Second Guessing God: Hanging on When You Can't See His Plan


"Why does God allow bad things to happen?" This book is Jones's response to that question. Like a good friend, Brian comes alongside those seeking help in trials of life to help them find meaning and strength.

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"Why does God allow bad things to happen?" This book is Jones's response to that question. Like a good friend, Brian comes alongside those seeking help in trials of life to help them find meaning and strength.

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Brian Jones...expresses the heart's disappointment and longing with a directness that somehow always ends up leading us toward God.

John Ortberg, author of If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat

Brian Jones sensitively addresses the existential doubts I have heard raised in both universities and churches: Where is God in my pain, and can he really be trusted? As a seasoned traveler through this difficult terrain and now pastor to other travelers, Brian speaks with transparency and passion about such questions and of God's faithfulness and presence in the midst of them.

—Ravi Zacharias, author of Recapture the Wonder

From the first paragraph I was captured by his open and engaging style. He dares to raise the questions and faith-doubts many of us have carried silently. You will appreciate his honesty and be strengthened by his counsel.

—Gene Appel, lead pastor

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Second Guessing God manages to be hip, funny, and contemporary while at the same time viewing serious and weighty life issues through a theological lens. In essence, Jones has taken themes from works such as C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy and James Dobson's When God Doesn't Make Sense and repackaged them for a 21st-century audience. The end result is a book that's at times challenging and frustrating, but ultimately encouraging and uplifting. Jones, who serves as pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley in Philadelphia, infuses Second Guessing God with personal anecdotes related to his family and ministry. He looks unflinchingly at the reality of suffering, trials, and doubt in Christians' lives, but wisely avoids offering pat answers. The book concludes with a wonderful chapter that anticipates an eternity in which, in the author's own words, "people don't hurt each other" and "newborns never die." Second Guessing God is Jones' first book, but expect to hear more from this talented and thought-provoking pastor.
—Don Morgan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780784718414
  • Publisher: Standard Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,445,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Jones is the founding pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley in Collegeville, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He and his wife Lisa helped plant CCV in 2000 and now he and his team lead a congregation of a thousand people. Brian is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Brian Jones answers tough questions.

    I have read two of Mr. Jone's books and found them hard to put down. Jones hits home with his honest accounts of how he has learned to trust God's timing and how to listen for answers. A must have for anyone with a new faith as well as those believers who find themselves questioning God's methods from time to time.

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    Posted March 14, 2006

    The Stories and the Strength

    LeRoy Lawson told a Writer¿s Clinic audience more than 25 years ago, ¿Dynamic writing follows dynamic living.¿ Brian Jones was just a boy then, but without hearing Lawson¿s advice, he has followed it. His new book is the testimony of someone who has embraced life with all the energy a young man can muster. Second Guessing God reveals some of what Jones¿s life has taught him. He tells us story after story about oddballs and everyday people who have given him hope, shed light on his own personal pain or doubt, or forced him to reconsider what he believes about God. I found myself chuckling out loud at some of these stories and then, within pages, hiding tears. I predict every reader will laugh and cry as they identify with the unvarnished truth Brian exposes. Every reader will relate to the questions and the quandaries Brian admits he has faced. He offers hope as he unflinchingly admits his own weaknesses and than takes us to God¿s word for help. This is no pop-culture, pat-answer panacea for every ill. Brian looks to a wide range of literature and Christian classics for illustrations and insights. He readily admits his only response to some questions is ¿I don¿t know.¿ He confesses his struggles and encourages his readers with theirs. As I read, I made a mental list of friends who will be helped by Second Guessing God. All of these could find courage to carry on from this highly readable book. But I know one person it has already helped. I will be stronger because I¿ve read this book. I believe that will be true for everyone who reads it. --Mark A. Taylor Copyright 2006 Christian Standard.

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