When God's Ways Make No Sense

When God's Ways Make No Sense

by Dr. Larry Crabb

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ISBN-13: 9781493412655
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 345,184
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and visiting professor of spiritual formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife, Rachael, live in the Denver, Colorado, area. Learn more at www.newwayministries.org.
Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver, and visiting professor of spiritual formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife, Rachael, live in Charlotte, North Carolina. For additional information please visit www.newwayministries.org.

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When God's Ways Make No Sense 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Shopgirl152ny1 6 months ago
This was a fascinating book that really makes you think. Dr. Crabb used the illustrations of three Biblical characters to show the responses we might have to God when He doesn't make sense to us. Jonah and Saul (later Paul) show us two wrong ways to respond and Habakkuk shows us the right way. We all too often resist and run like Jonah or distort and deny like Saul but what we should do is tremble and trust like Habakkuk. To ask hard questions and know that hard things could be coming but to trust anyway. If we truly realized how much God loves us, we would trust that He is working for our good but the good as He sees it, which might be different than the good we want right now. He talked about suffering and possible reasons for it. I found the section on sovereignty to be especially fascinating. He compares and contrasts three views and digs into the Bible to see which view is most supported. I liked how it felt like Dr. Crabb was just thinking out loud sometimes, struggling with the questions he has and trying to work this out. He talked about struggles in his own life with health problems or other difficulties and what he's come to understand through his study of God's Word. Sometimes he says things my comfort-loving self didn't want to hear but it was the truth and important to hear it. I highly recommend this book for everyone! I received this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
thelegendarylibrary 7 months ago
I did receive this book at no charge for my unbiased, honest opinion. This book: When God’s Ways Make No Sense by Dr. Larry Crabb, was a hard read for me. Not in that I couldn’t read it, but that I found it hard to view the subject matter from his viewpoint. Though this book covers a common subject matter that many try to tackle, it came at it from a psychological standpoint. The examples Dr. Crabb provided: Jonah, Saul, and Habbukah, were all well research and good examples, but for me it lacked a connection to the scripture that I had hoped would be presented, and came through as more text book or essay like rather than theologically based.
JLYoung 8 months ago
Crabbe presents 3 responses to life: "Will we resist and run, like Jonah? Will we distort and deny, like Saul? or Will we tremble, refusing to turn away from the God whose thoughts and ways are higher than ours and instead wait patiently..." (95) Thoughts are clearly illustrated with examples and illustrations, there is lots of commentary, and the voice of the book is definitely psychological. The author writes with a rather introspective approach and you can see his background coming through loudly. In a book of this subject matter, I want to see more of what the Bible says and less what others say. I wish there was more scripture used throughout. It wasn't that there wasn't any scripture, I just wanted to see more. Nonetheless, there were tons of take-aways and application points. What would have made the book even better would have been thought provoking questions for self-reflection and to help draw out what we are thinking about the subject matter so that those areas of wrong thinking can be changed. I give it 3 stars of 5. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.
CindiS 9 months ago
Dr. Larry Crabb is one of those authors whose frank and insightful way of sharing his knowledge, honest experiences, and faith makes reading his book a breath of fresh air. Don't expect sugar coating or blissfully ignorant optimism in his words. At times, his own pursuit of answers will make you wonder if he has been watching over your shoulder. But they will also open your eyes to the fact that we are not alone in our struggles, or in seeking answers. We may tremble daily in our lives as we struggle to understand things, but the truth to relieving our fear is in trust.
Amaack 9 months ago
In his newest book, When God's Ways Make No Sense, Dr. Larry Crabb seeks to help us understand how to approach God with our questions. Dr. Crabb uses scripture to help illustrate the ways that we respond to life when it turns topsy-turvy.  Once you find yourself responding to the unexpected in the pages of scripture, Dr. Crabb then points to scripture to teach us how to better respond to trials. I appreciated the way he was willing to acknowledge the way most Christian circles tend to respond to trials. And then he pointed to the ways that our cliche responses are inaccurate and actually unhelpful for those in the middle of a struggle.  Dr. Crabb points to the need to tremble before God in the face of trials. In ways that have stretched my thinking, he reminds us that God is not required to respond to us in ways that we expect or even want. He reminds us that the gospel is the goodness that we must hold on to. That even when we don't have the answers, God is still good. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
JViola79 10 months ago
Life does not always make sense. But then, if you've walked this earth for a few years, or listened to the news, you already know this. Life happens to us all, on a daily basis, at times bringing the unexplainable and unwanted: health crisis divorce straying children financial problems death disappointment rejection betrayal The question then which often comes to us is: "Where is God?" In his most recent book, When God's Ways Make No Sense, Dr. Larry Crabb brings insight for those difficult days which test our faith. God's thoughts aren't like ours and do not fit easily into our minds. We would prefer easy, comfortable, and successful. A life filled with blessing and easy. Dr. Crabb puts before us three options which confront us when we face difficulties: Resist and Run. From the life of Jonah, we discover we can choose to resist god and run off to find for ourselves a better fit. Distort and Deny. From the life of Saul (before he became Paul), we discover we can know God's principles, distort them to make them say what we need them to say, while denying the passages that contradict our distortions. Tremble and Trust. From Habakkuk, we find a third option. Tremble before a God whose thoughts and ways are far above our own. Then trust that His love is committed to our growth in ways that are incomprehensible to our limited minds. This book was an encouraging read, bringing these reminders: "The Spirit's scalpel has twin edges: exposure that convicts and grace that enlivens" (page 68). "Settled, growing trust is required to follow Jesus through every season of life. The needed trust develops only in souls that tremble. We must trust to obey. But we must tremble to trust: (page 80). "We will not understand what it means to tremble in a fashion that births trust until we come to grips with the disturbing truth that the larger story God is telling does not always follow the script we've come up with for our smaller story" (page 88). "When God's ways make no sense, trust in God's unthwarted sovereignty" (page 136). "For the earnestly and patiently God-seeking Christian, life will bring to us the desirable necessity of absolute surrender" (page 137). I did struggle with Dr. Crabb's viewpoint in calling himself a "Christian deist" - seeing God as being uninvolved in our lives in some ways. He believes that God is in control of what He chooses to control. Yet he encourages us to come to the point of believing, "the hands-off God is never more near to us than when He seem most distant to us". His conflict is presented transparently, as he finds it difficult to think that God is in control all that occurs. I chose this book mainly because Habakkuk is one of my favorite books of the Bible. It was an easy and encouraging read, reminding me I can trust God always - even when His ways make no sense to me, He is always doing me good. ** I was provided a copy of this book by the Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.