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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310214378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310214373
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Gold Medallion Award and an inspirational best-seller for over twenty years, Where is God When it Hurts? Has been revised and updated by the author to explore the many important issues that have arisen during that time. Sensitive and caring, this unique book discusses pain--physical, emotional, and spiritual--and helps us understand why we suffer from it and how to cope with our own and that of others. Using examples from the Bible as well as the author's personal experiences, this expanded edition speaks to everyone for whom life sometimes doesn't make sense. Philip Yancey can help us discover how to reach out to someone in pain even when we don't know what to say. It shows us how we can learn to accept without blame, anger, or fear that which we cannot understand.

About the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com

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I bought this book when my Uncle and Aunt were both diagnosed with cancer within weeks of each other. In the midst of a very confusing time it described a God that was compassionate and wise and taught me to rest in the security of knowing Him as that. It taught me not to expect safety of the body but safety of the soul. This book is easy to read but some of it's truths can be painful if you are suffering and angry - although that dosen't make them any less true!
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i read this book as a chronic pain sufferer. I found it very readable at a time when I didn't feel like reading anything.
He starts by explaining how pain as a response in the human body is actually useful. He then turns to look at what happens when the pain system doesn't function properly with a few very moving case studies. Finally he adds some very useful and practical tips for dealing with pain (either for yourself or to help others).
Along the way we learn that it wasn't part of God's original plan for his people to be in pain. There won't be any bad pain in heaven (yeah!)
This book is both practical and spiritual. Excellent for those in pain / suffering illness or those who know people who are.
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Philip Yancey tackles this topic fearlessly. As a paraplegic still coming to terms with my own paralysis I found this book very helpful. He doesn't trot out the usual platitudes and he has the courage to say that we have all said the wrong thing in the belief that we were encouraging someone.
This is a book to keep and to ponder. The research is deep. For instance he spent a year talking to a self-help group of dying people. He also gives real life examples of many people who hurt.
The book begins with a treatise on why pain is necessary and can even be regarded as good. He then goes on to talk about pain in general - both physical and emotional.
This is a book for all who are hurting and those who have to live with them. It helped my wife and I greatly.
Dave Dean (T12 Paraplegic)
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Philip Yancey is such a good writer, teacher and theologian. He explains everything in simple terms, never makes the reader feel guilty for asking a difficult question. Life hurts, it hurts those who do not believe in God and it hurts christians too. I would recommend this book to christians to guide us in difficult situations and to non christians so they will understand the source of our strength.
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I have a chronic pain condition.
I have been through times of suffering in my life.
I know people who suffer and have pain in their lives.
I am also a Christian.

Everything Philip Yancy has to say in this book speaks to me.
If you have one of the four things above, this book will also speak to you.
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because it is obviously dated in some parts. I would not say that this really impacts on the message and guidance within it.....
If you've got as far as reading this review whilst trying to decide if you should read this book then I think you should read it!
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REASONABLY PRICED AND GOOD DELOIVERY TO ME, DELIGHTED WITH THIS TRANSACTION.
The content is illuminating AND THE ANALYSIS IS uniquely Yancey's with penetrating comments and insights.
A helpful and challenging read as one would expect from Yancey.
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By Radiojock TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2014
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I spent much time reviewing and adding notes as I read through this book. My own story of living with pain would probably make your hair curl! I won't bore anyone. I'm glad to have read this. It's been its own source of strength to me, but there were some things I didn't fully agree with.

It's good to have the Kindle copy, as I really like adding notes to look back on later.
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Philip Yancey really does have the knack of presenting the problem of pain and suffering in an understandable and palatable format. He includes some amazing stories, like that of Brian Sternberg (which is also on reallifestories.org) a world class athlete struck down and paralysed in his youth by a bad fall during training. It is a fascinating book and was very helpful for my disabled mother in law.
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