About the Book
Book: Why Can’t We Trust God?
Author: Thomas Wise
Genre: Non-Fiction/Personal Growth
Release Date: January 17, 2020
So you think God turned his back on us?
Why else would this world be so miserable?
While this world is spinning out of control, we are left with the tough questions:
Why is this happening to me?
Why won’t God stop this?
Why am I in pain?
Why did my child die?
Why do they hate me?
WHY CAN’T WE TRUST GOD?
Well, at the time my wife and I were suffering financially due to her loss of a good job. We wondered how we would pay our bills but chose to continue to trust in God as we paid our tithe and held our breath, hoping my income would cover our bills each month. We prayed for relief but never expected the answer would include the total destruction of everything we owned. The tornado crashed through the town, causing death and destruction to everything in its path.
After the grief subsided at the loss of life suffered by our neighbors, we came to realize that we also lost all of our debts and the decay of the older home we owned. We received so much more than we lost.
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It is sometimes hard to trust God when we suffer. Challenged in that very subject, Wise studied the Bible and current academic research to understand why trusting God is sometimes so difficult. The first part of the book is a bit academic in style with lots of footnoted research reviewed. The second part of the book is much more personable as Wise shares his own experience of suffering.
Wise explores four reasons we suffer: we live in a fallen world, we experience pain because of our sin, God is pruning us, and the world hates us. Then he gives three foundations upon which we express our trust for God: personality – based, cognitive – based, and institutional – based.
I am not sure I understood all of the research presented in the first part of the book and how it related to our trusting God. My favorite part of the book was the very touching account Wise gave on the loss of their premature baby. He later had the opportunity to comfort a man with the same experience and was able to share his grief. It was a good example of how God uses our experiences to grow us and to give us the ability to minister to others.
While I found some of this book a bit difficult to grasp, it does show how God is transforming us into the image of His Son and why we sometimes find it difficult to trust God in the process.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Tom and Nancy Wise are award-winning authors. Their first novel, The Borealis Genome, is the grand-prize winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti 2013 Award for YA Novels and 2014 Cygnus Award Lab Lit Category.
Thomas grew up in a military family moving from base to base as the child of a Marine, living the life of an officer’s brat in times of war while Nancy was raised the youngest child of a WWII veteran. When not working together on their novels, Tom teaches at University and authors articles on project management topics and nonfiction books published by Gower Publishing in the UK.
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“Why Can’t We Trust God?” reflects my struggle with the purpose of suffering. I identify with Jacob, wrestling with God, holding on to my pain and anger, determined to find God’s blessing in compensation for a life that didn’t seem to meet my expectations. I dug my feet in, refusing to be moved, and I was determined to find some confirmation of why life hurts, why I suffer from failure, health, setbacks, and the meaning of life.
“Why Can’t We Trust God?” published by Zion Press, a CrossLink Publishing imprint, describes my exploration of the word WHY in relation to God’s more excellent plan for life on earth.
Why did I write the book, “Why Can’t We Trust God?”
Because we need answers.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.