When you pick up this book you will find that in our times of trouble, in our struggles and loss, where we often think God doesn't care, He is right there with us. We can feel alone and shut out when hard times hit. We can find ourselves praying and asking where God is. We often wonder why we cannot hear Him. As you read through the pages of Why Is God Ignoring Me, Gary Habermas helps us see clearly that God is there. He has not left us, in fact He is moving in ways that we can not see at times, He is working behind the scenes to bring things together. One part that stands out for me is this: "Although the bible does include many wonderful promises of deliverance and healing, it does not mean that as believers we will always be exempted from trouble, sickness, persecution, ministry opposition, worry and death." Another part that caught my eye was where he was sharing how those in third world countries see our vision of faith or lack of. As they are hurting, they have a hope that God is present in and through the problems of life, not from them. Gary brings us through scripture, sharing God's word, and showing us through His word that He is in fact here with us. Finding God always occurs on God's terms, not ours. There are those who believe in "Name it and Claim it", but that is not how God works at all. We cannot place conditions on Him and the way He answers our prayers. Gary shows us that its often the journey through our struggles that gets us to where God wants us to be. All things happening in His timing is hard for us who want things and answers right now. If you are struggling, if you are wondering where God is, and what He is up to, this is a book for you. Although small, its packed with encouragement, hope, and knowledge. This book was a gift from Tyndale for its review.
Dr. Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Research Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University. He also teaches in the Ph.D. program in theology and apologetics at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned the Ph.D. at Michigan State University and the M.A. from the University of Detroit. He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirty-six books and contributed more than sixty chapters or articles to other books. He has also written well over one hundred articles and reviews for journals and other publications. While his chief areas of research (and the topic of eighteen of his books) are issues related to Jesus' resurrection, he has also published frequently on the afterlife as well as the subjects of suffering and religious doubt. Visit his Web site (http://www.garyhabermas.com/) to access some of his publications. Over the past fourteen years, he has often been a visiting or adjunct professor, having taught courses at some fifteen different graduate schools and seminaries in the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Eileen, have seven children and ten grandchildren, all of whom live in Lynchburg, Virginia.