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Where Is God When It Hurts? A Comforting, Healing Guide For Coping With Hard Times


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Preface ... 9 1. A Problem That Won't Go Away ... 15 PART ONE Why Is There Such a Thing as Pain? 2. The Gift Nobody Wants... 25 3. Painless Hell ... 37 4. Agony and Ecstasy ... 47 PART TWO Is Pain a Message from God? 5. The Groaning Planet ... 61 6. What Is God Trying to Tell Us? ... 75 7. Why Are We Here? ... 87 8. Arms Too Short to Box with God ... 103 PART THREE How People Respond to Suffering 9. After the Fall ... 117 10. On My Feet Dancing ... 131 11. Other Witnesses... 143 12. Extreme Cases ... 153 How Can We Cope with Pain? 13. Frontiers of Recovery ... 167 14. Fear ... 175 15. Helplessness ... 187 16. Meaning ... 199 17. Hope ... 211 PART FIVE How Does Faith Help? 18. Seeing for Himself ... 225 19. The Rest of the Body ... 239 20. A Whole New World Outside ... 249 Discussion Guide ... 263 Sources ... 281

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'I started to read it thinking I was going to read a pleasant little easy-to-read book on the subject of pain; I finished feeling as if I had read a classic. It probes aspects of pain that C. S. Lewis never touches and draws upon the lives of suffering saints from John Donne to Joni Eareckson Tada. But I was most impressed with Philip's honesty and willingness to admit the inadequacy of words to unravel problems that go back to the patriarch Job.' -- William J. Petersen 'I've read everything I can get my hands on about the problems of pain and evil, and this book is the clearest, most practical thing I've read.' -- Keith Miller 'One of the most helpful treatments of the problem of evil that I've ever read...on a level that really speaks to people. If I were looking around for something to give individuals who are going through travail or difficulty, this is the book I'd recommend.' -- Dr. Vernon Grounds 'What a book. A masterpiece. Complete, moving without waxing sentimental. Not the kind of book you'd expect to be unable to put down, but just that.' -- Jerry Jenkins 'If I expected to find inside a shallow theoretical treatise unworthy of such a profound question, that's not what I found...by the time you get to the end of these chapters your heart is crying out, 'Thank you, God, for pain!" -- Paul Harvey 'I know firsthand that pain and paralysis sometimes seem to push away the presence of God. To ask 'Where Is God When It Hurts?' is honest, reasonable even. And thank the Lord, Philip puts our questions into perspective, helping us find out exactly where God really is when we hurt.' -- Joni Eareckson Tada

About the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. The author of twelve Gold Medallion Award-winning books and two Kip Jordan ECPA Books of the Year, he lives with his wife in Colorado. Philip Yancey es editor regional de la revista Christianity Today. Ha escrito once libros premiados con la medalla de oro, entre los que figuran: La Biblia que leyo Jesus y El don del dolor. Sus libros El Jesus que nunca conoci y Gracia divina vs. condena humana tambien recibieron premio como libro cristiano del ano. Ademas, es autor de Alcanzando al Dios invisible entre otros.

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