A pastor who has suffered his own tragedies explores what he calls God’s freedoms to humanity in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. He refutes theology that pins blame on God for pain and disasters.
Calamity strikes just about everyone, but how people react to disastrous events speaks volumes about their faith. In a new book centered on the biblical book of Job to bolster his beliefs, J. Fred Hughes presents answers to calamity that don’t simply blame God for the pain and agony that result from disaster. Instead, he offers Scripture to explain God’s love for humanity, which meshes with His long-range planning for each person. As Hughes writes, the book’s overarching truths “bind together a God big enough to run the universe and close enough to walk with us through the dark valley of the shadows.”
“Calamity’s Answers as Seen through Eternity’s Keyhole” saw its beginnings in the sudden death of a young girl well-versed in the Bible who served as a substitute speaker at one of Hughes’ churches. The devastating grief that followed – and the author’s disagreement with Harold Kushner’s conclusions in his book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” – led Hughes to research more fully the revelations of the cross, God’s ultimate expression of love. He also turned to the book of Job, a long-suffering, faithful man, which presents information about the conflict between God and Satan, the importance of having faith and integrity during hard times, and the nature of God’s character and how it differs from “pop” theology.
Hughes points out that God offers all created beings freedom of choice, whether honoring God or rebelling, and has allowed the battle between good and evil to develop within limits of time, with evil getting worse and goodness becoming closer to the Christ-like ideal. When crisis strikes, those with little or no faith easily turn to God when pointing the finger of blame. Hughes’ provocative book ultimately presents new ways of thinking about God and faith to ease the ache of calamity.
Author J. Fred Hughes earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for a manufacturing plant producing 105mm shells for the Navy’s four-inch guns. After studying for a year with a pastor, Hughes quit his engineering job and studied first at a missionary college in Takoma Park, Md. He also was accepted to study theology at Potomac University in Washington, D.C. He went on to pastor at various churches. Krista Eddy created the line drawings that illustrate the book.
Calamity’s Answers as Seen through Eternity’s Keyhole
J. Fred Hughes
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1194-3 146 pages $14.95 US
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