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A beloved husband dies of cancer. A child is kidnapped. A family is shattered by a fatal car accident. We pray for peace and protection in a world that seems to be falling apart. Often we experience or hear about spectacular answers to prayer. But where is God when the cry of our hearts seems to be answered with silence?

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer explores the mysteries and paradoxes of unanswered prayer. Forged in the fires of his personal quest following his own crushing experience of unanswered prayer, Jerry Sittser offers hard-won spiritual insights that affirm the greatness of God's love and concern for us, even when we do not fully understand why our prayers seem to go unanswered.

©2004 Gerald L. Sittser (P)2004 The Zondervan Corporation

Critic Reviews

"Any Christian who has ever questioned the validity of prayer will find this to be a luminous book, full of vulnerable and venerable wisdom." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Michael
  • Cross Lanes, WV, USA
  • 04-12-04

Best Book On Prayer I've Ever Read

Although the topic is unanswered prayer, in the process of dealing with this issue Jerry Sittser ends up writing one of the best books on prayer in general I've ever read (and I've read quite a few!). Highly recommended!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Smiley1
  • Grass Valley, CA USA
  • 01-07-05

Excellent

I felt like I was sitting with a friend and discussing a very worthwile and important issue. The author draws not only from his spiritual journey, but brings in thoughts and insights from a large host of others that have experienced similar situations, and then backs it up with a solid biblical foundation. It can also be used a guided study as there are discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • SaipanNorthern Mariana Islands
  • 03-29-06

Practical and realistic

Contrasting this book with prosperity gospel messages, Sittser is more realistic and in line with scripture when it comes to what we can expect out of prayer. He offers insights of how American consumerism has seeped into our understanding of who God is and His role in our prayer lives. Our Ginnie-in-the-bottle attitudes toward the spiritual life must be corrected if we are to ever understand the true heart of God and grow in our relationship with Him through prayer. He reminds us of a forgotten foundation of Christian theology, which focuses our hope in the eternal, not the prosperity of this world.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Solid theology

I believe that this book, even though it does not quote a great deal of scripture, is based on solid theology. It will not give you the answers that you will sometimes seek. It will give you soon understanding of why you cannot always expect answers even from a God who cares.

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brought so much healing to my broken heart!!

my sister had a still birth....after days of fervent unanswered prayers.....this book answered or rather - stilled - my raging questions. My heart is still now....thank you!!

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  • Gregory
  • Naperville, IL, United States
  • 03-04-13

All Prayers shouldn't be answered

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer(s) gives the reader the direction that should be explained in the earlier stages of life where some are taught to pray for what you want. Most of the time the energy that goes into those prayers are self serving. This book explains the depth of when and how prayers are answered and not answered because the prayer is not worthy.

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  • James
  • dublin, CA, USA
  • 04-16-06

sad sad waste

Proof that tragidy doesnt always make you wiser.Answers nothing....Important subject, poor treatment of a timeless difficult question..will leave you worse off than before you read book!!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful