Monday, January 4, 2010

Cluck/Chuck? Where is God? Dr. John Townsend

The white out on 1-25 washed away our vision.  It had been a warm December day when my dad and I arrived at Mile High Stadium,  now it was freezing and the snow was coming down.   The snow came down hard and we were forced to pull aside at every exit in order to see through the front car window.   Our headlights were no longer blazing the trail because the snow had blanketed them with a white fury coat.   The ice on the road had a hold on our car and then I prayed, "God, if you are anywhere near please help us make it home."      
We all have had moments when we have felt overwhelmingly outside the Lord's warm hands.  Dr. John Townsend, the Best Selling Author of Boundaries,  examines the question: "Where is God Now That I need HIm Most!"  He illustrates how hard times make us look for God; How we are wired to look for God; that God is really for us even in the most difficult times;  and How each Christian Experiences pain and the walk with God in different ways.    
The question "Where is God"  has been answered by at least 121,151 books, so what makes this book stand out?   The book is easily applicable to life; there are many practical examples of how to find God when you have burnt the bacon.    Townsend avoids using legalistic means (self efficient steps) to get out of our hard times;  he points to repentance and the turning to prayer, community, and honest communication with God.   He shows that we are not alone in our pain, and that this pain needs to be dealt with honestly.  I appreciated that he did not allow the reader to feel it was okay to fall into victim hood. He illustrates how we are responsible for proper stewardship of all God's gifts, even pain.   The book is a keeper and a good resource that I would give to people in my church who desire to deal with their pain. 

Dr Townsend's  book  "Where is God?"
is a definite CLUCK IT: (something worth talking about).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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