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If God Is God...Then Why?: Letters From Oklahoma City [Hardcover]

By Al Truesdale (Author)
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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 1996
Publisher   Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN  0834116316  
EAN  9780834116313  


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On Wednesday, April 19, 1995, Americans gazed into the grotesque face of terror. In a blow to the American heart, at 9:02 a.m. terrorists ignited explosives that dissolved the front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The 5,000-pound bomb exploded directly under the American's Kids daycare center, located on the second floor. The entire north side of the building collapsed. Cables and concrete dangled from the stripped carcass. In this, the most deadly terrorist act in United States history at that time, 169 women, men, and children died. An additional 400 were injured. For weeks, the nation's attention and sympathies were riveted on Oklahoma City. Americans struggled to measure the tragedy and to come to terms with the heightened sense of vulnerability the bombing unleashed. Understandably, people found it nearly impossible to believe that an act of such incomprehensible violence could occur in the United States. From all levels of society, Americans struggled to survive its impact. In a ceremony shortly after the bombing the words of one mourner expressed the thoughts of many. "This shouldn't have happened," the unnamed woman whispered in protest, her hands covering her face. Weeping uncontrollably, she repeated, "This just shouldn't have happened." Whether it is the tragic attack on the World Trade Center or the death of a friend or family member, Christians struggle with an overarching question, "Where is God? How could He allow this to happen?" If God Is God...Then Why? uses the situation of the Oklahoma City bombing to explore head-on the impossible and potentially faith-shattering attempts to gain meaning from senseless and evil acts. 120 pages.

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On Wednesday, April 19, 1995, Americans gazed into the grotesque face of terror. In a blow to the American heart, at 9:02 a.m. terrorists ignited explosives that dissolved the front of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The 5,000-pound bomb exploded directly under the American's Kids daycare center, located on the second floor. The entire north side of the building collapsed. Cables and concrete dangled from the stripped carcass. In this, the most deadly terrorist act in United States history at that time, 169 women, men, and children died. An additional 400 were injured. For weeks, the nation's attention and sympathies were riveted on Oklahoma City. Americans struggled to measure the tragedy and to come to terms with the heightened sense of vulnerability the bombing unleashed. Understandably, people found it nearly impossible to believe that an act of such incomprehensible violence could occur in the United States. From all levels of society, Americans struggled to survive its impact. In a ceremony shortly after the bombing the words of one mourner expressed the thoughts of many. 'This shouldn't have happened, ' the unnamed woman whispered in protest, her hands covering her face. Weeping uncontrollably, she repeated, 'This just shouldn't have happened.' Whether it is the tragic attack on the World Trade Center or the death of a friend or family member, Christians struggle with an overarching question, 'Where is God? How could He allow this to happen?' If God Is God...Then Why? uses the situation of the Oklahoma City bombing to explore head-on the impossible and potentially faith-shattering attempts to gain meaning from senseless and evil acts.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! AL TRUESDALE is emeritus professor of Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has earned degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Emory University. Truesdale has published numerous articles and books, including With Cords of Love. He and his wife, Esther, live in the historic South Caroline low country.

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Sometimes not having a ready-made answer is the best fit!  May 26, 1998
Only if you were on another planet could you have not been aware of the heinous and hideous act of terrorism and cowardice that struck the people of Oklahoma City (and the nation) in April, 1995. In this very real (but fictional account) of the quest for the all-loving and all-powerful God, Kara and Rachael (two friends in OKC), and Kara's uncle in Charleston, SC (a retired Episcopal priest) explore the issues of theodicy, the sovereignty of God, and why evil is in this world. In a historically accurate, and theologically astute manner, Doctor Truesdale (professor of philosophy and ethics at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO) explores these questions that have plagued honest-hearted believers for centuries. "IF God is God, then why?" is such a profound masterpiece of heart-searching spirituality, that I had to read it three times. I will recommend it to anyone. I will certainly recommend it to my seminary professors. And I will re-read it, everytime I want to ask "If God is God, then why?" Truesdale has done a tremendous service to the Body of Christ in this deeply reflective book. Buy one for yourself, buy one for a friend, and search the scriptures, just as the author has encouraged the three main players to do in this magnanimous work. Thank you, Doctor Al Truesdale for pastoring so many of us in this great book!
 

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