If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?: (25th Anniversary Edition)

If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?: (25th Anniversary Edition)

by David B Biebel


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"One of the most profound, empathetic and beautiful books ever written on the subject of suffering and loss." - Sheila Walsh

In this powerful book, Biebel leaves behind the all-too-familiar platitudes and instead offers the unvarnished truth about the pain of illness, death, divorce, financial ruin, and more. With keen insight and a Christian outlook, Biebel puts God right by your side to help you sort through your hurt and see the value in your trials. His real-life examples and honest approach will help you turn pain into a meaningful journey toward hope and happiness.

"This book saved my life," one bereaved father said. A young woman wrote, "I kept this book on my nightstand. Late at night, when I was alone and afraid, I could feel its presence hanging over me like a lightly floating sheet making me feel safe."

Over the past twenty-five years, this book has brought comfort and hope to hundreds of thousands of the author's fellow pilgrims on the way of suffering. Now, this major revision is even more practical and helpful for those who hurt and those who wish to understand.

In these pages you will find:
- Eight essential truths about pain and healing
- Questions for personal reflection or group study
- Insights into relevant biblical texts and themes
- A pathway toward a deeper, more personal relationship with the One who shares our sorrows, and is acquainted with our grief

"In this remarkable book, my friend Dave Biebel helps the reader understand exactly what's so good about God in the midst of suffering." - Joni Eareckson Tada

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548748999
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

David B. Biebel, DMin, is a minister, editor, health educator, and author or coauthor of nineteen other books including the CBA Gold Medallion award winning New Light on Depression and several others that have received special recognition including this book and Simple Health. Many have found help from Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love. His most recent series of health-related books includes 70 Ways to Beat 70, 52 Ways to Feel Great Today, and Stay Sharp - 52 Ways to Keep Your Mind, Not Lose It. His most recent book is: Away in a Manger: The Christmas Story from a Nativity Scene Lamb's Point of View.

He founded Healthy Life Press in 2008 (www.healthylifepress.com). He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Personal Wholeness, with distinction, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the time when I needed to be reminded of God’s goodness. It helped me to see that we live in a sin filled world that comes with suffering. Does God like to see his children suffering? No! Everyone needs to read this book because it will help us to see God in the tragedy and suffering in this world. It will move you to seek God and kneel at his feet daily. You will walk away with a better understanding of God’s character. Some may not be in a place to read this but do not dismiss this book. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
This book is for everyone - you may not think that you have grief to deal with but I think everyone should read this book. The author and his wife lost their little boy when he was three to what they thought was a regular every day virus. I cannot imagine their grief. I cannot even begin to put myself in their shoes. I have three wonderful children of my own and to lose one of them would devastate me. You might think that the author would be more able to deal with this type of loss as a pastor but first and foremost, he is human and a father and to lose a child is unimaginable. It's wonderful to have a book such as this to be able to work through grief. Everyone deals with grief differently and to have someone say to just get over it or hasn't it been long enough is unfeeling, I think. I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
Though this book starts off with the grief of losing a child and a lot of help and explanations about grieving, it is more than just that. This book is written in 8 chapters with examples and help for several steps of grieving and also that death is more than physical death. Death also comes in forms such as divorce. At the end of each chapter are questions to use either alone or in a group setting. This book is well written and shows that grief is a process to go through. That there are several steps and each person goes through these steps. It also shows us we don't go through it alone. That although we may not feel God's presence, He is definitely there with us. If you are going through grief, this is a good book. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This book is the personal account of the author’s experience and pain in the death of his child and how he dealt with that pain…but it also encompasses so much more. It is a book for everyone as it involves loss and pain of every kind which touches each one of us in some way. It can be physical pain of health or death, emotional pain of losing a job, home, etc. or even spiritual pain of the sense of loss in one’s relationship with another person or God. Mr. Biebel does not sugar coat the real and sometimes ugly, angry feelings that are part of pain. Neither does he provide “magical” solutions. Instead, he gives step by step encouragement and truthful answers based on God and His Word. Because he has walked this road, stumbling many times along the way, he can write what is real, what helps, where the healing begins, and how to again find the deep joy of living in the present. Although I have never personally experienced the loss of a child, I could relate and gain insights to my own losses through this book. I especially appreciated the “five values of suffering” in chapter 6. These are helpful for all people. The book is not just the author’s thoughts, but he includes stories from others as well as the findings from research and explanations/comments from professionals. It is a book to help the reader through the grieving process and back into life in the present. I recommend this book to all readers whether they are grieving and in pain themselves, or they are someone who is encouraging another through the process of living with pain. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I have posted on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
miriamjacob More than 1 year ago
If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? by David Biebel - This empathetic book deals with excruciating pain, staggering grief and unbearable loss. With a rare sensitivity, intuition and perceptive understanding, culled in the crucible of suffering, David Biebel offers us fresh hope and insight to look to Jesus, our Comforter. When mind-boggling pain clouds our clear-sighted vision, heart-wringing sorrow plunges us into devastating despair and casts our minds into an emotional tailspin, how can we possibly see “what’s so good about God in the midst of suffering”? Called to comfort others with the comfort God comforts us with, in a passionate reconciliation of God’s grace in affliction, we prove the paradox of peace and pain united. For grieving people, only those who have grieved can comfort their broken hearts. They have the gift to touch the heart of pain gently. David Biebel honestly reveals the baffling questions in his own heart and soul as he shares from the depths of his grief, anger and bouts of wrestling with God. He helps to deliver people from guilt as they learn to deal with problems that threaten to overpower them. God meets them at the point of their greatest need, as they struggle to drink the last overwhelming dregs of sorrow, grief and pain. “If God is so good, why do I hurt so bad?” And God provides His comforting answer: “I will heal you, my beloved child.” - Miriam Jacob
Anonymous More than 1 year ago