WHEN GOD DOEN’T MAKE SENSE [PUBLISHED IN 1993]
Dr. James Dobson
An immensely practical book for those who are struggling with trials and heartaches they can't understand. Why does disease, divorce, rejection, death, or sorrow seep into our lives when we are trying to serve the Lord? It just doesn't seem fair!
This book deals unflinchingly with life's most troubling question— the awesome "Why?" Drawing on his long experience as a Christian psychologist and family counselor, Dr. Dobson brings hope to those who have almost given up. When God Doesn't Make Sense also helps believers avoid "the betrayal barrier," the sense that God is abandoning them amidst the storms of life.
"This work is a sensitive, compassionate, and insightful treatment on the question of suffering. Dr. Dobson deals with the deep emotional struggles we have in our relationship with God when pain and suffering strike." Dr. R. C. Sproul
"Realistic and reverent. . . it is a book I shall gladly recommend in any company." Dr. J. I. Packer
When we are young and health is good and we have not yet encountered disease, disappointment, and sorrow, it is easy to believe that life will always be rather carefree and happy. But every person who lives long enough will eventually experience difficulties that are not easy to understand. At those times the pieces simply will not fit, and God just doesn't make sense.
Most of us are inclined in those moments to struggle with the most troubling question in human experience: "Why did God let this happen to me?"
When we are entangled in life's crises, it is common to feel great frustration with God. Our inability to figure out what He is doing creates the greatest agitation. The "Why?" question, which even Jesus asked from the cross, is often left unanswered for years or perhaps for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, some believers are so shaken by their inability to understand that they feel a profound sense of abandonment by God. This "betrayal barrier" is a dangerous weapon used against us. Satan wants each of us to feel that our compassionate Lord has actually singled us out for abuse!
When God Doesn't Make Sense is addressed lovingly to those who have been left confused and disillusioned by life's difficulties. It is intended to nurture the faith of the wounded and the downhearted, and to prevent disillusionment in those who have not fallen into the clutches of despair.
In this book Dr. Dobson weaves together personal experiences with the wisdom of Scripture, which offers great insight into the trials of life and how to cope with them. A proper understanding of these biblical principles can expose false expectations that inevitably collide with reality in a sinful and fallen world.
The Lord has assured us that we are in His constant care. We can trust Him even when our difficult circumstances are beyond human comprehension. We can rest in His promise:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
Dr. JAMES DOBSON is founder and president of Focus on the Family, an educational organization consisting of 52 separate ministries, each dedicated to the preservation of the home. He is heard on more than 4,000 radio facilities around the world and publishes eight magazines read by 3 million people each month.
Dr. Dobson has been a licensed psychologist and a marriage, family, and child counselor for 24 years. He served on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters.
His books for the family include The New Dare to Discipline, Straight Talk to Men and Their Wives, Love Must be Tough, Love for a Lifetime, and The Strong-WUled Child.
Dr. Dobson and his wife, Shirley, parents of two grown children, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.