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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (20 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857923227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857923223
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Right from the first page this book is easy reading, yet it deals with the most difficult subject Christians ever have to face - the question of why a loving God allows suffering. A wonderful antidote to self-pity, I can highly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to those who struggle to know what to say or how to help when their friends are going through the mill." (Jennifer Rees Larcombe, Christian Herald)

"...not only an apologetic and a pastoral help but also puts the reader into immediate contact with Job and the Psalmists as they struggle with the issues for real. The book is a deceptively easy read, written in an everyday style with biblical and contemporary illustrations. It is well worth a read." (Evangelicals Now)

About the Author

Melvin Tinker is Vicar of St John’s Newland, Chairman of Yorkshire Gospel Partnership, Co-director of Northern Training Course and is a leading member of the Anglican group 'REFORM'. He is a popular author on culture and faith. He is Married to Heather and they have 3 grown sons.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Young on 21 Oct. 2009
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One teaching which appears to becoming more common in Christian circles today, is that `when you become a Christian, all your problems will disappear!' However, the reality is that they don't, and such a superficial and indeed false teaching, can leave many people disillusioned and filled with doubts. The question, which the title of the book asks is a serious one. Why indeed, is doing good no guarantee of an easy life, while on the other hand, it looks as if those who do bad seem to prosper all the time?
Melvin Tinker provides answers to these questions. He explores the cases of different characters from the Bible, such as Job. He also examines what Jesus Christ said, and looks at the example of the early Christians and goes on to give an explanation for the reasons for and the benefits of suffering. He writes in a very readable style, using some very powerful illustrations, and handles the subject in a very sensitive fashion. Here is a book, which I can recommend. It contains some timely teachings for the Christian church today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor V. Meagher on 17 April 2009
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The book is very readable and the words consoling. The book is as applicable today as it was when it was written. I highly recommend it to any person hurting or in need of uplifting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joy King on 12 Dec. 2013
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It is good book but is not the same copy as the picture shows. Perfectly fine for what I needed though.
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Or, better yet, why do GOOD things happen to bad people? 1 Jun. 2001
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This wonderful, theological read asks and answers the transgenerational, transglobal question which mankind has wrestled with since the beginning of time. Using the Old Testament example of Job, Melvin Tinker allows the reader to examine how God can work through hardship, pain and anguish to refine the human spirit and soul.
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People is one of the best explanations of the goodness of God no matter what the circumstances may seem like to us. This small book contains volumes of wisdom that will transform the perspective of people who are willing to take an honest look at how they perceive the lessons that life has to offer.
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An Excellent Read 25 Feb. 2006
By Mr. Michael Haughton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book addresses the problem of how a good God could exist in a world where there is so much suffering and evil. This is an honest book that does not shrink away from issues of the worst kinds of innocent suffering. Melvin Tinker is a clergyman who is well acquainted with people's sufferings and does not resort to cheap or shallow answers to explain away the difficulties of this subject. He uses mainly the Book of Job in looking at the problem of evil, as well as some of the Psalms and Jesus' teaching in the Gospels.

The book is both eloquent and readable, and it contains some rare but very useful insights into Job that I have personally found very helpful. I intend to get an extra copy to give to one of my relatives.
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interesting 13 Nov. 2012
By Jess - Published on Amazon.com
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These are some interesting points here about bad things happening to good people. I really think this is probably one of the most troubling subjects from our emotional stand point. Fortunately for us, God offers numerous answers to comfort us in these times. Here are a few other points you might consider adding to your discussion of this topic at [...]
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great read 14 Mar. 2014
By Dee - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading this and it is a great read. It makes me want to keep reading it. Very insightful. Hoping this will help with our questions from our adult daughter and her spiritual battle.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Miniature In Appearance But a Giant Inside. 26 July 2007
By Anthony Toupuissant - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether religious or not, this book will provide readers with answers they need to be able to share an explanation of the different factors behind the benefit and purpose of adversity.

Melvin Tinker, the author, is well and widely read in the various disciplines he writes about. His masterful ability to convert scripture into understandable plain language makes his work even more believable and trustworthy.

You will find this book fascinating in a sense that it ministers unto the quietness of your spirit.

For those who may find this work inadequate, and seek more thought provoking lessons, then Rabbi Harold Kushner's "When Bad Things Happen To Good People" may serve as a good fill in the blanks book to compliment this one.
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