In a world of hype, we may buy into the idea that, through Jesus, we'll be healthier and wealthier as well as wiser. So what happens when we become ill, or depressed, or bankrupt? Did we do something wrong? Has God abandoned us? As a child, Michael Horton would run up the down escalator, trying to beat it to the top. As Christians, he notes, we sometimes seek God the same way, believing we can climb to him under our own steam. We can't, which is why we are blessed that Jesus descends to us, especially during times of trial. In A Place for Weakness, formerly titled Too Good to Be True, Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. This book offers a series of powerful readings that demonstrate how, through every type of earthly difficulty, our Father keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for our good.
contents part 1: god of the cross 1. when tragedy strikes / 11 2. good news for losers / 22 3. suffering on purpose / 36 4. is your god big enough? / 51 5. is anybody up there? / 66 6. if we just knew why / 86 god let it happen part 2: god of the empty tomb 7. out of the whirlwind / 109 8. a new creation / 130 9. the true nature of spiritual warfare / 153 10. when god goes to a funeral / 172 notes / 187