When God Weeps (eBook) (Quand Dieu pleure (eBook))
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It's easy to trust God when things are going the way we want them to and when the world still makes sense. But when suffering strikes, we are filled with doubts and amazed by all kinds of events that are beyond our control. In the midst of suffering, we often question the very foundation of our faith in God. Since our trust and obedience is based on the character of God, the issues that life's tragedies force us to face are difficult, if not frightening.
Joni Eareckson Tada, a woman who has lived in a wheelchair for over fifty years, and Steven Estes, a pastor and one of Joni's closest friends, explore answers to questions about suffering. When God Weeps is not so much a book about suffering as it is about God. Through an overview of what the Bible says about suffering, the authors make it clear who God is, why He allows so much grief and pain, and how we can trust Him.
When God Cries is for people who need more than answers. With practicality and sincere warmth, he teaches us to depend on the love and mercy of God despite our doubts, fears, desires and questions.
JONI EARECKSON TADA is one of the world's leading disability activists. At the age of 17, she became quadriplegic following a diving accident. In 1979, she founded the organization Joni and Friends, which quickly grew to provide Christ-centered programs to families, churches and communities with special needs. Joni is a breast cancer survivor twice, and continues to actively serve the Lord through her ministry.
STEVEN ESTES was Senior Pastor of Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson, PA. Steven was educated at Westminster Theological Seminary and Columbia Bible College. He is a member of the board of directors of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and teaches at Westminster Seminary.
Table of contents
1. I am in so much pain
Part 1: Who is this God?
2. An overflow of ecstasy
3. The Suffering God
4. Does he really expect me to be in pain?
5. For each event, large and small
6. Dirty laundry from heaven?
Part 2: What's He Cooking?
7. Some reasons why
8. The best answer available
9. Giving meaning to suffering
Part Three: How To Hold On?
10. Cry of the Soul
11. Cultivate Contentment
12. Much greater suffering
13. The suffering is no longer
Epilogue : Before you deposit this book
Part Four: Appendices
Appendix A : Some verses on the hand of God in our sufferings
Appendix B : Some verses on the purposes of God in our sufferings
Appendix C : Can God be grieved?
Original title : When God Weeps
Authors : Joni Eareckson Tada & Steven Estes
Publisher : Impact
Publication : January 2020
ISBN : 978-2-89082-399-0
Pages : 295