When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

Joni Eareckson Tada Steve Estes


When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

  • Title: When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty
  • Author: Joni Eareckson Tada Steve Estes
  • ISBN: 9780310241911
  • Page: 304
  • Format: None



If God Is Loving, Why Is There Suffering When suffering touches our lives, the questions it raises suddenly demand answers It s one thing to break a leg and wait for it to heal It s another to experience the kind of wrenching pain that can disable our hearts, our minds, our attitudes, and our faith If God is there and he s good, how can such suffering exist and what puIf God Is Loving, Why Is There Suffering When suffering touches our lives, the questions it raises suddenly demand answers It s one thing to break a leg and wait for it to heal It s another to experience the kind of wrenching pain that can disable our hearts, our minds, our attitudes, and our faith If God is there and he s good, how can such suffering exist and what purpose can it possibly serve After almost forty years in a wheelchair, Joni Eareckson Tada s intimate experience with suffering gives her a special understanding of God s intentions for people in their pain In this ZondervanGroupware TM , she and lifelong friend Steven Estes guide you and your group beyond glib answers Through six powerful group sessions that include video clips and penetrating discussions, they share glimpses into Joni s personal journey as well as the struggles and triumphs of others children with disabilities, a woman who lost two sons and her marriage, a friend with a debilitating disease When God Weeps will help your group discover a God who is big enough to understand suffering, wise enough to allow it, and powerful enough to use it for a greater good than any of us can ever imagine.When God Weeps sessions 1 A Good God in a Suffering World2 What Can Suffering Accomplish in Our Lives 3 How We Respond to Suffering Matters4 Jesus Gives Us Hope5 Finding Contentment6.A Look Toward Heaven


Recent Comments "When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty"

If you think God doesn’t care about the suffering in this world, then you need to read this book. I did not agree with everything theologically that was presented, but it did help me understand God in ways I hadn’t really thought about before. One of Joni’s statements went something like, “ I would much rather be in this chair and knowing the Lord than on my feet without Him.” Through her suffering she came to know Christ in such an intense life changing way. Suffering is not always a [...]

The most powerful book on suffering. I thought I knew about suffering. I thought i've heard about it enough. Until I read in this book how faithful Christians suffered. Is there sickness in your family that seems utterly hopeless? Are you suffering from an illness from birth or from an accident that is beyond cure? If there's only 1 book in your life that you should read, it should be this. "Written" by no other than Joni Eareckson Tada who is quadriplegic herself. And i say "written" coz she ha [...]

This book came across my list of books to consider at just a time when I was pondering this, one of life’s more esoteric questions: Why does a loving God allow suffering?When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada begins with a visit to people who are indeed in states of deep physical suffering. These scenes serve well to render one’s own knowledge of suffering in the world. Beyond the medical issues experienced by the people in this book, I couldn’t help but think of third-world countries, pris [...]

This book helped me through my own struggles of understanding why God had allowed me to have a chronic medical condition. When I was diagnosed, as a teenager, I was utterly alone in dealing with it. This book helped me in so many ways. While reading this book, I didn't feel completely alone in my circumstances. And it helped answer questions no one else in my life could.

One of the best books I've ever read. Too bad it was from the library or I would have highlighted and written all over it. Will definitely be buying a copy.

An encouraging book on suffering from a women who has suffered more than most. A good reminder that hope is always available, especially in our trials and afflictions.

Listened to the audiobook of this one, read by Joni, and it took me back to when my mom would listen to her radio program each morning. I'm grateful that my mom surrounded us with voices of truth such as Joni, and it was refreshing to revisit her profound story and the winsome way she discusses suffering.Joni is full of cheer and wisdom, which she has only gained through her years of suffering and comforting others who are suffering. Her insight into the topic of how Christians should understand [...]

Overview"If God is loving, why is there suffering?When bad things happen, who’s behind them--God or the devil? When suffering touches our lives, questions like these suddenly demand an answer. From our perspective, suffering doesn’t make sense, especially when we believe in a loving and just God. After more than thirty years in a wheelchair, Joni Eareckson Tada’s intimate experience with suffering gives her a special understanding of God’s intentions for us in our pain.'When God Weeps' g [...]

Suffering with Parkinson's Disease.A 'must read' for anyone who is living with suffering of any kind. It has changed my perspective concerning my situation, and has renewed my hope. God is preparing me for Eternity.

3.5 stars

The first book of Joni's I ever read was Diamonds in the Dust. In this beautiful book she mentioned that one of the first people she questioned about God and His role in suffering was a sixteen year old boy from her church who was a student of the Bible. She agreed to buy him all the cola he wanted if he would come to her house and study the Scriptures on suffering with her. He did, and the conversations they had took them close to the heart of God in our pain, and made them lifelong friends. Th [...]

Joni Eareckson Tada's insights on suffering have been forged during more than thirty years in a wheelchair. In When God Weeps she and her longtime friend Pastor Steve Estes explore questions of theodicy beyond the superficial. They proclaim faith in a God `big enough to understand our suffering, wise enough to allow it." This is not your superficial "God wants everyone to be healthy right now" approach! Their approach is radically God-centered. Rather than starting with man's concerns and then e [...]

Really amazing book on suffering. I've read other books on the "problem" of suffering but they've either been way too scholarly or reductionistic. This book has neither problem. Instead it has clear and thorough biblical teaching combined with great narrative examples.

I NEEDED to read this book at this time in my life. I was looking for "a book about suffering" as part of a reading challenge, and a friend recommended a different title by Joni. But my local library had this one. I believe God put this book in my path "for such a time as this."Joni (and her pastor friend who writes a few of the chapters) doesn't go for the old, trite answers in this subject. She doesn't spout platitudes. She very honestly deals with the subject of suffering--chronic pain, termi [...]

This book is writen by two long term friends, an evangelical minister/pastor and an equally religious and well versed friend, paralyzed and in a wheelchair from a teenage diving accident. It written about suffering, why we have it, how to get through it, how to help others, what to think about it, examples in the Bible, people who have suffered and how they handled it and how we can relieve the suffering of others. You can tell by the depth of the book that they have put considerable effort and [...]

Most of us do not wish to discuss or to think about suffering and whether it is a requirement in our spiritual life. This book deals with the difficult questions Christians confront when faced with all the trauma that compose our existence. Tada provides excellent Scriptural proofs for what she presents concerning the necessity of Christians to suffer and the great benefit of that pain. One does not read this book for enjoyment, but one can find peace and comfort throughout the book as questions [...]

Having experienced serious illness and family loss to miscarriage, suffering drew me to this book. Joni has lived 40 years in a wheelchair as a result of a diving accident in which she broke her neck. Her life speaks loudly to the questions related to suffering. As a result, when she speaks, her platform is her wheelchair.When suffering touches our lives, questions like the following suddenly demand an answer. Too often suffering makes no sense to us, to me. If God is a good God, why does He all [...]

This book presents one of the clearest studies I've ever encountered of the questions why. Why is there suffering? Why does God allow it? Why, if He is all-powerful, can't He stop it? If He is in control and He allows it, is He really good? Who is God and what is His nature?What makes this book doubly powerful is that the author wrestled with these questions herself for years after an accident left her a quadriplegic at 17; the answers she found are not theory. They are the living, breathing res [...]

"God permits what He hates, to achieve what He loves"I really liked this book that Tada and Estes wrote about the theology of suffering and questions when people are in pain.God is still good even though He allows people to suffer in horrendous ways.The theology is good, the stories are real; this is no frivolous-pat-answer Christian bandage to the hard realities of suffering.This book also gives me more of a solid Christian perspective when I am working within the disability community.Read it i [...]

This is an excellent book dealing with topic of why God allows us to suffer and how to work through it. The fact it is written by someone who knows personal suffering so deeply (Joni became was paralyzed in a diving accident when a teen) only contributes to the books poignancy and authenticity. There are no easy answers here, but there are answers.A book to read and re-read as needed and perhaps not even when "needed" but able to be pondered. The highest recommendation possible.For a later title [...]

This is the most powerful book I've read yet on suffering and how it relates to Christ. A must read for those struggling with bad things that happen in their lives. I must say that I picked this up at the library and it's 2 weeks late getting back because I can't part with it in the house. The appendix is a huge blessing to me; full of Scripture to pray over when you are having a tough time. Over the last couple of years I've read nearly all the verses used in this book, but it's been a wonderfu [...]

I ordered this book at the suggestion of and when I received it I read the Introduction and immediately put it away for about a year. The Introduction hit really close to home and I could tell this book wasn't something I was ready to read. About a year went by and I picked it up again and I couldn't put it down. It's now dog-eared, highlighted and written in. I can't say enough good things about this book except that if you're hurting and you want some explanation then please read this book. T [...]

This is a great book, for those to read, who have gone through difficult trials and does not understand why God allows it.Chapters: 1 - I'm Hurting BadSection One: Who is This God?2 - Ecstasy Spilling Over3 - The Suffering God4 - Does He Really Expect Me to Suffer?5- All Trials Great and Small6 - Heaven's Dirty Laundry?Section Two: What is He Up to?7 - A Few Reasons Why8 - The Best Answer We Have9 - Making Sense of SufferingSection Three: How Can I hang On?10 - Cry of the Soul11 - Gaining Conten [...]

After listening to the audio edition of "When God Weeps," I must say that with each of the three times through this little gem, I have learned more and more. I highly recommend the audio edition. Joni's tone is conversational for addressing the arguments which people make against God's goodness and His perspective on suffering. I will be listening to this again. I so appreciate how she speaks straight from Scripture to enable me to see all the more deeply God's character, His hatred of sin and s [...]

There are some really good ideas in this book (though I don't agree with all of the theology). I think it has the potential to help a lot of people. However, it's very repetitive, and well I can understand how that would be helpful to some people, I found it kind of annoying. Also, there are a lot of references to Tada's backstory, so I think I missed a lot by not having read any of her other books before this one.

Tada became a paraplegic as a teenager. The book describes her journey in making sense of suffering. She finds her answer in a faith in a Sovereign God whose "decrees and ordinances shape good and evil." The issue of suffering is a difficult issue. Many will find issue with the idea of a God who intentionally causes His creation to suffer. Tada does her best to explain the purpose and benefit of suffering.

This book was incredible and one of the best I have ever read. It was full of practical theology and real Biblical answers to hard answers. This is one of those books that I will reference and reread often. Even if you are not currently going through suffering you are sure to know someone who is, and sometimes it is harder to bear others' sufferings than your own. This book points all people to the truth that is only found in God's Word

Seriously, this is a good book. Even if you think you've got suffering figured out, I recommend it. Joni has been quadriplegic for at least 30 years now so she's had to wrestle with God and make sense of suffering - in light of the biblical ideas that God is overflowing with love and in control of everything.

I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering, or wondering why God allows us pain. It is not a theological treatise or an intellectual breakdown, it is written from experience (a Christian paraplegic) and the Bible. And even though it is a bit dated in spots and I disagreed sometimes with the way things were phrased, it contains truth that we all need to hear.

Eareckson Tada has a wonderful perspective on suffering, and her chapters are worth reading and assimilating into your personal theology of suffering. Her chapters have a beautiful movement from desiring to be free of suffering to desiring simply to have Christ.Outside of the chapters she authored I found the writing style to be distracting to the point of annoyance.


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