When God’s Ways Make No Sense

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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 away like Jonah? Or is it to trust him even while trembling in fear of suffering like Habbakuk? In this powerful exploration of God’s often mysterious and counterintuitive ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges readers to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come our way when we experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, he invites us to look closer at what God is doing in our lives when it feels like he is far from us. Unpacking the stories of two very different prophets, 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.


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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.|Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and visiting professor of spiritual formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife of more than fifty years, Rachael, live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Learn more at www.newwayministries.org.

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“Larry Crabb is equal parts Bible scholar and professional counselor, which makes him the ideal person to address this topic. And in an era of global terrorism, nuclear fears, political divisions, and devastating natural disasters, we need a trustworthy guide to explore God’s ways.”–Philip Yancey, bestselling author of Disappointment with God and Where Is God When It Hurts?

“No matter who you are, at some point you’ll encounter a situation where God’s plan just doesn’t seem to add up. Those are difficult times, and they can truly test your faith. What matters is how you respond. Larry Crabb understands, and he provides practical insights to help us identify and choose the way forward.”–Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

“From a renowned Christian mentor who has been living in the shadows of his own mortality; he writes biographically and deeply compassionately on behalf of many troubled souls. A wonderful and passionate book!”–James M. Houston, Board of Governors’ Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“Frankly, I don’t understand God, His ways, or why He’s doing what He’s doing in my life and that of those I love. ‘Trust and tremble’ isn’t my normal response to God’s ways. Sometimes it’s more ‘cuss and spit.’ This book is profound, fresh, practical, and life-altering. I’m going to be different and better because of it, and you will too!”–Steve Brown, author, broadcaster, and seminary professor

“I have always admired Larry Crabb for his authentic honesty about the challenges of life balanced with an unwavering trust in God’s character. Once again, he walks this tightrope well in When God’s Ways Make No Sense.”–Mark McMinn, author of The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church

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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 away like Jonah? Or is it to trust him even while trembling in fear of suffering like Habbakuk? In this powerful exploration of God’s often mysterious and counterintuitive ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges readers to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come our way when we experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, he invites us to look closer at what God is doing in our lives when it feels like he is far from us. Unpacking the stories of two very different prophets, 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.

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