Why? Paperback

Looking at God, Evil & Personal Suffering

by Sharon Dirckx;


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‘Why?’ is an engaging read that asks the universal question – why do bad things happen? – and answers them with compelling arguments and real-life stories.

•  Why does God allow his creation to suffer?
•  Does God even care?
•  Can you be a practicing Christian, living in the paradox of believing in a loving God whilst experiencing personal suffering?

The inside of this book is both intellectually profound and comfortingly written. When the tsunami of suffering and tragedy hits your life, its human nature to question our existence, purpose and creation. Why not steer your broken heart, or a friend’s, towards these words which will challenge your thinking and soothe your soul.

Why? by Sharon Dirckx was published by IVP in January 2013 and is our 9549th best seller. The ISBN for Why? is 9781844746194.

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Suffering and tragedy can cause us all to ask 'Why?'

• Why do bad things happen?
• If God exists, why doesn’t he do something?
• Why am I being singled out?

Of all the hurdles to faith, surely suffering must be the greatest. It tears lives apart and raises questions for us all.

But when we ask ‘why?, to whom are we addressing our question? Where do the most satisfying answers come from?Does it matter?

Sharon Dirckx unpacks our questions sensitively and wisely, weaving her arguments with real-life stories of anguish and pain

She concludes, ‘I would like to show you that, even though we don’t understand everything, it is still possible to believe in a powerful, loving God and acknowledge the reality of evil and suffering. Not only that, but seeing life from this perspective helps us make more, not less, sense of our hurting world.’

While we may never have all the answers, it does not mean that there are no answers at all.

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'Written with the heart of a mother as well as the mind of a scientist, Why? is not only profound, but tender and comforting. This book is not just about suffering, but written by one who knows suffering to others who are suffering themselves.'- Os Guinness

'When I was 16, my sports career was called into question when I was run over by a speed boat and got caught in the propellers. Sharon’s book puts words and reason to what I instinctively knew in my heart the day I became an amputee: God loves me, God is good, God is all powerful, and God was mourning the loss of my leg alongside me. I flipped between anger and thankfulness that my life was spared, but the experience of God’s peace was constant. Sharon does a brilliant and honest job of explaining this paradox.'- Stefanie Reid, Paralympic Medallist

'Lucid, empathetic and Biblical, this engaging treatment of the enigma of human suffering speaks both to the confused mind and the aching heart, with wisdom, logic and grace. I warmly commend it.'- David J Jackman, Past President, The Proclamation Trust

‘I love the way Sharon wrestles with the truth. She turns it inside out and inspects its seams. She shakes it to see what falls out. She looks at it through the grid of real life, and defines it with doctrinally solid, scripturally sound conclusions. Both moving and challenging.’ - Jennifer Kennedy Dean, author of Live a Praying Life, and Executive Director of The Praying Life Foundation

'Sharon writes with sensitivity and insight about the painful reality of suffering in our world which will, in one way or another, affect us all. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone asking the deep questions of life.'- Amy Orr-Ewing, UK Director, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics

"Written with the heart of a mother as well as the mind of a scientist, Why? is not only profound, but tender and comforting. This book is not just about suffering, but written by one who knows suffering to others who are suffering themselves." - Os Guinness

"When I was 16, my sports career was called into question when I was run over by a speed boat and got caught in the propellers. Sharon’s book puts words and reason to what I instinctively knew in my heart the day I became an amputee: God loves me, God is good, God is all powerful, and God was mourning the loss of my leg alongside me. I flipped between anger and thankfulness that my life was spared, but the experience of God’s peace was constant. Sharon does a brilliant and honest job of explaining this paradox." - Stefanie Reid, Paralympic Medallist

"Lucid, empathetic and Biblical, this engaging treatment of the enigma of human suffering speaks both to the confused mind and the aching heart, with wisdom, logic and grace. I warmly commend it." - David J Jackman, Past President, The Proclamation Trust

"I love the way Sharon wrestles with the truth. She turns it inside out and inspects its seams. She shakes it to see what falls out. She looks at it through the grid of real life, and defines it with doctrinally solid, scripturally sound conclusions. Both moving and challenging." - Jennifer Kennedy Dean, author of Live a Praying Life, and Executive Director of The Praying Life Foundation

"Sharon writes with sensitivity and insight about the painful reality of suffering in our world which will, in one way or another, affect us all. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone asking the deep questions of life." - Amy Orr-Ewing, UK Director, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics

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Page last updated 27th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (January 2013)
Weight230g
Number of Pages176
Thickness16 mm
Height216 mm
Width137 mm
ISBN9781844746194
ISBN-101844746194
Product Code4062679
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