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Why: Making Sense of God's Will

Why? - by best-selling author Adam Hamilton - brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God’s plan for the world, including:

God will not take away our free will, even when we use it to grieve him.
God will never abandon us, especially in the midst of our suffering.
While God is not the author of suffering, God will bring blessing out of tragedy.
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How This Book Helped Readers

If you have ever wondered why good people die young and why bad things happen to good people, and you have questioned why God would let bad things happen, you should read this book. It explains God's part in natural disasters, diseases, and suffering. Good book. I will probably read it again because it totally shakes up my understanding of God's will.
Pastor Hamilton takes us on the journey of answering these questions and isn't shy about condemning Christian reasoning that is off-base and judgmental. Instead he reminds us over and over that our tough times are the opportunity for us to create a relationship with God through prayer and dialogue, not telling God how to run the world, but instead seeking wisdom from Him just like we did from our parents when we were small. We trusted that our parents love us and want the best for us; Adam makes the compelling case that we need to trust God too because He loves us and wants the best for us.
I thank God that I read this book as I was immersing myself in the faith I abandoned 25 years ago. It answered most of the questions I so desperately needed answers to - why war, bad things happening to good people, etc. I need to order another copy - mine is somewhere out in the community being enjoyed by others!

About Why: Making Sense of God's Will

When the ground shakes, and a poor nation’s economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community’s hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to infest his creation?

When we lift our prayers to God, and no answer seems to come; when we earnestly seek to know the will of God for our lives, yet can't seem to discern it; when God seems far away; where is God? If God counts the hairs on our head, and knows every sparrow that falls, why is finding and understanding God's will so difficult at times?

In Why? Making Sense of God's Will, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, Hamilton addresses how we can comprehend God’s plan for the world and ourselves.

About Pastor Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Call, Making Sense of the Bible, Love to Stay, The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours That Changed the World, Revival, Not a Silent Night, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.
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