A minister once confided that bitterness destroys more Christians than adultery, drug abuse, or any other issue. More often than not, this bitterness is ultimately directed toward God. Whether this bitterness began when a marriage imploded, a career never materialized, or an illness was never cured, Christians today wrestle with why God will not deliver them from their disappointments.
What are the root causes of being disappointed? How can you be delivered from your disappointment? Dealing with Disappointment is a compilation of two books: When God Disappoints and Character Studies in the Bible. Part 1 is a study from the Book of Jonah that analyzes this issue an offers hope for those who are in the midst of disappointment. It discusses five key lessons regarding disappointment and gives personal, practical, and biblical advice on this topic. A short Bible study follows each of the five lessons. Part 2 examines the lives of eighteen men and women who dealt with disappointments and struggles in their lives and gives practical insights and applications based on their struggles.
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Reviews about When God Disappoints:
“Rare is the book that speaks in a way that both leaves the reader thinking, “this guy has read my mail” and is rooted and grounded in sound biblical exegesis. When God Disappoints is one of those rare works. It is the cold refreshing drink for which so many parched disappointed hearts ache. I highly recommend it!”
Dr. Tom Barnes
Evangelical Free Church of America
Author of Living In The Hope Of Future Glory; Atonement Matters, and Every Word Counts
"Disappointment is a painful experience common to all. A young child becomes ill and misses a friend’s birthday party. A teenager fails to make the varsity football team. A friend shares confidential information with another. A spouse betrays his vows and is unfaithful. Prayers seem to go unanswered. Ken Hathcoat’s book When God Disappoints puts a laser focus on the pain experienced by believers when God fails to meet their expectations. He examines why this happens, what may be the consequences of disappointment and explores how believers can work through this experience and find renewed peace and confidence in their relationship with God."
As a professional Christian counselor, I frequently encounter individuals who are angry with God. Feelings of disappointment are often one of the main roots of their pain. When working with them in therapy I have recommended Ken’s book as a resource for them to look at their issues from a Biblical perspective. I have found it to be especially helpful for clients who have been Christians for a long time and are struggling with the conflict between their feelings of disappointment with God and their theology of God’s perfection. Gaining an understanding of the core reasons for their pain and frustration and seeing with a fresh perspective how God works in difficult situations can be very useful in the course of their treatment."
Joyce Williams, MS, LPC
Head Counselor, Light of the Rockies Christian Counseling Center
"Disappointment in the Divine is a very common feeling and a difficult topic to expound on, yet Ken brings a deeply practical and very insightful perspective. This book is easy to read and helpful for those of us who have been through trials and deep suffering and wonder where God is in all of it. I will recommend this book to my friends as A MUST READ!"
Lay Counselor for GriefShare
“When God Disappoints is a biblically sound and extremely relevant portrayal of the life of Jonah. We all can relate to Jonah, who had his own view as to what God should do, but disappointed him in the delivery. Ken reminds us that our Father really does know best, and there is a way to find true joy in the midst of difficult days.”
Senior Pastor, Southern Baptist Convention
Reviews about When God Disappoints: Character Studies:
“This is the best book on God’s purposes in those different types of “various trials” we were told about. Its simplicity and straightforward writing make it easy for me to grab hold of its significant truths.
The 'study' in the book is already finished. It’s a series of short chapters on characters you have probably known from childhood. Ken Hathcoat brings their lessons into adulthood.”
Former Navigator Staff
I highly recommend reading Ken Hathcoat's book, When God Disappoints: Character Studies in the Bible. I decided to read this book after having enjoyed Ken's wonderful book on Jonah. Character Studies is a very insightful book that highlights several biblical characters, their stories of suffering, and the practical lessons that we can take away from each to assist us in our own challenging life journey. I found this book to be so helpful I am now rereading it with my son.
Lay Counselor for GriefShare