Why is there suffering?
What does God really think of me?
And why does He make me work so hard?
We all have questions about God. He does some things we don’t understand. He does things we don’t like. He sometimes even does things that, quite honestly, annoy us. Why does He do what He does? Doesn’t He know that we need answers?
If we could just figure Him out, life--as well as faith--would be so much easier.
But life and faith aren’t easy, are they? Evil invades our world. Bad things happen all around us. People die every day for the mere lack of food and water. And in the midst of it all, we’re asked by God to believe in an absolutely unbelievable story.
Dear God, We Need to Talk helps you explore your toughest questions about God. Tackling everything from family issues to God’s sovereignty Darren Schalk considers what he’s been taught, applies it to everyday events you can relate to, and then filters it all through a modern but biblical worldview in a delightfully witty and honest way. Leaving you, in the end, with more confidence in God’s power, His wisdom and His direction for your life.
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About the Author
Darren Schalk is the curriculum editor for the Church of God of Prophecy and associate editor for OAR, Inc. He promotes discipleship around the globe and serves on several interdenominational boards focused on the topic. In addition, he considers himself a progenitor of humor, preacher of Pentecost, and potential possessor of platypus. He and his wife, Kristi, reside in Cleveland, TN with their three children.
Table of Contents
Introduction: God (and Various Other Things That Confuse Me) xi
1 Dear God, I Told You So: (When I Want to Win an Argument With God) 1
2 Tiny the Giant, Lollipops, and Magic Wands: (When God's Simpler Than I Want Him to Be) 15
3 A Family Affair: (Is God's Family as Crazy as Mine?) 29
4 Taking the Easy Road: (Why Does God Make Me Work So Hard?) 41
5 Are You a Fire Starter?: (When God Doesn't Save Me From Myself) 53
6 Pennies From Heaven (When God Doesn't Provide the Way I'd Expect) 67
7 A Question of Timing: (Can We Please Work by My Schedule?) 77
8 Don't Mess With Happy: (If God Doesn't Change, Why Should I?) 89
9 Does God Ever Blink the Eyes on the Back of His Head?: (When I Want to Get Away With Wrongdoing) 101
10 Mirror Image: (When I Don't Like What I See) 115
11 The Shadow of Rest: (When God Doesn't Make Everything Better) 129
12 Disneyland Burned Down: (When God Disappoints Me) 143
13 Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster Without Puking: (When I Wish God Hadn't Invented Emotions) 155
14 Love, Love, Love: (When I Want to Earn What I Get From God) 167
15 Dear God, Are You Insane?: (When God Wants Me to Stop Sinning) 177
16 No More Tears, No More Pain: (When I Wish I Was God) 193
Epilogue: The One With No Stories 207
What People are Saying About This
“Schalk’s doubts, and ultimate faith in God’s grace and goodness, will be an encouragement to you on your spiritual journey.” Ed Stetzer
“If you’ve ever questioned God, and you’re honest enough to admit it, read these pages and find Him closing in on you.” Warren Barfield, Dove Awardnominated recording artist
“We find it amazing that often what we dislike about someone turns around and becomes what is most endearing about them to us. This book helps showcase that in the best light.” Jeremi and Amy Richardson, Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning recording artists, Avalon
“From the title on, this book has a tongue-in-cheek style used to take on and tackle some of the more nagging questions we face as people wrestling with life and faith. Darren Schalk walks us toward greater faith and stronger witness.” R. E. Howard, general overseer emeritus, Church of God of Prophecy