Where was God when that happened?

And other questions about God’s goodness, power and the way he works in the world

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An engaging and accessible guide to the Bible's teaching on God's sovereignty

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This is a warm, pastorally hearted guide to the Bible's teaching on God's sovereignty.

When a disaster happens; when personal tragedy strikes; when we are perplexed by world events, Christians can begin to doubt that God is either truly good, or truly in control.

Christopher Ash faces these questions head on, without flinching at any of the difficulties. First he looks at six different ways people have answered this question — both as Christians and from other religions and none. He then reveals the Bible's answer: the revelation of God's character and purposes throughout history.

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  • Introduction: Is God Really in Control?
  • 1. God over all
  • 2. God unseen
  • 3. God over evil
  • 4. God the Father
  • 5. God who wins
  • 6. God who waits
  • 7. God only wise
  • Conclusion: Facing the future with God in control


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Author Christopher Ash
ISBN 9781910307236
Format Paperback
First published 2017
Dimensions 4.3" x 7" x 0.4"
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

Christopher Ash's book on God's sovereignty is exactly what readers of his books would expect: clear, succinct, and written with a charming simplicity that yet rests upon profound theology.  Using examples from everyday pastoral ministry, he provides biblical answers to the kind of questions which all believers ask and also offers firm responses to the various common errors and mistakes which people make concerning such matters as God's providence, evil, and suffering.  This is a great book to have on your church book table, to give away, and, of course, to read for yourself.

Carl R Trueman

Pastor, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, and Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, PA.

Christopher Ash tackles with great clarity and sensitivity the toughest questions about suffering. Against views which try to derive comfort by denying God's existence or sovereignty, he shows that the only true comfort is in a thoroughly scriptural vision of who God is. This is a book which warms the heart and feeds the mind.

Dr Peter J Williams

Warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge

If there is a God, how could he let (fill in the blank) happen? Whether we trust him or not, all people wonder how God runs the world. Once again, Christopher Ash writes with understanding while teaching us that there is a God, he is in control, intensely involved in every detail, and he is good.

Aimee Byrd

author of Housewife Theologian and Theological Fitness, cohost of The Mortification of Spin.

Independent reviews

Deep yet accessible

Marcus Nodder, Evangelicals Now, April 1st 2017

Although weighing in at less than 100 pages, this is not a superficial book. It is theologically deep and precise, biblically rooted, and carefully nuanced, but manages to do all this in an accessible way. Any church member would benefit from it.... continue reading

"Immensely useful"

Matt Porter, Bethinking, May 15th 2017

I’m amazed by how well it deals with different aspects of the vast topic in under 100 pages. Ash doesn’t skirt around the difficult and tricky pastoral issues. He engages evenly with each aspect, never seeming rushed but allowing the reader space to think as well.... continue reading

"This is a little book that packs a big punch."

Jon Gemmell, The Proclamation Trust, July 15th 2017

The Bible teaching in this book is helpful and profound, Christopher’s pastoral insights are tremendous and winsome. For those struggling to comprehend their turmoil and stand firm under it this book is a strengthening hand and a warm theological hug.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“Reassuring book”

Bought this book for my book group and found it to be most helpful addressing the question of suffering. It's short yet thorough and I've already passed it on to a friend. Having experienced the sudden death of my husband, I was comforted by reading this book reminding me Christ walks with us through our pain.


“Get it. Read it. Tell it.”

This is a very good book and keeps to the subject matter throughout. A no nonsense book which covers the topic well yet very easy to read. Non academic or any preconceived ideas. Recommend it.


“Great Little Book”

This is possibly the clearest and most helpful book on suffering I've read. It doesn't shy away from the tough question of God's ultimate control over everything. Plus it's short- great for passing on and also for re-reading. I will definitely be buying this in bulk!


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