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If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?

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In this revised and updated version of a best-selling classic on the subject of loss and renewal, first published in 1989, the author comes alongside people in pain, and shows the way through and beyond it, to joy again. This book has proven helpful to those who are struggling and to those who wish to understand and help.

Having lost his first son in 1978, Dr. Biebel became immersed in pain, again, in 1986, when his second son, Christopher, was stricken with the same genetically...

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In this revised and updated version of a best-selling classic on the subject of loss and renewal, first published in 1989, the author comes alongside people in pain, and shows the way through and beyond it, to joy again. This book has proven helpful to those who are struggling and to those who wish to understand and help.

Having lost his first son in 1978, Dr. Biebel became immersed in pain, again, in 1986, when his second son, Christopher, was stricken with the same genetically linked illness that had caused Jonathan's death just a few years earlier.

The preface captures the book's honesty and practicality, "All around us, people are in pain. Emotional, physical, relational, spiritual - whatever its sources, the pain feels the same. Even born-again, sincere, evangelical, Bible-believing, church-going, church-leading believers are in pain.... Many who hurt have been nursing the wounds for so long they can't remember what it's like to be anything other than sad. Others denied the pain and submerged the anger so long ago that they are unaware how the resulting depression, even bitterness, has subtly impacted their ability to love.... Now I know it's possible you've heard a lot of principles and endured too much advice. So I'll skip most of that and try for something else: Truth - one pilgrim to another. And the truth is, pain has two faces, human and divine. The human face is haggard, drawn, contorted, and streaked with tears. The divine is calm, assuring, kind, and loving - but likewise streaked with tears."

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When mind-bending pain clouds your thinking, or a deep disappointment throws you into an emotional tailspin, it's hard to grasp that God is good. My friend, Dave Biebel, tackles this age-old dilemma in this remarkable book, helping the reader understand exactly what's so good about God in the midst of suffering. I recommend it to you as good, deep reading! - Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

"For people who are grieving, only those who have suffered this level of pain are qualified to speak to their broken hearts. They alone are the only ones who can touch raw pain gently enough, and they alone are believable. As a grief counselor I am very protective of my patients, knowing that too often they are subjected to pat answers and spiritual Band-Aids. I trust Dave Biebel to speak to my patients because Dave bares his soul as a pastor in sharing from the raggedness of his grief and the depth of his anger and wrestling with God. His honesty has freed so many of my patients from guilt as they received permission to wrestle uncensored with God. And while they were not watching, God met them in the awful pain of grief. Thanks, Dave for daring to ask -- if God is so good, why do I hurt so bad?" --
Jan Pettigrew, Ph.D., R.N. - Oncology and Grief Crisis Counseling

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In his foreword, Charles Swindoll wrote, “Stunned yet courageous, this pastor recorded his feelings, his questions, his guilt, his struggles, and even his bitterness. as you read his words, you will nod with understanding and weep with compassion. Your heart will beat heavily as you identify with his profound sends of loss ... Not since Joe Bayly’s A view from the Hearse have I found myself more in agreement. To this author, grief is real; it dare not be denied or ignored. Yes, its wounds must be handled with care and given time to heal. Preserving us from pious platitudes and empty cliches, David Biebel says it straight and he says it well. Best of all, he doesn’t attempt to answer all the whys. Old Joseph Parker [who said that there is a broken heart in every pew] would have appreciated David’s style and content. I certainly do. So will you.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939267658
  • Publisher: Healthy Life Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,015,829
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Biebel, DMin, is a minister, editor, health educator, and author or coauthor of nineteen books including the CBA Gold Medallion award winning "New Light on Depression" and several others that have received special recognition including "If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?" and "Simple Health." His most recent series of health-related books includes "52 Ways to Feel Great Today." He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Personal Wholeness, with distinction, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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