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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,
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by NavPress (first published 1988)
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Aug 24, 2014 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Natalie Vellacott
Jul 14, 2016 Natalie Vellacott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-theology
This is a book that I anticipate reading again and again. It is easy to read about the sovereignty of God and mentally concur with this truth. But in Christian life and practice we often forget and try to manage things on our own. This book is a reminder that God is in control and that everything in our lives happen according to His plan and purpose for us. Highly recommended.
Dec 11, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-book-list
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
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:
Dec 30, 2011 Philip rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2010 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Teya Miller
Jan 02, 2013 Teya Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 18, 2015 Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Jerry Bridges once (when he visited Northern Ireland), but I have had the immense pleasure and deep blessing of hearing him speak every time I have read any of his books, and especially so when reading, and re-reading, Trusting God, Even When Life hurts!

My dearest friend and brother in Christ, John Morin, introduced me to this little book many, many years ago, and I have read it many, many times and passed on many, many copies to others as w
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
Alexis Neal
Feb 07, 2012 Alexis Neal rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, religion
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
Dec 17, 2012 Noah W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Jun 07, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
Jun 16, 2016 B.Cough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my counselor who recognized that deep beneath many of my issues in life and character was a distrust of God.

That being said, this book sliced and diced me. Jerry Bridges looks at different aspects of God's character - his sovereignty, his goodness, his love - and brings the reader to see from scripture and analogy that God is trustworthy. He uncovers the common, faulty, underlying beliefs we have about God and points out the manifestations of our lack of trust
May 05, 2012 Bret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judeo-christian
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
Jan 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book illustrates such a strong focus on the sovereignty of God. It's a MUST READ to have under your belt when your world gets rocked!
Jan 03, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2013 Jacob rated it liked it
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
Sarah Tsai
Jan 19, 2011 Sarah Tsai rated it liked it
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.
Feb 02, 2016 Debbie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
chapter 3 on the sovereignty of God is excellent.
Grace Metcalfe
Jan 01, 2015 Grace Metcalfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This was a difficult book to read in light of the fact it shares verses that seem to purpose God is responsible for the good and the bad. As a Christian it is often easier to view the devil as the sole perpetrator of our pain, that he is attacking us because we are "so good".

I cannot argue with the writers exposition of the scripture He uses to support the sovereignty of God, nor the commentaries of various other respected authors. Nor do I want to argue against my Lord. There's is comfort in k
Josiah DeGraaf
Great book on how to trust in God's sovereignty even through the difficult parts of life. Jerry Bridges comes with a very pastoral and compassionate voice and does an excellent job in showing how a thorough understanding of God's sovereignty is what we need to rely on in order to get through times of difficulty. Like any good writer, Bridges takes simple passages and truths that all of us know and shows how much depth is simply packed into them. And neither does he use these passages simply. Bri ...more
Kathleen Welsh
May 07, 2016 Kathleen Welsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I started this book yesterday and finished it today. I found the sections on the sovereignty of God to be excellent and the sections on God's love to be encouraging. I also LEARNED that to be able to trust God fully we must know that He is both GOOD and SOVEREIGN.
Feb 14, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-again
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
Dec 11, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: put-down, denver-2010
I disagreed with quite a lot in this book- couldn't keep reading it- I got too angry.
Kelly Schulz
Jul 21, 2014 Kelly Schulz rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2016 Bparkhurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!
Feb 11, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
", joy, peace, and patience - can only be developed in the womb of adversity. We may think we have true Christian love until someone offends us or treats us unjustly." "[Adversity] will transform 'head knowledge' into 'heart knowledge' as theological theory becomes a reality to us." Jerry Bridges is full of years of wisdom from his own adversities. What a treasure it is to hear revealing words from someone that has been in the trenches himself. A great read that is meant to take time... d ...more
May 27, 2016 Janelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review appears on my blog: http://youngaspiringwritersanonymous....

Confession, I tried reading Trusting God in 2013 but I stopped about halfway through because I didn't like it. However, now that I am older and have experienced trials, I am able to appreciate and learn from this book a lot more.

As the title suggests this book is about trusting God, however, it does not just address how we can do this, it addresses the why we can trust Him. It is about God's sovereignty in various situation
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JERRY BRIDGES was an author and conference speaker. His most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. Jerry was been on the staff of The Navigators for over fifty years, and currently served in the Collegiate Mission where he was involved primarily in staff development, but also served as a speaker resource to the campus ministries.
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“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.” 55 likes
“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.” 54 likes
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