The book is a result of a course that
Larry Waters developed over 2 years
ago on “The Theology of Suffering and Disability and the Church.” Daniel
Thomson describes that the main thesis of the book revolves around what we believe are
weaknesses in many churches, and the Christian community as a whole, concerning
a proper application and biblical response to suffering and disability. For the
most part the Church today is failing to properly present the biblical view of
suffering, and is not involved in developing a ministry for the disabled and
then involving them in their ministry. “There is no disability or suffering
ministry until the disabled and suffering are ministering.” Dr.
This book is unique in many ways including the fact that it aims at much more than appealing to certain people, but strives for specific responses.
envisions five specific responses:
1). Make the church aware of its need to minister to and involve the disabled
in their ministries. 2). Give a biblical foundation for understanding the
existence of suffering, how suffering is used by the Lord, and how we can
respond biblically both individually and collectively to the problem of pain
and suffering. 3). Comfort for those who are suffering. 4). Encouragement to
those who have struggle so long and so hard to start a disability and suffering
ministry in their church. 5). Encourage other institutions of learning to use
this book as a text or suggested text for a similar course on “A Theology of
Suffering and Disability.” Dr.
The list of qualified contributors is impressive: Larry J. Waters (Editor), Roy B. Zuck (Editor), Randy Alcorn (Foreword), Joni Eareckson Tada (Contributor), Ronald B. Allen (Contributor), James E. Allman (Contributor), Victor D. Anderson (Contributor), Mark L. Bailey (Contributor), Jessica James Baldridge (Contributor), Douglas K. Blount (Contributor), Stephen J. Bramer (Contributor), Thomas L. Constable (Contributor), Patricia Evans (Contributor), Greg A. Hatteberg (Contributor), Michael A. Justice (Contributor), Linda M. Marten (Contributor), James A. Neathery (Contributor), Daniel R. Thomson (Contributor), Stanley D. Toussaint (Contributor), Richard L. Voet (Contributor), Amy J. Wilson (Contributor). They are qualified in the fact that they have dealt with their own disability (
) or are the care giver for someone who is disabled ( Joni Erickson Tada for his wife Gregory Hatteberg Lisa). Wisdom is truly reflected in their
writings as some who has experienced what they are writing about and care
deeply about those dealing with these situations. They are no strangers to
suffering and not content to just share experience. Their writings are rich in
Biblical reflections showing both accuracy and breadth of Biblical subject
matter from the person of God Himself to His sovereign care.
This excellent tome is no mere formula to "cure or care" for people, but treats the issue of disability and suffering in the full orbed Kingdom perspective. "Why, O God?" does not merely deal with suffering and disability in the Bible and Church, but shows how God redeems suffering (Eph. ) and how the Church is called on to show this fact in both word and deed.
- Retail Price: $22.00 US
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Crossway
July 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433525801
- ISBN-13: 978-1433525803
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches