“In order to break down camps of pain, sadness, regret, confusion, or disappointment, you have to ask questions, then put them on the back burners and trust God,” Karen Jensen writes in her book, Why God Why? What to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.
At two hundred and forty pages, this paperback targets those who are hurting emotionally and spiritually by holding on to the past, questioning hard situations, or experiencing heartaches. Due to topics of depression, illness, and death, it would not be appropriate for immature readers. Using mainly the NKJV version of the Bible, the AMP, ESV, GNT, KNJ, NAS, NIV, NLT, Phillips, TLB and The Message are referenced. The eternal plan of salvation is at the end of the book including notes and the author’s biography.
When the writer’s husband unexpectedly died at the age of thirty-seven years old, she became a single mother of twelve and thirteen year old sons. Taking over as senior pastor of the church she and her husband pastored, she had to adjust quickly to the new normal and not blame God.
Covering eleven chapters on the topic of questioning the Almighty regarding disappointments, she often correlates to a stove-top where some issues must be put on the back burners to simmer while others have to be brought forward and dealt with immediately.
The chapters are devoted to focusing on God, discussing if it is acceptable to question Him and that He is always with you, never changes, still works on His plans, and knows your future. The author reiterates you are never alone, are not lost but always loved, and in the end you will win. “Now Engage” sections conclude each chapter and have Front-Burner Truths with Bible verses.
Using Biblical characters like Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, Elisha, Job, Daniel, Jesus, Peter, and Paul, Jensen offers many of her own experiences dealing with her personal struggles as well as others.
Without going into detail of God’s chastening those He loves or Paul’s thorn in the flesh, she lists seven proofs of His love. Through her lessons learned, she promotes to stop dwelling on the past and press forward using “thought replacement therapy” while reminding oneself God will never forsake or leave you.
For someone hurting, perhaps forgetting there is no limit to God and His care for us, this book may be pivotal in moving onward in life as one focuses on Christ, not his or herself.
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