Where was God when that happened?

Where was God when that happened?

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

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


Contributors Christopher Ash
ISBN 9781910307236
Format Paperback
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 10mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

Mark D Thompson

Principal, Moore Theological College, Sydney

Christopher Ash’s Where was God when that happened? is a book for all of us who are overwhelmed by global and personal tragedy. Ash understands the heart wrenching reality of the question and he understands how the Bible provides an answer that does not gloss over the pain but addresses it at the deepest possible level. He writes for ordinary people crying out for answers but especially for Christians who don’t know what to say when asked. I was helped to rejoice again in 'the utterly good sovereignty of God'. I intend to give a copy to the many people I know who are struggling with these questions in the face of real suffering, pain and terror in the world.

Aimee Byrd

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

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.

Dr Peter J Williams

Warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge

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.

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

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