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Posted July 3, 2013
Writer Karen Jensen is a traveling motivational speaker as well as a professor at RHEMA Bible Training College in Broken Arrow Oklahoma. After her husband’s sudden death at the age of thirty-seven, Jensen became a single mom as well as the senior pastor at the church where she and her husband had previously pastored together. This traumatic experience of great loss gave Jensen a first-hand look at how a Christian should believe, question, and think about God when bad things happen in our lives, the subject of many of her studies and of the book Why God Why? What to do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.
In her book, Jensen gives the believing reader permission to question God when things go wrong and we don’t understand why. Her primary analogy throughout the book is that of a stove, where questions can go into the front-burner pots, but when we are done asking they need to be moved to the back-burners so that we can go on living our lives on the front-burners, rather than stewing in the questions and being unable to move on. Each of the following chapter presents the reader with a “front-burner truth” about God and our circumstances, and suggests ways in which to put these truths into action in our lives.
Because Jensen has experienced great loss herself, she provides insight into what a journey toward moving on might look like, as well as encouragements through stories of God’s provision for her and her sons. In some places, however, it might seem to someone who is struggling to have faith in God after loss that her experience was easier than theirs may be because she is so strong. In general, however, this book would probably have a positive influence on someone who is struggling with unexpected loss or great change in circumstance.
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