About the book:
An honest exploration of our struggle to trust
It doesn't take too much living before we realize that life never goes quite the way we want it to. But when things get hard and we don't understand what God is doing, what is our first impulse? Is it to resist Him and run? Or is it to trust Him even as we tremble in fear?
In this powerful exploration of God's often mysterious ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges you to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come your way when you experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, you are invited to look closer at what God is doing in your life when it feels like He is far from you. Unpacking the stories of three very different biblical figures, Crabb lights the way to a life of resting in the goodness of a God who is always working out His plan for our lives.
This was a fascinating book that really makes you think. Dr. Crabb used the illustrations of three Biblical characters to show the responses we might have to God when He doesn't make sense to us. Jonah and Saul (later Paul) show us two wrong ways to respond and Habakkuk shows us the right way. We all too often resist and run like Jonah or distort and deny like Saul but what we should do is tremble and trust like Habakkuk. To ask hard questions and know that hard things could be coming but to trust anyway. If we truly realized how much God loves us, we would trust that He is working for our good but the good as He sees it, which might be different than the good we want right now. He talked about suffering and possible reasons for it. I found the section on sovereignty to be especially fascinating. He compares and contrasts three views and digs into the Bible to see which view is most supported. I liked how it felt like Dr. Crabb was just thinking out loud sometimes, struggling with the questions he has and trying to work this out. He talked about struggles in his own life with health problems or other difficulties and what he's come to understand through his study of God's Word. Sometimes he says things my comfort-loving self didn't want to hear but it was the truth and important to hear it. I highly recommend this book for everyone!
I received this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.