When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

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It's easy to trust God when things are going our way and the world makes sense. But when suffering strikes--especially seemingly senseless suffering--we are filled with doubt and stunned by events spiraling beyond our control. In the midst of suffering, we often question the very foundation of our faith--our belief in the God who says he loves us.

Since our trust and obedience rest on God's character, the questions that life's tragedies force us to face are difficult, even frightening. Who is God? Can he really be trusted? What are his purposes in the face of suffering? If he can stop suffering, why doesn't he?

Joni Eareckson Tada, a woman who has lived in a wheelchair for more than thirty years, and Steve Estes, a pastor and one of Joni's closest friends, explore the answers. When God Weeps is not so much a book about suffering as it is about God. It tackles tough questions about heaven and hell, horrors and hardships, and why God allows suffering in this life.

Through a panoramic overview of what the Bible says about suffering, the authors make clear who God is, why he permits so much heartache and pain, and how it is we can trust him. With both a practical edge and heartfelt warmth, When God Weeps offers a message of deep reliance on God--and keys to a radical, life-transforming dependence on his love and mercy in spite of our doubts, fears, longings, and questions.

It's a message much needed. Despair and discouragement are rampant. At the same time, fewer people are able to balance God's purposes and his mercies. Instead, attempting to avoid tragedy and suffering, many Christians confuse simple formulas for faith. But where does that leave the family who loses a son on a military mission? Or the young mother who isn't healed of cancer?

When God Weeps is for people like these . . . and for thousands more who need more--much more--than answers.

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Joni Eareckson Tada, having been tutored in God's Word amidst the bruising reality of quadriplegia for over 30 years, is the author of over twenty books dealing with God's hand in hardship. The best-seller, Heaven, is her most recent book. She serves as president of JAF Ministries, a Christian organization which advances Christ's kingdom among the world's 550 million people with disabilities. She and her husband, Ken, reside in Calabasas, California.

Steve Estes holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and Columbia Bible College. He is the senior pastor of Community Evangelical church in Elverson, Pennsylvania. He co-authored A Step Further with Joni Eareckson Tada in 1978 and authored Called to Die, the biography of slain missionary linguist Chet Bitterman

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