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Why, O God?: Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church

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With two in seven American families affected by disability, the body of Christ has a great opportunity. As we're called to minister to those walking through deep suffering, we need to learn to do so with wisdom and sensitivity.

Joni Eareckson Tada and others with disabilities, as well as seminary professors, ministry leaders, and medical professionals, do more than offer a
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Crossway Books
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Randy Alcorn
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I have never said yes to endorsing a book, much less to writing its foreword, unless I believed in it. I anticipated Why, O God? would be good, but I am pleased to find it exceptional.

Let me offer some context. Because I’ve written books about Heaven, over the years I’ve received hundreds of letters from people whose loved ones have died, after extended periods of suffering. While researching my recent book If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil, I read
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Lillie
This book includes a number of articles by several different authors and covers a broad spectrum relating to suffering and disability: the Biblical foundation for suffering, the why of suffering, disability ministry in the church, death and dying, the grief process, and more. Since one in five people has some kind of disability, ministering to those with disabilities should be a high priority of the church.

I have had some personal experience with how some churches treat those with disabilities.
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Nate Claiborne
Overall, this is a resource that belongs on every pastor's shelf, but is written in such a way that anyone dealing with disabilities or perpetually asking "Why God?" will find comfort through the sound biblical teaching. Because such a wide range of topics are covered, most people won't necessarily want to read it cover from cover. Everyone will definitely benefit from reading and absorbing the biblical theology of suffering that spans the entire second section of the book. In addition, those wh ...more
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