Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

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In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life.

In Trusting God, he shares the scope of God’s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more—even when unjust things happen.

Tragedy, grief,...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by NavPress (first published 1988)
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I want to tell you a story. It's about this book. I started it several years ago. A friend and I thought that we should read a book together over summer break, because we were going through a similar and painful experience. She finished it....I did not.

Fast forward a dozen or so calendar pages, and I'm half way through my senior year. Placerita Baptist Church was my "home away from home" church for 3 years, and I was pretty involved with the college group there. A discipleship opportunity came u...more
Great book on God's sovereignty in the midst of difficult circumstances. A great answer to the popular book "Why bad things happen to good people?" The very title of that book reveals the lack of theological foundation needed to explore this topic.

Chapter 7 which deals with God's sovereignty and our responsibility is worth the price of the book alone.

Some takeaways:

"Prayer is the acknowledgment of God's sovereignty and of our dependence upon Him to act on our behalf. Prudence is the acknowledge...more
Christian books often frustrate me, which - I guess - is why I don't read as many of them as the people around me seem to.

I end up getting annoyed by analogies that fall apart under the least scrutiny, circular reasoning, and the panacea of faith to handle all other logical conundrums encountered.

I found this book refreshing and candid. It wasn't perfect - I still found myself asking, "yeah, but what if?" And, "would you please tell me where you're getting that information?" (as on p. 177: "Some...more
Where is God when horrible things happen? What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies? Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin-cursed world?

These are questions that I never gave much thought...until I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances. It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life! There seemed to be only three clear choices:...more
Teya Miller
I've always believed in the sovereignty of God. This book made it very practical to my life. Believing God is totally in control makes the hard times much easier to accept and face HEAD-ON. I highly recommend this book.
I've struggled with this audio and almost gave up halfway through as it is very repetitive. I don't agree with the sovereignty of God theology as there are far too many anomalies with it. At times this audio came across as very fatalistic although the author does warn against that himself. It didn't hold my attention at all but thoroughly annoyed me whilst listening.. One thing I have taken away from it though, is that you can't trust God completely until you get to know Him, which is very simpl...more
Jared Totten
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges turned into something I was not expecting, and I was all the happier for it. I have read enough defenses for the sovereignty of God, both philosophical and apologetical. Instead, Bridges presents a biblically-grounded celebration of the sovereignty of God in all things.

His central theme asserts that we can only trust God when bad things happen if He is totally sovereign, wise, and loving. This in response to the age old question of evil: either evil came about becau...more
I walked into this book bound but I walked out free...

I originally got this book because - to be quite frank - because I thought it was apropos after having lost my home, all my possessions and having my health seriously compromised this past July in an environmental accident. A reminder to trust God in the midst of all that seemed ... well ... right. Little did I know how important the message in this book would be for me in this moment of my journey.

Warning: this book is not for the faint-hea...more
Alexis Neal
Jerry Bridges walks the reader through the three bases for trusting God: His sovereignty (6 chapters), His wisdom (1 chapter), and His love (2 chapters). There are also brief discussions about contentment with self, growth in adversity, and the importance of thanksgiving in hardship. The focus here is primarily on the sovereignty of God, which makes sense since the book was essentially a result of Bridges' own personal bible study on that subject. His discussion of God's sovereignty is beyond th...more
Noah W
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? ~ Psalm 56: 3-4

As I was finishing this book, the Newtown, CT shooting occurred and the Friday before we had a fire at our house. In many ways God put this book in my hands at a very good time in my life. While the book didn’t introduce any new “big” ideas, Bridges made several thought provoking statements on the subject on God’s sovereignty and goodness that I f...more
This is a wonderful book about God's sovereignty in the midst of pain and difficulty. God is in control of every part of our lives and we must trust Him with the big difficulties as well as the little ones. He works through our affliction for our good and His glory. I slowly read through this book...but I'm SO glad that i read it. It helped me through the most difficult experience of my life. A great book to read if you are going through a hard time, or a good gift to give to a friend who is hur...more
Jerry Bridges did a wonderful job putting God's sovereignty into perspective. He shows us, through Scripture, that all the adversity that comes into our lives as believers, is used for good. Romans 8:28. God's main purpose is for His Glory and for our good. Knowing that in troubled times and hardships, God is there, in the midst of it all watching over us. And He is in control!

One of my favorite passages is:
"Looking upward we see God in all His majesty, power, glory, and sovereignty as well as...more
For me, this book has been such a blessing. When life doesn't make a lot of sense, it can become easy to start thinking about God in human/fallible terms. We may think God doesn't care, or that He isn't involved with the details of this world or our lives, or that He isn't in control, or that He doesn't love us.

Jerry Bridges reviews three of God's traits: He is all powerful, has perfect knowledge and wisdom, and has perfect love. He uses these traits to frame a perspective which one can then use...more
Jerry Bridges seems to have a knack for communicating the biblical understanding of the tension between of God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. He does this with his usual ease in this excellent work: Trusting God. Mr. Bridges' firm biblical grounding, immersion in the works of the puritans, and own life experiences have prepared him for the work of bringing this important topic to the layman in an easy to follow style, while never compromising on theological accuracy. A fantastic read fo...more
This book is a decent anecdotal introduction to the topic of God's sovereignty. Knowing a little about the author's own hardships caused me to read the book more deeply, so I'd recommend reading up on Mr. Bridges beforehand. I'd recommend "Trusting God", but it can be a bit laborious and unnecessarily repetitive in places.

I wish this book didn't have the subtitle "Even When Life Hurts", as it seems to imply it is a self-help book for the currently suffering. In my opinion, this book could (and p...more
Sarah Tsai
It's a book I'm trying so adamantly to apply to my own life but it's also a book that I can read over and over again and still feel like I'm not adequately there. I would probably give it 3.5 stars; the beginning was amazing but then the rest of the book felt like it was repeating itself in different forms. But then again, maybe that's what trusting God is's really not that complicated; it just seems like it shouldn't be that simple, but it probably really is.
Edward Ramsbottom
This is the second time that I have read this book through. It is a fantastic analysis in trusting God in everything. In blessings, trials, adversity, etc. I do not know if recent printings of this book has a Scripture or General Index or not. This one (1990) printing does not. This book should be referred to over and over because of the valuable material involved. Having those indexes would help a person to relocate to the section that he might have a problem in. Reading this the second time, I...more
I disagreed with quite a lot in this book- couldn't keep reading it- I got too angry.
Kelly Schulz
A highlighted paragraph which summarizes the rich encouragement of this excellent book:
"we believe that God is at work through the occasion of our pain for our ultimate good. We work back through the Scriptures regarding his sovereignty, wisdom, and goodness and ask him to use the Scriptures to bring peace and comfort to our hearts. Above all, we do not sin against God by allowing distrustful and hard thoughts about him to hold sway in our minds. Often, this means that we may have to say, "God...more
What do we do when things don’t happen as expected? We may be diagnosed with cancer or lose a job we had for many years. In his book “Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts” Jerry Bridges encourages his readers to continue to trust God.
He begins by addressing the question as to whether we can trust God or not. Of course, we should know the answer is that yes we can. Bridges explains with scripture that God is sovereign over our lives, over other people, the nations and over nature. God loves us and...more
Jennifer Taylor
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When unexpected circumstances 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 be even 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...more
Re-read of an excellent book! Great reminder of God's sovereignty and that we can trust Him in every area of our lives.

"...we are to establish our beliefs by the Bible, not by our experiences."

"But that which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God; our suffering has meaning and purpose in God's eternal plan, and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for...more
Rachael Marsceau
Thankfully Goodreads' star rating system is for your personal opinion of the book. Because okay, yeah, the book itself was good. There was nothing wrong with it. My personal opinion is what caused the 2-star rating you see above.

A lot of things contributed to my dislike of the book. Jerry Bridges seemed to try to say the same thing as many times as possible until he reached a book-sized manuscript. He could've said everything in 50 pages or so. Also, the formatting was really...well...boring. I...more
Where is God when horrible things happen? What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies? Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin-cursed world?

These are questions that I never gave much thought...until I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances. It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life! There seemed to be only three clear choices:...more
Bob Hayton
In Trusting God, Jerry Bridges tackles some big and important questions. How are we to approach the hurdles life throws our way? How can we trust God in spite of difficult circumstances? How are we to trust him even when life hurts?

These questions all give us pause to think at some point in our Christian life. And there are many books which aim to help us deal with these issues. This book stands apart. Bridges points in an uncommon direction for finding help: the sovereignty of God. Most don't l...more
Randall Hartman
This is a serious book about how to cope with the difficulties, great and small, that we all encounter in life. The author recommends that you consider his words while you are NOT experiencing hard times, and I agree...I wish I had read it before the many "life events" of the last 6 years. He hits the nail on the head in ch. 1..."it is not easy to trust God in times of is just as important to trust God as it is to obey Him...the faith to trust God in adversity comes from the word...more
Susan M. Baganz
know that often I do reviews of fiction, especially romance, because that’s what I love to read and write. But sometimes I come across a book so good, that I have to share it with others.

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges is one such book. Originally published in 1988, and re-released in 2008, it has lost none of its value for the time that has elapsed.

Much of this book is about how we can trust God even when life is painful. In order to do that one has to have a good grasp of the sovereignty of God...more
Jacob Sabin
I am not entirely sure why this book has so many likes. Personally, I am going through one of the most difficult times in my life. A family member gives me the book (which I am still very grateful and appreciate of the thought and action) and thought it was going to be very helpful. It just made me feel 100X worse about myself. I couldn't even finish reading it (which is not always the most fair thing to do, but I just couldn't). I got a very strong Calvinistic tone to the book. While the basic...more
David Toma
This was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, and found great benefit from.

Jerry Bridges begins this book by arguing that there are three key truths that can help us trust God in any circumstance: that because of His love, He wills what is best for us, because of His wisdom, He knows what is best for us, and because of His sovereignty, He has the power to being about that which He wills and knows is best for us. He then unpacks each of these themes in the rest of the book. While most of the focus i...more
Jon Cardwell
Anyone who has read the best-selling The Pursuit of Holiness will recognize the very familiar, plain-English style and sense of Jerry Bridges. In the 20th Anniversary paperback edition of Trusting God, Dr. Bridges takes the very deep and extremely important doctrine of God's sovereignty and lays it out clearly, simply, and not only well within the grasp of the newest convert to Christ, but also presents it logically and thoughtfully so that the most mature theologian can appreciate this work and...more
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JERRY BRIDGES is an author and conference speaker. His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. Jerry has been on the staff of The Navigators for over fifty years, and currently serves in the Collegiate Mission where he is involved primarily in staff development, but also serves as a speaker resource to the campus ministries.
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“Every day is important for us because it is a day ordained by God. If we are bored with life there is something wrong with our concept of God and His involvement in our daily lives. Even the most dull and tedious days of our lives are ordained by God and ought to be used by us to glorify Him.” 31 likes
“Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.” 27 likes
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