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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  3,533 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
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,
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Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published May 31st 2014 by NavPress (first published 1988)
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Lydia
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
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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.
Jeff Shelnutt
Christians of yesteryear used to speak of events and circumstances as not being due to “second causes.” This was a quaint way of speaking of God’s sovereignty. And this is where Bridges begins. If we are to trust God, we must believe He really is in control of our lives, that He is wise in His dealings, and that He is loving.

God always seek His own glory. But He also seeks the good of those who love Him. "God never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek
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Jeff
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
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Kara
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:
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Philip
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
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Rachel
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
Dominique
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
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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.
Sarah
Jan 08, 2017 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jesus
I just could not get into this book. Perhaps I am not the target audience, having wrestled through the concepts of trusting God already, but it fell flat.
In fact, when I finished I thought "I'm glad that was over". It was long, repetitive, and not as applicable as I wanted it to be.

If this is the first book of Jerry Bridge's that you've read, I'd encourage you to choose another. The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness is one of my favorite practical theology
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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
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Alexis Neal
Feb 07, 2012 Alexis Neal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wallace
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
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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
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Nicki
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
B.Cough
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
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Emily
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
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Bret
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
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Becky
Jun 07, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacob
Jan 02, 2013 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 about...it's really not that complicated; it just seems like it shouldn't be that simple, but it probably really is.
Kathleen Welsh
May 18, 2015 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.
Elizabeth
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!
Bparkhurst
Jan 18, 2016 Bparkhurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!
Debbie
Feb 02, 2016 Debbie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
chapter 3 on the sovereignty of God is excellent.
Amanda
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.
Jennifer Taylor
Mar 27, 2014 Jennifer Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Description
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
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Jess Waters
Jan 14, 2017 Jess Waters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing!!! It had been sitting on my shelf for a a few years before I finally decided I would pick it up and actually read it start to finish. And I am so glad (and blessed) that I did! I have learned so much more about the nature and character of God, and who He is, and why He can indeed be trusted even in life's most painful and difficult times (and in the seemingly insignificant times aswell!).

Would 100% recommend to anyone, regardless of their current circumstances in life.
Hopson
Oct 21, 2016 Hopson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely fantastic. If you struggle believing that God is sovereign, you NEED to read this book. Bridges is clear and rigorously biblical. If you're suffering, Christian, be encouraged by this powerful book that magnifies the sovereignty of God even when life hurts. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Hannah
Jan 02, 2017 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
In Trusting God, Jerry Bridges presents some great challenges and encouragements for the good times and the tough times. You will wind up with some deep questions to work through after this book!
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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.” 55 likes
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