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How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen?
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How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen?


NavPress 2008

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It’s a timeless question: If God is good, why do bad things happen? We pray for blessing, but we feel cursed. Following Christ seems to make life harder, not easier—then why should we continue?

Using the book of Job, Mark Tabb searches for the answers to these questions and others that relate. Encounter an honest discussion of suffering and find real-world comfort and strength for the trials you face.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of spiritual disciplines. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about faith, meditation, and Christlikeness.

Key Features

  • Seeks to help those who have to endure suffering daily
  • Discusses how bad events can happen even with God’s influence
  • Explores the paradox of suffering


  • We Cannot Control God’s Hand
  • Part One: How Could God Let This Happen?
    • Paradise and the Paradox of Suffering
    • The Danger of Living with a God I Can’t Figure Out
    • This Isn’t What I Signed Up For
    • What I Always Feared
    • Trusting God When the Hope of Heaven Is All You Have (or Want)
  • Part Two: Can I Ever Trust God Again?
    • Getting Honest with God
    • Must God Seem Good for Me to Believe?
    • The Promise That Never Fails (No Matter How Dark the Day May Be)
    • Why Doesn’t God Do Something (If He Can)?
    • Break Point
    • Cruel
  • Part Three: Could God Have Some Purpose Behind All I’ve Been Through?
    • Where My Future Lies
    • Weaned from the World
    • Discovering God in the Middle of My Pain
    • Does the Rock Enjoy Being Chiseled into a Statue?
    • A Purpose That Goes Far Beyond This World
    • Toe-to-Toe with Our Greatest Enemy
  • Part Four: How Can My Life Go On from Here?
    • No Answer but God
    • I Still Want Answers
    • The Ultimate Step Forward
    • The Final Chapter (In More Ways Than One)

Product Details

  • Title: How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen?
  • Author: Mark Tabb
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 219

About Mark Tabb

Mark Tabb is the author of over 15 books, including Living with Less, The Upside of Downsizing Your Life, and Own Your Faith. His collaborative works include the New York Times bestseller, The Unusual Suspect with Stephen Baldwin. In addition to his work as a writer, Mark is a volunteer firefighter and serves as chaplain for his local fire department.

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