1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $30.79

Buy for $30.79

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Over One Million Copies Sold!

An inspirational classic for more than 30 years, Where Is God When It Hurts? honestly explores pain - whether physical, emotional, or spiritual - and sheds new light on God's presence in our suffering. Includes a discussion guide.

"How can a loving God allow this to happen? Either God is all-loving or all-powerful, but he can't be both."

You've heard that question, and perhaps even asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain. When a loved one dies, we receive a terminal diagnosis, or natural disasters strike, people often wonder whether God is the cause of suffering and why he doesn't immediately take away the pain or fix the situation. As a result, we become angry at the once-beloved God who betrayed us.

In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Philip Yancey uses examples from the Bible and from his own experiences to show us how we can learn to accept - without blame, anger, or fear - that which we don't understand. He answers questions such as:

  • Why is there such a thing as pain?
  • Is pain a message from God?
  • How should we respond to suffering?
  • How can we cope with pain?
  • Does faith help?

Yancey speaks to everyone for whom life sometimes doesn't make sense. With compassion and clarity, Yancey brings us one step closer to finding an answer when our pain, or the pain of those we love, is real and we are left wondering, where is God when it hurts?

©2008 Allison Bottke (P)2011 Zondervan

What listeners say about Where Is God When It Hurts?

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    106
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    87
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    88
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not what I expected

Yancy is a gifted wtiter, but the theme of this book isn't what I expected it to be. I hoped it would provide a bit of solice for women who had lost their children to death, but it is more for people who have physical pains and challenges.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Why Pain and Suffering are Necessary

Where does Where Is God When It Hurts? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very thorough book on the theology of pain. Godly people have reasons why a good person is suffering, but are not accurate in their views of God.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Hit the nail right on the head!

This book is me. Just so impressed me yes my life
I was reading. Fantastic read♥️

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

New Perspective

Great way to consider answers to pain and death. I will share with others and have greatly benefitted. Well done Phillip Yancey.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Must Read

As a True Life Christian whose gone through his share of suffering (the greatest of which I was just a couple of weeks past my 18th birthday when I suffered a traumatic brain injury & 1 month coma), this book comes highly recommended by me! It is not that we go looking for the path that we think could bring us the most pain, but gives you the hope to deal with it with Jesus at the center of your life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An ultimate realization of the need for pain.

An ultimate realization of the need for pain. How God's grace is shown even through pain.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • MC
  • 10-07-16

A must read for those who are grieving...

Phillip Yancey provides an honest, truthful and heartfelt examination on suffering and a sobering reminder of where God is in all of this dreaded yet inevitable human experience that is suffering.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

He is with you!!

What made the experience of listening to Where Is God When It Hurts? the most enjoyable?

It was a personal journey

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Is God When It Hurts??

The comfort of His presence

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Exactly the title of the book

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Perspective is everything

What did you like best about Where Is God When It Hurts?? What did you like least?

The in depth study of those is pain seemed to drag on and on... this was both the best and worst part of this book. The necessity to understand the pain demands spending time with the characters in pain. At times it was challenging to focus.

Was Where Is God When It Hurts? worth the listening time?

Absolutely

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very thought provoking Book. Good Reader....

Very interesting book. I truly enjoyed the part about the positives of the pain system and why God created it.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. F J. Munro
  • Mrs. F J. Munro
  • 04-13-13

Inspirational encouragement

This book is a wonderful encouragement to Christians who are in the midst of painful circumstances, wondering where God is and whether He has abandoned them. Phillip Yancey gives a number of perspectives on pain and suffering which cast a helpful light on how suffering can be purposeful and have eternal meaning. He resists trite explanations which end up adding salt to the wound and trivialising or invalidating the pain, but caringly and sensitively draws our attention to God's faithful and sovereign involvement in the midst of their pain. To be thoroughly recommended whether or not you are in pain.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jide
  • Jide
  • 01-06-13

Fabulous

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I would highly recommend this book, for Christians and non Christians yet.

2 people found this helpful