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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
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WHY IS IT EASIER TO OBEY GOD THAN TO TRUST HIM?

Because obeying God makes sense to us. In most cases, His laws appear reasonable and wise, and even when we don't want to obey them, we usually concede that they are good for us.

But the circumstances we find ourselves in often defy explanation. When unexpected situations arise that appear unjust, irrational, or even dreadful, we feel confused and frustrated. And before long we begin to doubt God's concern for us or His control over our lives.

Adversity is hard to endure, and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child?

Grappling with His concern for us we ask, "Why is God allowing this?" or "What have I done wrong?"

In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God's sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God.

As you begin to explore the scope of God's power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you'll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you'll find yourself trusting Him more completely. Even when life hurts.

Customer Reviews:

  • Truely a great book
    This is the most comprehensive and best of the three Bridges books I have read. The authors purpose is two-fold. First, he wants the reader to glorify God by acknowledging God's sovereignty and goodness in the midst of tragedy. Second, he wants to encourage God's people by showing that God is in control of our lives. Bridges purpose is limited. It is not a theological exploration into the origin of pain and suffering, but a book to help the reader deal with pain and suffering on a level of faith, of trusting in God that things do not just happen.

    Although evangelical Christians often give lip service to the sovereignty of God, many are for all practical purposes are Christian deists. They see God as being too distant our unable to intervene in times of trouble. I appreciate that Bridges does not duck the tough issues. He refuses to wrap up all the theological loose ends when discussing the sovereignty of God. Like Tozer, he recognizes that there are some issues to which there are no neat and tidy answers. Unlike many other authors who write on this subject, he does not slavishly follow C.S. Lewis The Problem of Pain. It is refreshing to read a fresh perspective on the subject rather than merely hearing Lewis arguments parroted again.

    Although I was very impressed with the book, there were a few areas that caught my attention. Bridges does not deal comprehensively with the idea of spiritual warfare. I would have also liked to see a fuller discussion on the passive will of God. In fact, it is not mentioned in the first one hundred pages or so. It would have been good to have a fuller discussion of the alternative views of God's sovereignty, but then, that would have doubled or tripled the lengthy of the book.

    This is truly a great book. I could hardly put it down, one of the best I have read on the providence and sovereignty of God. I would also recommend Jack Contrell's volume, What the Bible Says About God the Ruler, College Press, 1884. Although not a Calvinist, Contrell writes one of the most persuasive arguments for the sovereignty of God I have read. He also explores alternative views of sovereignty (pagan, existential, deists, etc.) and their weaknesses....more info

  • You MUST read this book if you are hurting
    If you are currently in the midst of deep emotional pain and turmoil in your life, as I am, this book is absolutely essential. I know firsthand what it means to love God but be sure He has abandoned you in the middle of a terrible time. Be assured, He has not, but when you are suffering, it is unbelievably difficult sometimes to trust Him. Where is He? Why doesn't He answer our prayers, if He loves us so much? This book answers that question. It is written along the same lines as Disappointment With God (another great book) by Philip Yancey, but this one goes much more in depth and explains things in a much clearer way, in my opinion, especially for one who is reading it with a mind that is clouded by hurt and pain. Don't turn away from God-- hold on!! He will not leave you with more than you can bear, if you turn to Him to help you bear it. Jerry Bridges shows you how to do this in Trusting God Even When Life Hurts. A truly great and healing book....more info
  • Great Book!
    This is truly a great book. It is both heavily theological and heavily practical.

    I found it to be a tad repetetive at times, but it really does a fine job of demonstrating the relationship between the sovereignty of God and our trust in Him in difficult circumstances! A must read!...more info
  • Truly, A Book That Will Get You To See Life In Perspective
    When I had my heart broken and felt nothing would ever undo the damage, that depression medicine, counseling, talks with friends all helped but never really set my mind at ease....this book came to the rescue.

    I have never read so many profound statements that were so meaningful until I read Jerry Bridges book here. It truly will get your head and heart straight, if you're hurting.....at least it did with me.

    When your brain comprehends the fact that God is in control, that He knows what He's doing and that He has your best interests at heart, it makes it easier to accept the heartbreaks of life. Nobody has explained all of this better than Bridges in this book.

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  • Easy reading but heavy theology
    This is a great book if you are grappling with man's responsibility vs. God's soreignty. The author writes well, always showing the basis of his thoughts based on scripture. That is the power of this book. Personally I don't think you could get much from this book if you were in the midst of a personal crisis. I think you should read this book NOW, while things are calm. That way you can store up the scriptures (and concepts) in your heart, and be prepared, for any storms that may come in the future. Get out your yellow highlighter; you will want to highlight this book a lot....more info
  • GOD IS IN CONTROL!!
    This book teaches (better than any other)that God is in tune and does care and is involved behind the scenes in YOUR life. It is a great book if you doubt God's care or observance during the hard times that life can deal. It provides many scriptures to support that God can be trusted and we can find security in trusting God - regardless of our circumstances....more info
  • We all need this book!
    This is one of the best books I have read, not only for myself, but to encourage and read with others. The writing is clear and easy to understand for those with little church background, yet challenges and encourages the most experienced believer. In describing the different areas of trust it is clear both why we must trust God, and how to trust God. Highly recommend! ...more info
  • One of the Best Books on the Character of God
    I was amazed, shocked, inspired, and out right strengthened in my faith by reading this book. My church recommends all of its young christians read it, and I wish I had taken the time to do so earlier. Most people want to blame the bad things in life on anything but God, but the Bible says that he is omnipotent and uses "the bad things" to glorify himself and to make us into the people that we need to be.

    One of my greatest struggles is having faith that God will come through in certain situations, but now I more deeply understand that it doesn't matter if things turn out how I want them to, they will turn out for the best.

    Trusting God is more than just a book on the subject or the authors oppinion. The points are fully support by scripture after scripture after scripture. Nothin can build faith like hearing the message of God.

    I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to better understand God and the world around us....more info

  • Very practical; theologically sound; but REDUNDANT!
    I first picked up this volume a couple years ago when I was going through a severe spiritual trial. One of the lessons I had to learn at that time was to come to grips with God's limitless sovereignty, and to conclude from His sovereignty that I could trust Him -- not just with the issues I was then facing, but with every aspect of my life. At that time I read only about one-third of the book, which struck me as terribly redundant in its seemingly endless presentation of God's sovereignty. Once I got my fill of that, I put the book aside.

    In the past month, however, I have had occasion to re-read this book in its entirety as part of a men's discipleship study. I still thought it was redundant, taking over 200 pages to say what could be said effectively in half that amount of space. Nevertheless, when you get past the sections on sovereignty to the chapters on God's love and wisdom, you will see a grand and comprehensive picture (to the extent we are able as finite humans) of God's wise and careful guidance of the whole of His creation for His glory and our good.

    I must take issue with the review of Rev. Bud Espers (the very first one under this listing). Apparently he didn't read the same book as the rest of us, or at least not the second half of it ... or maybe he simply hasn't read his Bible. If he did, I don't see how he could draw the conclusions that he did about Bridges or this book. Yes, God's sovereignty can be a scary thing, and can come across as "cold and uncaring" (to use Mr. Espers' words) unless you understand the broader teachings of scripture about the nature and character of God. Bridges is also very careful to point out that our "good" is conformity to the image of Christ, not comfort, ease or "happiness" in this life. Don't get the two confused or you'll likely reach the same cynical conclusion as Mr. Espers.

    That's why I think Bridges' inclusion of the chapters on wisdom and love are indispensible to a proper presentation of these issues. God is just as loving and wise as He is sovereign, and if you get out of balance on these or any of God's attributes, you will end up with a skewed picture just like Mr. Espers. As a serious student of the Bible, I can say with some confidence that this book is theologically quite solid, and is heavily supported by scripture. One of the benefits of having so much redundancy is that the author drives home his point from so many different angles as to leave no room for doubt about its biblical veracity.

    To sum it up, this is a book for hurting people who need to come to grips not with their circumstances, but with the God who orders the circumstances. Life is hard and frequently painful, and unless we learn that God is trustworthy and has our greater good in mind, this life will be terrifying indeed. The apostle Paul said it best in Romans 8:18 -- "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us." You can only have that attitude, though, if you have a proper biblical understanding of God's sovereignty. This book is a great place to find it....more info

  • Who ya gonna trust?
    Bridges' book has been helpful to me in my personal "walk". When life goes sour, I KNOW I don't automatically trust God to be in control, and rest in that... but feel I ought to. Bridges is laying a credible foundation for trusting that God is in control of His created world in general, and my individual life in particular. I'd already make it a goal to grow in trutsting Him in 09, and this book is helping.
    I recommend it highly--even if the reader doesn't entirely agree with the author, it would be a great place for dialoging to begin....more info
  • Trusting God
    Great Book. Helpful in difficult times. I often give it as a gift....more info
  • very timely
    This book will greatly help those today that are going through difficult times. This author is easy to understand,and he makes his points effectively. The chapters are short and the application of "Trusting God even when Life Hurts" is excellent. This was written by a man that had gone through rough times himself and shows what great help the Lord was to Him, and is to us also who have had hard trials....more info