Sunday, February 14, 2010

Book Review: Where is God? by Dr. John Townsend

This book is written for anyone experiencing difficulty in their life and wondering why God allowed it to happen. Townsend explains that everyone goes through trials some time in their life, and it’s okay and only natural to ask this question.

He tells us that God didn’t design life to be as difficult as it is, and he offers three reasons why bad things happen and describes different ways of dealing with each situation. He tells us that God loves us and wants a relationship with us but gives us freedom not to choose to love him back: “We are not free to love unless we are free NOT to love.”

I enjoyed John’s insights about suffering and faith drawn from his years of counseling experience as well as Biblical references. He tries to show us that God hurts when we hurt and whether we realize it or not, God is working for good in our life. God wants us to seek Him when we are troubled and He will comfort us. Comfort may be in the form of speaking gently to us, bringing someone into our life to help comfort us, or speaking to us through the Bible.

As a sidenote: I found a typo on page 175. 

It reads: "It didn't take long to connect the dots that father was not an word that evoked feelings of expecting good from God."

It should read: "It didn't take long to connect the dots that father was not a word that evoked feelings of expecting good from God."

Hey, I like to proof-read, and I could use a little side income!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. I hope you had a great weekend.
    God bless you and have a wonderful week,

  2. Thanks you guys. :) I hope you had a good weekend, too. I made my Valentine's Day phone calls and then enjoyed some time with my young ones at the swimming pool at the YMCA. :)