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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Maurice England Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780310876427
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Your pain is real
When will it go away?

Winner of the Gold Medallion Award and an inspirational bestseller for over twenty-five years, Where Is God When It Hurts? has been revised and updated by the author to explore the many important issues that have arisen during that time. Sensitive and caring, this unique audiobook discusses pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer from it and how to cope with our own and that of others.

Using examples from the Bible as well as the author’s personal experiences, this expanded edition speaks to everyone for whom life sometimes doesn’t make sense. Philip Yancey can help us discover how to reach out to someone in pain even when we don’t know what to say. He shows us how we can learn to accept without blame, anger, or fear that which we cannot understand.

“I finished (this audiobook) feeling as if I had [listened to] a classic. It probes aspects of pain that C. S. Lewis never touches.” —William J. Petersen

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/18/2014

    " Thanks Philip you have although not your intention convinced me there is no God. At least not the loving heavenly Father that the bible, church and Christians think he is. Appreciate your insights but life experienced contradicts the reasons you tried your best to offer. God should thank you for defending him but I quite doubt he cares at all about you or the world if He exists at all in the manner the church thru the lens of the bible thinks. ............Pg 245 the fact that Jesus came to earth where he suffered and died does not remove pain from our lives (ok then what is the fuss all about. The cross the thorns and all)...But it does show that God did not sit idly by and watch us suffer in isolation ..( o ok thanks alot but that does not help me, helloooo) what kind of God is it ? Not only cannot help but came to suffer along ??!! So ?? .........Pg 248. All of this objectors missed the main point of the gospel, that in some mysterious ways (that word again) it was God himself who came on earth and died. God was not up there watching the tragic events conspire down here. God was in Christ....(ok, so is the father the son ?? Christ is actually the God the Father but disguised as the son....wow brilliant !!) well done....more theology ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/13/2014

    " I heard Philip Yancey speak several years ago in Exeter, and found it fascinating ti listen to his ideas. One thing he said has really stuck with me. He said he doesn't write books because he has the answers, but because he wants to ask the questions. I find it very refreshing to follow his thought process, and sometimes not necessarily reach a conclusion, but rather to ask the questions with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/11/2014

    " I have read this book but it has been quite some time since I did so. I think I need to re-read it. There seems to be a lot of pain in our world lately, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victor Sianghio | 1/31/2014

    " I got lost in the book. The first few chapters talked about pain. This doesnt show the connection to the title. I was hoping that it would be more of a spiritual book; but it didnt really show itself to be as such. It didnt really show its difference with other books that talked about death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lela | 1/27/2014

    " A good book to read when you hurt. He doesn't tell you how to make it go away but he does put a lot of things into perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burnettkw | 1/17/2014

    " A good discussion on why we suffer, how to respond to people who are suffering, and how to deal with the suffering we face. One warning: the chapter on "painless hell" was very disturbing (I have yet to see a horror movie scarier than one particular episode described). Skim it or skip it, but the bottom line is that you should feel grateful -- very, very grateful -- that you can feel pain because life without the sensation of pain is horrifying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Garcia | 1/17/2014

    " I thought that this was an okay book. There are a few profound passages that gave me a lot to think about but overall I thought it was just an okay book. There is a much much better book about suffering and the good that can come from it called "What's Good About Feeling Bad?" I would highly recommend the mentioned book for those who are trying to understand why we suffer and those looking for hope and the good in the midst of suffering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Bandy | 1/16/2014

    " Once again, a very nice, fresh, different perspective on the problem of pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Woofter | 1/16/2014

    " I wish I knew Yancey personally! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/31/2013

    " This is one of the most powerful books I have been impacted by. I read it shortly after experiencing one of the most devastating losses in my life. I recommend this for anybody who has been, or is, hurting for some interesting perspectives on God's role/place in our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/26/2013

    " A less academic approach the eternal question of why God allows suffering. It reminded me a lot of Ehrman's God's Problem with similar explanations, but I liked that Yancey used stories of people who suffer to explore the question. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve Ng | 11/15/2013

    " I bought this book when i was serving in the youth ministry. Well, I got ministered myself. A good buy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Karp | 11/6/2013

    " Very thought provoking. Takes the perspective of how we react to pain and hardship as a means of moving forward instead of looking for someone or something (God?) to blame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angélique | 11/3/2013

    " 3 1/2 Stars. This was a very fascinating book. It taught me a lot of things I probably wouldn't have learned any other way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 crystal | 10/31/2012

    " this book helped grow my understanding of suffering... giving glory to God and finding the joy in all circumstances.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venus race | 9/7/2012

    " pain is a gift from heaven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ewald | 4/19/2012

    " THE book to read when you are asking questions in a time of pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tre Pryor | 2/27/2012

    " My favorite Yancey book but they're all tremendous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 2/8/2012

    " This book is AMAZING. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dynasty | 5/19/2011

    " Thank God for pain. This book definitely goes in my category of books that have changed the way I view things. I will try and look at suffering and pain through new eyes now. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.

About the Narrator

Maurice England moved to the Chicago area in the fall of 2006, after a twelve year run as a long-haul trucker, to continue the cultivation of his lifelong interest in the expressive arts and oral interpretation. A veteran audiophile, Maurice listened to well over one thousand audiobooks while on the road and fell in love with the genre. From his past experience in broadcasting, community theater, music performance, and ministry he saw narrating as a means to merge his love for books, ideas, learning, and spiritual evolution with his interest in artistic expression. While his narration experience has primarily been nonfiction, personal development, and spiritual-growth titles, Maurice anticipates using his authentically warm and folksy southern style to entertain and inspire through storytelling. Inspired most by the behind-the-scenes artists who engineer, direct, edit, and master the audiobook productions we hear, Maurice has become an absorbed student and participant in the process.