Pros: Encourages you to let God be in control of your life. Easy reading.
Cons: Even if you are not a Christian, you can find some helpful,positive ideas.
The Bottom Line: This book is a very useful resource for helping you find inner peace and to inspire you to be free from doubt and confusion.
I would like to give Sweetcece credit for inspiring me to read this book. Her Epinion review: ishttp://www.epinions.com/content_31172562564/tk_~CB002.1.2 encouraged me to purchase this book. I think Sweetcece did a wonderful job of reviewing this book. I have also been a fan of Pastor Joyce Meyer's ministry programs for a long time. One day I hope that she will offer a seminar near my hometown.
Why,God,Why?, is a small book with about 57 pages of great knowledge and ways we can overcome our doubts and confusions in life. I have just recently had to face several disturbing problems in my personal life and I bought this book to find the answers to some of my own questions about life. I live in West Virginia and we recently had a devastating flood that left thousands of West Virginians without homes and robbed of their personal belongings including some family members and family pets.
This book is divided into nine chapters which are listed below:
1.What Causes Confusion?
2.Delivered From "Reasonings"
3.The Attitude of Faith
4.Grace Comes One Day At a Time
7.Don't Be Led by Your Head
8."Reasonings" Cause Deception
9.Confusion Steals Your Joy
One of the most important messages that I got from this book is that confusion is the exact opposite of peace. I am one of those people that is always trying to find peace in my life. I do not like turmoils or roads with dead ends. I knew that I needed help in my life so that I could enjoy the things that God had intended for me to enjoy.
I now realize that it was not meant for me to understand why things turned out the way they did. The more I tried to question why did this happen to me?, the more confused I became. Since all of the temptation to try to "reason" or figure out things were in my mind, I needed to quit trying to find the answers that only God seems to have. It is Satan that enters our mind and tries to create confusion in our life. I feel that if I obey God, He will help me to fight the mental battle with Satan.
The second chapter deals with "reasonings". I have learned that the more I lean on Christ Jesus, the more I can trust Him since I know that He will help me to understand when the time is right. I also know that I must pray for the Holy Spirit to give me understanding and to give me patience until God's timing is near. This is known as the attitude of faith!
In the third chapter it deals with the attitude of faith. When I watched my local television station and listened to the families that were affected by the flood, they were still giving God praises for saving their lives. Faith gives us the strength to live one day at a time. It allows our mind to rest and avoid confusion.
The fourth chapter sends us the message to live for today and not to dwell on our pasts or what may happen tomorrow. Joyce compares this method of accepting grace for today by reminding us of when the Israelites stored up more "manna" , the daily food coming from heaven, than they were allowed. God would allow the excess food to rot because he wanted the people to trust Him for their daily food! By having faith, God allows us to rest today knowing that He will give us grace always. I know it is very difficult not to worry about the future, but this chapter gave me assurance that God will take care of me. That is why we should live each day to the best of our ability and spend our time wisely.
The "If Only" chapter just reminds us that we are going nowhere by wasting our time and our energy in the past. We all experience some sad and unfair events in our life. We can not afford to live in self-pity. We need to quit trying to think about how we could have done things differently and move forward in our life!
I think that this chapter on "What If?" is one of my biggest problems that I face. I am always afraid of being rejected and worry about where the extra money will come from when we have a special need in our life. I must confess that when I have worked on our family budget and know that there is not enough money coming in for a certain bill, that God has provided for us! One example was when my husband received a special bonus in his check that was not expected. So I know that God is there for us. That is just one way that God has met one of our needs. The main thought that I got from this chapter was to remember that God is in control.
The next chapter was on not allowing yourself to be led by your head. Joyce shares her story about purchasing a beautiful dress that was a size too large and keeping it in the plastic with the tags still on it for several months. She felt that her spirit wanted her to give this new dress to another lady in her ministry. Joyce argued with her mind because her flesh loved the dress and did not want to give it up. But every time she prayed to God about helping this woman, the red dress would be on her mind. She finally obeyed God and gave the new dress to this lady and realized that she had purchased this red dress for her friend all along. So by following her heart and not her head, she did the right thing.
The eighth chapter is "Reasonings" Cause Deception. If we try to reason or figure things out, we may just go around in circles causing ourselves more confusion and doubt. You may approach a situation spiritually or by the flesh. I have found by turning my problem over to God and praying for Him to help me understand works best for me. You can think about your situation and meditate, but if you try to reason on the problem too long, you will get confused. One example that I had was when I was trying to decide how to help the flood victims in my area. I just happened to read bgoodday's profile page where he was sponsoring the 2001 Helping Hands Write-Off. When I read that, then I knew I wanted to participate in that write-off and donate money to our local animal shelter that was in great need of supplies and food. This is just one method of how God answered my question as to how I could help in this flood disaster.
The last chapter says it all, confusion steals your joy! Whenever you are confused, everything is wrong and we tend to make more mistakes. By getting rid of confusion, you will find peace. My inner peace gives me the serenity and contentment that I need in my life. The final thought I would like to leave with you is the following:
The nature of the Spirit is to trust God to reveal the answer in His timing. I use this book almost on a daily basis. It reminds me not to try to "reason" and to just trust that God will be here today and tomorrow.