Should we expect only good things from the hand of God?
It’s a timeless question: If God is good, why do bad things happen? We pray for blessing, but we feel cursed. Following Christ seems to make life harder, not easierthen why should we continue? Using the book of Job, Mark Tabb searches for the answers to these questions and others that relate. Encounter an honest discussion of suffering and find real-world comfort and strength for the trials you face. Tyndale House Publishers
About the Author
Mark Tabb is the author of more than twenty books, including the number one New York Times best seller Mistaken Identity and A Promise to Ourselves (with Alec Baldwin). He and his wife of over twenty-five years have three grown daughters. In addition to writing, Mark is a volunteer firefighter and serves as the chaplain for his local fire department.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments 11 Introduction 13 Chapter 1 We Cannot Control God's Hand 17 Part 1 How Could God Let This Happen?
Chapter 2 Paradise and the Paradox of Suffering 27 Chapter 3 The Danger of Living with a God I Can't Figure Out 35 Chapter 4 This Isn't What I Signed Up For 45 Chapter 5 What I Always Feared 53 Chapter 6 Trusting God When the Hope of Heaven Is All You Have (or Want) 63 Part 2 Can I Ever Trust God Again?
Chapter 7 Getting Honest with God 73 Chapter 8 Must God Seem Good for Me to Believe? 83 Chapter 9 The Promise That Never Fails (No Matter How Dark the Day May Be) 93 Chapter 10 Why Doesn't God Do Something (If He Can)? 103 Chapter 11 Break Point 115 Chapter 12 Cruel 123 Part 3 Could God Have Some Purpose Behind All I've Been Through?
Chapter 13 Where My Future Lies 133 Chapter 14 Weaned from the World 139 Chapter 15 Discovering God in the Middle of My Pain 149 Chapter 16 Does the Rock Enjoy Being Chiseled into a Statue? 157 Chapter 17 A Purpose That Goes Far Beyond This World 167 Chapter 18 Toe-to-Toe with Our Greatest Enemy 175 Part 4 How Can My Life Go on From Here?
Chapter 19 No Answer but God 183 Chapter 20 I Still Want Answers 191 Chapter 21 The Ultimate Step Forward 201 Chapter 22 The Final Chapter (In More Ways Than One) 209 Notes 217 Author 221
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loss is inevitable in life. The intense pain we experience at certain points in our existence often causes us to question God and our faith in Him. It is in our nature to look for answers in the midst of our suffering as we try to understand why God would allow a tragic event to occur, especially when the circumstances seem unjust. The tough questions we are often reluctant to ask are the centerpiece of this book. Mark Tabb uses the story of Job and Joseph to address the challenges we face when we try to comprehend a God who allows us to suffer. This book takes an honest look at our failed human logic to rationalize why God permits us to experience tremendous heartache. As the author discusses theories on suffering, he is compassionate in his approach to encourage the reader to look at the human heart and the grace of God through an unbearable experience. I would recommend this book to someone who is struggling with the existence of God due to a significant loss or disappointment in life. Mark Tabb uses biblical insight to address the human perception of a God in the midst of great suffering.
Mark Tabb takes the story of Job in the Bible, analyzing all the suffering he went through, the pain of losing everything in his life and applies it to the sufferings that we all go through. The first time I saw "How Can A Good God Let Bad Things Happen?" I thought that it might be boring to read. I did not know who Mark Tabb was and the cover seems so stark and straightforward. The title, however, caught my curiosity and since our family has been going through some hard times, I thought that this could be a good book to read. This is not the kind of book you read from cover to cover in just one sitting. From the first chapter, I've had to keep putting the book down and digest what the author was saying. I can't help but apply it to my own life and see how God is working there. At first, the things he wrote about the Godhood of God were actually hard for me to digest. He wrote about God in such a way that you will actually start being scared of God, but encourages you to keep on trusting Him anyway. He wrote about a God who is capable of doing anything and everything in your life including letting bad things happen to you. Then he explains why God does let bad things happen to us. The book's message lets you know more about God through our suffering and is written in a very simple and understandable manner. The message is actually doctrinal but he explained it so that an ordinary person like me can easily understand. This is a worthwhile book to buy and read. Plan to spend weeks on finishing it because you just have to stop after every few pages and ponder on the message and how good and gracious is our God.