Have you ever read a book, and thought "this is exactly what I needed right now?" Well I have, and once again I have discovered a jewel of a book that has taught what I needed to know right now.
When I was given the chance to read, Can God Be Trusted: Finding Faith in Troubled Times by Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD, I jumped at the chance. I have always enjoyed books that give you inspiration to come through diffiucult times, but I have never read anything like this book.
Thank you to FaithWords/Hachette Book Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of Can God Be Trusted: Finding Faith in Troubled Times, for the purpose of review.
About the Book (from HBG website):
Father Williams explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers. He then explains what is reasonable to expect from God and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust. Williams is becoming a revered voice in the Christian community for his insightful writings on issues that really matter to Christians. In this new book, Father Williams will help readers understand, not only how to trust God in spite of doubts and confusion, but to truly know God can be trusted.
About The Author:
Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD, is Vatican Analyst for CBS News and a professor of theology and ethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. He has also worked extensively for NBC News and Britain's Sky News, covering church and ethical issues, including the final illness and death of Pope John Paul II, the 2005 papal conclave, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Father Williams also regularly appeared in the MSNBC series The Ethical Edge and is author of several books and dozens of articles, both scholarly and popular.
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One statement that really hit me was this, "God doesn't want us to play it safe. He doesn't ask us to trust only as a last resort, when we have nothing more to lose. He wants us to trust when we have everything to lose. Ask yourself, How much have I really risked on God in my life? How much have I bet? How much have I invested?" (p. 116)
There were two chapters in particular that impacted me (and I will read them over again to really understand it all):
1. Chapter 12 ( What We Should Not Expect From God)
Williams explains "God's Nonpromises" in such a non-threatening, yet profound way that I am still trying to absorb it all. He states from p. 132 - 141 that we can be sure that "God Nonpromises" the following:
a. Perfect Justice On Earth
b. Explanations for God's Actions
c. A Problem Free Exsistence
d. Foreknowledge of Life's Twists & Turns
e. Warm Fuzzy Feelings
2. Chapter 13 (What Can We Expect From God)
a. I Will Always Tell You The Truth (even if its painful)
b. I Have Always Loved You & Will Never Withdraw My Love
c. I Will Give You Everything You Need To Reach Heaven
d. I Will Ask Of You Only What You Can Give
e. I Will Be With You Always
f. I Will Give Meaning To Your Life
g. I Will Be Your Final Reward
Williams concludes his book with one of my favorite scriptures (a big plus!), Psalm 91 which is a great reminder of how wonderful God is and how much He has done for us!
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