About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews Brad Hambrick about his book, Angry with God: An Honest Journey through Suffering and Betrayal. Some of the questions addressed in this interview are:
• How is “angry grief” different than selfish anger?
• Why might anger be a commonly misunderstood or overlooked part of the Christian’s grieving process?
• What does it mean to be angry with God instead of at him?
• How can it be helpful to approach our angry grief as “a life-shaping (but not necessarily life-defining) experience and a difficult journey”?
• How does Psalm 44 apply to the pain and confusion of angry grief?
• Why is it important to distinguish between what feels real and what is true when processing angry grief?
• What does it look like to accept and embrace a “partial understanding” in angry grief?
• Why is it important to not only process our anger with God, but also with the help of a trusted friend?
About the Guest
Brad Hambrick, ThM, EdD, serves as the Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and has authored several books including God’s Attributes: Rest for Life Struggles, Making Sense of Forgiveness, and served as general editor for the Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused curriculum.
No one gets mad at God for something small. When we’re angry with God, it is because we’ve faced something immensely hard. Anger is an often-overlooked part of grieving, and as such, is an appropriate response to profoundly painful events. While we are often prone to interpret our anger about intense suffering as being at God, this book is an invitation to process these intense emotions with God as a source of comfort, who is sturdy enough to support these turbulent emotions.
Angry with God patiently walks you through the process of being honest with God (and others) about your pain. You will learn how to articulate your pain, alleviate the effects of this pain, contextualize your experience in light of the gospel, and begin to hope again.
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