level – and has a lifetime of wisdom to share with us. “God is Just Not Fair” is a wonderful, wonderful book. Jennifer does not settle for pat, easy answers but encourages us to ask the hard questions and then hold tight to the eternal perspective that is the only way the answers will truly be found. -- Shaunti Feldhahn, , Social researcher and bestselling author of For Women Only

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? This is the faith-wrecking question asked by believers and atheists alike. It has caused millions of the faithful to doubt everything they thought they knew about God. Jennifer Rothschild speaks to this issue like few others--offering real answers with refreshing personal insights, solid biblical truth, and genuine heartfelt compassion. She can speak to you because she's been there and she cares. If your life isn't making sense, read God Is Just Not Fair, and discover how God is using your trials to lead you to hope, healing, and joy. -- Kirk Cameron, , Television and film actor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310338581
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 72,894
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Rothschild has written 9 books and Bible studies, including the bestsellers, Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Self-Talk, Soul-Talk. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Life Today, and a Billy Graham television special and spoken for Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women. She is the founder of the Fresh Grounded Faith conferences and womensministry.net. She lost her sight at age 15 and regularly travels and speaks around the country, sharing her story and all God has done in her life. Jennifer lives with her family in Missouri.

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God Is Just Not Fair

finding hope when life doesn't make sense


By Jennifer Rothschild

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2013 Jennifer Rothschild
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-33858-1



CHAPTER 1

Just Desserts


Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband


As a little girl in church, I used to sing the beautiful hymn, "Fairest Lord Jesus." I loved the melody, and even though I didn't really grasp the words, I liked them too.

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.


I had no idea what "my soul's glory, joy, and crown" were, and I didn't much care. All I cared about was that Jesus was the "fairest"! And since Jesus and I were tight, I expected things should work out pretty well for me. Fairness was really important to me, as it is to most children. I didn't want my brothers to get more candy than I did or to stay up later than I got to. I just wanted everything to always be fair. So it was reassuring to think of Jesus as he was described in that hymn—the "fairest."

I clearly didn't understand that the hymn writer was using another definition of fair—beautiful, lovely, and pleasing. Bummer! But shouldn't Jesus still be described as the fairest anyway? After all, he is God, and God is fair, right? Yet, bad things happen to people all the time. And bad things happen to Christians too—people who are tight with God. So is God fair?

In the summer of 2010, Joni Eareckson Tada, a woman I have long admired, was diagnosed with breast cancer. More than thirty years ago, her book about the diving accident that left her a quadriplegic was one of the last books I read before I was diagnosed with the degenerative eye disease that took the majority of my vision. Her story inspired me, and reading about how she struggled, questioned, and triumphed over her limitations was exactly what I needed tucked into my heart for my coming journey into darkness. I have loved her ever since, so I was saddened when I heard about her cancer. I thought, "She doesn't deserve that pain. She's been in a wheelchair since she was seventeen. Isn't that suffering enough? She has served God so faithfully, even with her disability. It just doesn't seem fair that God would let her get cancer. Isn't one hard thing in this life enough?"

We tend to feel like a little suffering is expected, but once we've met the Christian quota for suffering, it just isn't fair to have more piled on. Besides, don't we as Christians deserve protection, blessings, and healing from "fairest Lord Jesus"? And not just us—there are plenty of people who may not be Christians, but they don't deserve a bum rap either. You know, like how a dad loses his job at the same time his elderly mom has to be put in a nursing home, while his young son struggles with a new diagnosis of diabetes and his wife is so overwhelmed that she falls into a deep depression. And of course, with no job, there is no insurance. How is that fair? How can "good" people deserve such bad things in life? Especially when we believe God is good?

Many of us embrace the belief that we deserve good things from God because he is good and that seems only fair. But is it really true? Yes, God is good, but does this mean we deserve only good things in our lives?


What Do We Deserve from God?

I've never grappled with this issue of what we deserve from God as much as I did when I sat in the front of the auditorium in a civic center on a cold January night. I was the guest speaker at a women's conference. I had just completed the first of three talks, and it had already been a hard weekend. The travel had been challenging; the weather was raw and wintry; and now a striking theological difference between me and the conference organizers had sparked an undercurrent of tension in the room.

The tension had to do with our differing views of healing. One group of Christians reads the Bible and is convinced it is God's will that everyone be healed. Other Christians read the same Bible and conclude it is not God's will that everyone be healed. If you're unfamiliar with the Bible, this may be confusing. Here's a very simplified synopsis of the two basic ways Christians understand sickness and healing.

• View 1: Some believe all sickness should be healed. When healing does not occur, they believe it can be attributed to either a lack of repentance for sin or a lack of faith. If you have enough faith, God will heal you. Because of your faith and God's goodness, you deserve healing.

• View 2: Others believe God allows sickness and suffering, and both can be redeemed by God for a purpose. But it is not God's will that all should be healed on planet Earth. Sickness isn't necessarily a result of individual sin or a lack of faith, but rather a result of our broken human condition. Suffering and healing are not based on merit. In general terms, we aren't sick because we deserve it, and we aren't healed because we deserve it.


I happen to fall into the View 2 camp. But the majority of the women in the auditorium on that January weekend fell into the View 1 camp. It was clear that someone on the "choose the speaker" committee had failed to inform the leadership that I might have a slightly different perspective on what the Bible says about healing. Oops! I guess I just assumed that any group that invited a blind speaker to their event would know they were getting the walking poster child for the "God doesn't always heal" perspective.

My feeling that the woman in charge didn't agree with my understanding of Scripture was confirmed as the weekend went on. Following my first talk, in which I shared my story of living with blindness and living with faith, the woman responsible for putting on the conference stood on the platform and graciously offered a subtle theological rebuttal. I felt a tad uncomfortable, but I tried to keep smiling and chalk it up to sisterly differences. It's OK, I thought. She's entitled to share her opinion. It's no big deal.

My second talk was based on the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3—the story in which three Hebrew men are thrown into the fiery furnace by angry King Nebuchadnezzar and then rescued by God. My key point was that sometimes God chooses to deliver us through fire rather than from fire. When I finished my talk, any thoughts I had that our differences were no big deal had vanished. I could tell by the atmosphere in the room that it was, in fact, a very big deal. I suddenly felt like my name would soon appear on the church's "most wanted" list. This time when the woman in charge took the stage after I finished speaking, she was slightly less gracious in the way she refuted my teaching. I was clearly in trouble.

The conference leader and I couldn't have been more opposite in our understanding, and here I was saying things like, "Sometimes God does not heal," and, "Sometimes God brings you through the fire." I didn't want to cause confusion for the audience and, truthfully, I didn't want to cause trouble for myself with the woman in charge—because, believe me, she was large and in charge! I just wanted to be faithful to the truth as I understood it and then leave. I am quite sure they wanted the same. At least I'm sure about the leave part.

There was a thirty-minute break before the third session, and I used every minute of it to pray about my final message. It was about the apostle Paul's thorn in the flesh—you know, the thorn God didn't remove (2 Corinthians 12:7–9). Oh no, I thought. The woman in charge isn't going to like this message at all! Should I soften it, Lord? As I prayed, I felt like God was giving me a green light to give the talk as it was, so I walked to the podium for the last session and asked the women to turn to 2 Corinthians 12 in their Bibles. I have never felt so small, so aware of my own frailty, so willing to be wrong—and so willing to be out of there! As I began, I was still silently asking God to give me wisdom or to pluck that thorn right out of Scripture. But no matter how hard I tried to see it otherwise, the thorn remained. So I proceeded to teach about living a life of faith when God allows thorns.

By the end of the message, I felt enormously relieved. It was over—or so I thought. Turns out it was just beginning. The formerly gracious woman in charge stood and said in an unmistakably condescending tone, "I would like to thank our little speaker." Our little speaker? I suddenly felt like a Shrinky Dink who wanted nothing more than to become the invisible woman. But there I sat, red with embarrassment and hurt, and just a little incredulous.

Did she really just call me "our little speaker"? I'm toast! The heat was on. I braced myself for another rebuttal, but instead of refuting my message, she pulled out the big guns. "Everyone in this room deserves to be healed," she stated. "If you have enough faith, God will heal you."

My heart began to race. Actually, my heart began to break. What about Paul? I thought. He had faith, but he wasn't healed. What about the Hebrew men thrown into the furnace? God allowed that. How could she disregard all the examples in the Bible?

Then came the moment of truth—her truth anyway. After revving up everyone's emotions, the leader announced, "If you believe you deserve to be healed, stand. Come on, stand! You deserve to be healed. Stand up and show God you have the faith to be healed. You deserve it!" Women were clapping as other women in the room rose to their feet.

I felt a clammy sweat in the palms of my hands, and my heart was still pounding. I was in the front row! Everyone could see "our little speaker." Even if they couldn't easily see me, they would be looking for me, because the leader's invitation was in direct opposition to the message I had just invited them to consider. Women all over the auditorium were standing, weeping, and cheering. The woman in charge kept inviting them to stand, repeatedly declaring that they "deserved to be healed."

The atmosphere in the room was intense, and I was a knot of tension. I stared straight ahead and tried to whisper like a ventriloquist to my friend Karen, who was seated next to me, "Is everyone standing?" Karen whispered through her own pursed lips, "Everyone but us." She paused for a second and then whispered, "I'll do whatever you do."

How I hated to go against the group. How I hated to be obvious, looking as if "our little speaker" was trying to make a big theological statement. And how I hated to upset the woman in charge with the very big personality and the very loud microphone. I wanted Karen to say, "Aw, c'mon, let's just stand. It won't really matter. It'd be better to compromise by standing than to upset everyone by sitting." But she didn't say that, and I'm glad she didn't.

Let's just say "our little speaker" was shaking in her size six boots. I sighed and whispered back to Karen, "I can't stand." Her response was my consolation: "Neither can I." And so there we sat. Heathens or heretics—I'm not sure what the onlookers thought about us. I just know that, according to Karen, we were the only two sitting.

The reason I remained seated had nothing to do with faith. Had the invitation been "if you believe God can heal," or something similar, I would have been on my feet. Actually, I may have been standing on my chair and shouting so loudly I would have gotten on everyone's nerves. Because of God's grace, I have been granted faith. The faith I have is sufficient faith for healing—and it's sufficient faith for suffering.

My friend, the reason I didn't stand was because of the way the leader consistently made her appeal: "You deserve to be healed." I did not stand because I don't believe I deserve to be healed. Is that radical? Does it sound like low spiritual self-esteem or a martyr complex to you? As you consider this, let me reassure you that there have been many times when I have gratefully received prayers for healing. Mighty men and women of faith have laid hands on me and prayed as tears streamed down my face. I have exercised the faith to be healed, but my requests for divine healing are not motivated by the belief that I deserve it.

Think about it. If you had been at that conference, would you have stood? Do you feel you deserve to be healed—or delivered or blessed? If you do, please don't think I am condemning you or your views. After all, it may simply indicate that those who hold this view see God as loving, powerful, and good—and he is. I know the weeping women in the auditorium that wintery night weren't calculating their own merit when they stood for healing. It's likely most didn't even register the implications of the way the leader phrased her appeal. They stood because they longed to be rescued from their heartbreak. They were showing God they loved and trusted and needed him. I respect them for their faith and devotion. But standing because you believe God can heal you and standing because you believe you deserve for God to heal you are two very different things.

So here's a question: What do you and I really deserve from God? As you ponder that question, let me introduce you to two guys from the Old Testament whose story gives us a clue about what we deserve.


Deserve or Desserts?

Moses had an older brother named Aaron. The Lord had appointed Aaron, his four sons, and his descendants to serve as Israel's priests (Exodus 28). The primary function of priests was to oversee the offering of sacrifices to God. Because of his holiness, God had instituted strict protocols for everything to do with worship and how the priests should approach him (Leviticus 1–9). One day, Aaron's two oldest sons evidently decided to approach God on their terms: "Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command" (Leviticus 10:1).

Exactly what Aaron's sons did isn't totally clear, but this we do know—it wasn't what God required. When they offered "unauthorized fire before the LORD," Aaron's sons dishonored God by ignoring the very specific rules he had established for worship in the tabernacle. At best, their actions were careless; at worst, they showed flagrant disregard for God.

Sometimes we think of God as a doting grandpa in the sky who chuckles good-naturedly at our sinful actions because he considers them merely silly or cute. Other times we think of God as an unconcerned deity who pays attention only to the big moral violations in the world like theft and murder. And then there are times we think of God as someone who shouldn't be too picky about what we do because, after all, we mean well most of the time and we're only human. Maybe those are some of the thoughts Aaron's sons had as they brought their strange fire to God. Perhaps they didn't take him seriously, so they thought he probably wouldn't take them too seriously either. But they were dead wrong, literally: "Fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD" (Leviticus 10:2).

What? They improvised a little on the rules and God struck them dead? That's not what they deserved, is it? They didn't mean to tick off God. How could such a seemingly minor infraction warrant the death penalty? As much as it pains me to say it, Nadab and Abihu got their just desserts. They got what they deserved. They violated the law of the holiness of God, and God responded justly. They deserved to be treated according to their sin.

We, too, deserve to be treated according to our sin. Yet we don't get what we deserve. God treats us "unfairly" when it comes to our sin. We all play with unauthorized fire. We live our lives with all manner of actions and attitudes that affront God's character. Simply put, we come before God with sin.

In and of themselves, our sins may not seem like a big deal—they're just part of being human. But what they reveal is that we have a sinful nature; we have the inclination and disposition to sin. Consequently, our sinful actions and attitudes are just like that unauthorized fire Aaron's sons carted into God's presence. Neither the strange fire—nor its owner—can stand before God because both are sinful.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from God Is Just Not Fair by Jennifer Rothschild. Copyright © 2013 Jennifer Rothschild. Excerpted by permission of ZONDERVAN.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION: What I Didn't Want You to Know, 11,
PART 1: God, Are You Fair?, 17,
1. Just Desserts, 21,
2. Divine Inequality, 31,
3. Justice Delayed, Justice Denied, 37,
4. Stark Raving Grateful, 44,
PART 2: God, Do You Err?, 53,
5. Wrestling with God's Ways, 57,
6. Perfectly Strange, 65,
7. Can the Immutable Change?, 72,
8. Not the God We Expect, 78,
PART 3: God, Do You Hear Prayer?, 85,
9. Can You Even Hear Me?, 87,
10. God, If You're Listening, Make a Move!, 95,
11. Good God, Lousy Answers, 102,
12. The Ultimate Answer, 107,
13. Jesus Had an Unanswered Prayer Too, 112,
PART 4: God, Do You Care?, 119,
14. Compassionate Inactivity, 121,
15. Where There's Ability, There's Responsibility, 130,
16. If You Care, Get Me Out of Here, 140,
17. Spectator Grace, 148,
18. You Will Be OK, 154,
PART 5: God, Are You Aware?, 159,
19. God Only Knows, 161,
20. He Knows Your Name, 169,
21. His Eye Is on You, 173,
22. Tell God What He Already Knows, 178,
23. Forgetful Omniscience, 183,
24. God, Am I Aware?, 188,
PART 6: God, Are You There?, 195,
25. AWOL, 197,
26. Hide-and-Seek, 202,
27. If You Had Been Here, 208,
28. Bethel for Your Soul, 213,
29. He Travels with You on Your Road, 217,
30. Keep Walking Toward Him, 224,
CONCLUSION: What I Really Want You to Know, 232,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, 237,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

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    I had the opportunity to see Jennifer in person...I loved how do

    I had the opportunity to see Jennifer in person...I loved how down to earth and real she is! She carries her personal stories into her book. Right from the beginning, she drew me in! My blanket of faith is small and new, but as it grows, it can start to become worn and torn. I really enjoyed the end of each section...Threads of Truth for Your Blanket of Faith. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your stories and bringing comfort to mine! I'd also like to recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." It is another great book about forgiveness and the power of God to deliver it. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    I used to tell my kids that life isn't fair, even, or equal.  Go

    I used to tell my kids that life isn't fair, even, or equal.  God, on the other hand, I thought was.  At least when life was smooth sailing on
    cloudless days.  But when the storm clouds gather, the wind picks up, and the waves start to toss the boat around the doubts rush in.
    In her book God Is Just, Not Fair Jennifer relates how she struggled with her doubts as she suffered depression. She wasn't afraid to ask 
    God...are you fair? do you err? do you hear prayer?  do you care? are you aware? are you there?  In asking these questions she found 
    answers, she found hope, she found truth, she found God.  

    I enjoyed reading this book and I will be passing it on! 

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    This book is truly exceptional for a couple of reasons.  One is

    This book is truly exceptional for a couple of reasons.  One is that the author has earned credibility on the subject by losing her sight at age 15 and having that situation increase in difficulty as the decades have passed.  The other is that, plain and simple, she is an excellent writer who has thoroughly considered the subject about which she is writing:  is God fair? 

    The author approaches this difficult subject from many angles, asking if God cares, errs, is aware, and hear prayers.  She uses both Scripture and people's experiences to demonstrate God's character, which is to be trusted.

    The depth of the author's personality is reflected in this book.  At one point, she talks about feeling guilty for being blind.  She knows this is not logical but also realizes that perhaps the reason she chooses to feel this way is to avoid the alternative:  to blame God.   It is easy to find yourself reflected in her thoughts and feelings, all of which point you to the answer that God is good.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  It well written and well reasoned, a "keeper".  I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my agreement to read and review it.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    "Why would God allow this to happen to me?" "How

    "Why would God allow this to happen to me?" "How can a God who is good and doesn't make mistakes allow something like this to happen?"
    We all struggle with questions like this. If I have learned anything from reading the Bible, attending church and listening to sermons on the subject, and walking in faith myself over the years, it is that there is really no definitive answer to these questions.

    I don't know what I was expecting from this book, then. I wasn't expecting the answer because if I haven't found any answer besides "trust in God" in the Bible, I wouldn't find it in another book. I was somewhat disappointed in this book. It was a difficult read because this is difficult subject matter. I found it was more or less a rehash of things I have already heard. Things like, "God has a plan." "Have faith, even though you may not understand his ways." It's not that I don't believe these things. I do. But they don't make the heartache or the struggle go away. They can make it easier. Trusting in God and wrapping ourselves in our "blanket of faith", as Rothschild puts it, can help us get through things others simply could not.

    I didn't learn anything new from this book, but others may be able to. If you have a hard time getting things out of scripture and you want a book that lays it out for you, this is a good book to read. I, however, didn't really get anything extra out of it that I couldn't get from simply reading the Bible and reflecting on it myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Very Enjoyable- Easy Read

    The author adds many "everyday life" stories to illustrate topics of the book. I enjoyed it.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    Jennifer Rothschild writes from her heart and life in "God

    Jennifer Rothschild writes from her heart and life in "God is Just Not Fair." Using both personal and biblical accounts she asks God some pointed questions that we all can admittedly relate to: Do You err? Do You hear prayer? Do You care? Are You aware? Are You there? Her "blanket of faith" has been worn to a frazzle, at times, but each time she discovers a thread of hope from the Bible to weave into the gaps made by life's suffering, sorrow, and disappointments. Each chapter begins with a woeful cry and ends with an earnest proclamation of trust in a holy and loving Father God. This is definitely a pass-it-on book.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Jennifer Rothschild dives right into the heart of the matter, ev

    Jennifer Rothschild dives right into the heart of the matter, every time. I've read a few of her books and saw her at a Fresh-Grounded Faith conference a few years back. She is so down-to-earth but at the same time so well-spoken; she leads her listeners and readers gently into the truths she wishes to impart, and this book is no exception.




    She begins the book by writing in the first few chapters about how God does not give us what we deserve; we deserve death and suffering for our sins, but God didn't leave us there. He is not FAIR--He shows us mercy and forgiveness, even when it's not what we deserve. He *is* JUST, though; He keeps his promises and does what He says He will do, even when that doesn't seem fair to us. Fairness is a subjective term.




    Jennifer goes on to address several different things that hit home for me, especially the sections on wrestling with God and on whether or not God hears our prayers (and the question of what is possible vs. what is best for us). I think we all can relate to the issue of unanswered prayers! She addresses some very difficult points, and her writings about her experiences with depression in particular are very frank and revealing. She shows us her heart in this book, her heart at a very difficult time of despair and doubt. She shows us that even when we're going through times where we question whether or not God is fair, He is there. He hears us, and He can bring us out of our pit, every time. This is definitely a book I will be recommending to others and giving as gifts.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    This book was sent to me by the author for review.   I have not

    This book was sent to me by the author for review.   I have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable or non-favorable review of this book.   WOW!!!  God's timing is perfect.  Just the first couple of  chapters have spoken volumes to my life.  Everything has just hit home to me and it is just what I needed at this point in my life and the questions that I have and not have the answers for and am not receiving answers.   Thank you Jennifer for being open and listening to God .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Jennifer Rothschild has done it again! She writes a book that is

    Jennifer Rothschild has done it again! She writes a book that is open, honest, vulnerable.
    We hear of her struggles of faith, questioning God and coming to understanding-questions that most likely we've all asked before.
     Her writing is scripture based and accessible. I highly recommend reading God is Just Not Fair. 
    At the end of each section she provides us with "Threads of Truth for Your Blanket of Faith."
    I hope you'll find these as helpful as I do! If you are questioning, searching or just plain-old tired, pick up a copy of this book and dive in. 

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Jennifer Rothschild's newest book, God Is Just Not Fair, helps t

    Jennifer Rothschild's newest book, God Is Just Not Fair, helps the reader with questions we all have sometime during our lives..  Jennifer's questions are real (God,do you hear prayer?  God, are you there?  God, do you care?).  These questions come from her real-life struggles and the answers are found in God's HOLY BIBLE.  Written in language that is easy to understand nod easy to identify with, GIJNF is a must read.  God's message is clearly presented by one human who has personally struggled and has found in her search a way to share with everyone the TRUTH about our Savior's cre for each of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    This book is for anyone who has ever wrestled with the hard ques

    This book is for anyone who has ever wrestled with the hard questions of faith…does God care? Does He hear my prayer? Is God fair?
    Jennifer Rothschild explores these questions through the lens of her own experience in dealing with the loss of her eyesight as a
    teenager, trusting God in the midst of her circumstances & seeing God use her to touch other women through her writing and
    speaking ministry yet found herself wrestling with depression in her 40's. As one who has experienced depression off and on
    throughout my life, I appreciate Jennifer's openness and honesty about her struggle with depression and the doubts about God
    that forced her to question the very foundation of her faith. Written with honesty, authenticity and vulnerability, God is Just Not Fair
    is a wonderful book that will encourage, give hope and provide a fuller picture of God’s goodness, His mercy, compassion and
    endless grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    I love this book and will be sharing it with a couple of friends

    I love this book and will be sharing it with a couple of friends who have gone through tough times.  Jennifer shares honestly about her experiences with blindness that God has not healed.  She writes in such a way that makes you feel as if your wise mentor is sitting right across the table from you.  She openly shares her feelings, her reaction to God, and how God has challenged those reactions.  She then gently challenges the reader's reactions to their own painful and "unfair" circumstances.  She also offers practical advice on how to break unhealthy patterns of viewing God- for example, when God does not move "quickly" in a situation, Jennifer coaches the reader to a) cry when you hurt, b)trust God more than your feelings and c) choose loyalty over logic.  Again, this is a great book for anyone who has gone through tough times and wondered where God is and why He doesn't seem to be acting- and haven't we all been there?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I am so glad I purchased this book! Being a fairly new Christi

    I am so glad I purchased this book! Being a fairly new Christian, there is a lot about the Bible I find difficult to understand. I have read other books by Jennifer and have been to one of her conferences and felt certain that she could answer these tough questions like nobody else. Not only does she answer these questions, but she also reveals her own vulnerabilities and makes it easy to see how God treats us all “justly”.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    Not too long ago I heard Jennifer speak at a conference, and I t

    Not too long ago I heard Jennifer speak at a conference, and I thought she had it all. She has a loving husband and family, a fantastic speaking and writing career, but she struggles daily just like me. This book has opened my eyes to the difficulties women face each and every day. They’re no different than me. We are all alike. Some might have more money, a better job or live in a bigger house, but without God’s faith, we really have nothing.

    Jennifer opens up your mind to a different thought pattern about God’s “fairness” in this world. She tries to guide us to the answers of the many questions each of us ask. In the process, she also opens our hearts to God. To understand why things aren’t always “fair”, and has us taking another look at what we do have because of our faith in Him.

    She wants us to trust God with all of our feelings, not just the questionable ones. Seek God when you are at your lowest so that He may lift you up. What you see as obstacles, are really stepping stones to a better future. We need to turn to Him when we’re disappointed or facing a loss so that he can guide us through it.

    This is a wonderful book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I enjoyed this book and its answers to the struggles in this lif

    I enjoyed this book and its answers to the struggles in this life.  "Every struggle is a snapshot, every trial can be a teacher and every mystery of faith can become a ministry"
    Jennifer helps us understand that this world was made by God and God is in control.  His time is not the same as our time and His answers are not the same as our
    answers.  He knows the big picture and Jennifer gives us scripture to help us understand a little bit more of what that picture is.  Awesome reading.  A must for all who are facing
    things happening in this life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Another excellent book by Jennifer Rothschild! Especially like t

    Another excellent book by Jennifer Rothschild! Especially like the "Threads of Truth for Your Blanket of Faith" at the end of each part, which point you back to God's Word. "We don't have to understand everything about God to trust Him fully."  Amen!  This is a must-read for everyone. Thank you , Jennifer, for writing yet another book in which you are so transparent. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It answered my questions

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It answered my questions that I have asked during my Christian "walk." I love how she states, "Choosing reverence over resentment is the only wise choice. Gratitude can break any chains of resentment that may be binding you to sorrow or bitterness." This definitely hit home with me and there is so much more in this book that I could relate to as well. This is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    A book that answers the questions that arise when painful suffer

    A book that answers the questions that arise when painful suffering occurs.

    We all have them at one time or another. Whether they come, as unwelcome visitors, when trials or tragedy occur or as a result of 
    watching someone else suffer---the are as common as "a cold." 

    Questions arise like: 
     
    God are you fair? 
    God do you err? 
    God, do you hear prayer? 
    God, do you care? 
    God, are you aware? 
    God, are you there? 

    In her latest book "God Is Just Not Fair" Jennifer Rothschild takes each of these questions apart and examines then in light of Scripture. 
    And who better to do so then someone who has asked them all herself. 

    Having lost her sight as a teenager, Jennifer has navigated life blind for her entire adult life. And she does it with grace and dignity, I might add,
    not to mention while maintaining a sense of humor. I've read all of her books because there is much to be gleaned from this woman's life. 

    This book is by far the author's most candid work. It may very well be my favorite. I found myself laughing, crying, and even praying as I read. 
    Jennifer provides such incredible insight for those in the thralls of hardship. And, as someone who deals with chronic health issues, it brings bountiful 
    comfort and hope. And who doesn't need hope? There is not a person alive who in some way won't find themselves within it's pages.

    It is not wrong to ask questions. In fact, it is right. How we process them and where we turn to for answers is what makes all of the difference. 
    There is only two potentials when dealing with hardship: we get bitter, or we get better. Much of that depends upon the lens through which we choose
    to view life. 

    I'm so grateful that Jennifer Rothschild has chosen to view her hardship through the lens of faith. 

    Even in the darkest moments while suffering deep depression, due to chronic exhaustion and other physical changes, she continued
    to look to the right source for her answers. With more holes in her "blanket of faith" then she could possibly patch she allowed God
    to fill the missing pieces. 

    There is so much to be learned from her experiences as well as her teaching. God is just not fair. Sometimes that can be a very hard
    pill to swallow. Which is why you need to read this book. 

    It is medicine for the soul...a real heart cure!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Honest. Vulnerable. Hope-filled. These are the words springing

    Honest. Vulnerable. Hope-filled.

    These are the words springing to mind as I read Jennifer Rothschild’s newest book, God Is Just Not Fair. Other words which have been teasing my thoughts because of this hard to put down book include:

    Challenging. Revealing. Cleansing.

    God Is Just Not Fair has been a (surprisingly) personal experience for me. Something which I did not expect. In this book, Jennifer offers reflections and heartfelt confessions of what it means to live with her blindness and the questions with which she has grappled over the years.

    I’ll be honest. Reading this book has brought fears to my awareness I had yet to realize were hiding in my heart. Uncovering questions which have been formed over the past five months as I have experienced the painful and debilitating symptoms, discouragement, and finally treatement for a cornea disease while writing my second book. Questions such as:

     ”Am I going to have to live with this pain and blindness for the rest of my life?”
    “Can I trust God with my recovery?”
    “Will I be able to handle it if He allows the disease to return?”

    All of these previously unacknowledged fears needed to be wrestled with and given to God. Thankfully, through God Is Just Not Fair, Jennifer Rothschild has offered me a sisterly push into doing just that. And she can do provide the same for you if circumstances in your past or present have left you struggling to understand how God could allow it or where He has been through it all.
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    God Is Just Not Fair is a book which every reader can relate to on some level. We have all experienced disappointment. We have all had questions of whether God is truly there or even bothering to listen. In this book, Jennifer Rothschild offers hope and advice which rise above mere platitudes. Rather, she has plumbed the well of her deeper experience, faith, and biblical wisdom. This is a book you simply must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    If you have days when you look at your life and question God's l

    If you have days when you look at your life and question God's love, fairness and answers to prayer, then run out and buy this book, grab a cup of coffee at the drive-thru and dive in. Jennifer Rothschild is the girlfriend we all wish we had who is honest, compassionate, non-judgmental and who tells it like it is. In her battle with adversity through life, we watch her grapple with questions we all have but are afraid to admit. You will walk away from this book seeing how our Just, Sovereign, and Perfect God can and will redeem your life for His glory.

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