The book Why is God Ignoring Me? by Gary R. Habermas was not what I expected, but in a good way. I don’t know what I was expecting. I think what I was expecting was a book full of all those times in our lives when we feel that God is ignoring us and a chapter of “but wait…here’s God.” What I got was an entire book of “here’s God!” From the first chapter, Habermas is showing where God is active in our lives, that God is not ignoring us. Sometimes, according to Habermas, God’s presence is supernatural (Chapter 1). Sometimes, God’s presence is a “love letter” (Chapter 2).
Parts of the book made me think. Chapter 5, for example, gave conditions for God answering prayer. At first I thought, “Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right.” I got hung up on the word “conditions.” But by the end of the chapter, I was in agreement with Habermas as there are conditions to the answer of prayer.
Chapter 6 was the one I found most interesting. This chapter is about spiritual disciplines and how they draw us closer to God. I think the reason I was drawn to this chapter was I have never been very good at the spiritual disciplines. But it made me think outside the box that is my preconceived notions; that maybe my spiritual disciplines fall under what Habermas labels as “Other Disciplines.”
I did take issues with one statement from Habermas. This statement comes from the chapter three during a discussion of God’s answering of prayers. It might seem like a small thing, it might seem that I’m being nit-picky, but for some reason it just bothered me. Habermas states, “Second, the prayers in the Bible, even those of the greatest saints, were not always answered.” (43) The issue I have with this statement is, I believe that God always answers prayers…the answer just might be no and sometimes that is the best way to interpret God’s silence; not that God is ignoring me, but the answer is no.
I don’t know what led me to pick this book from Tyndale, but I’m glad I did. I think it has a lot to do with my life situation at this very moment.
Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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