The Whisper of His Grace

A Fresh Look at Suffering Through the Eyes of Job and Jesus

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David L. McKenna

© 1987 David L. McKenna.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.


Word Books Waco, Texas

The Whisper of His Grace is held by 74 libraries including Seattle Pacific University.

Subject:  Suffering Religious aspects Christianity

231.8 || LC: 87-8335 || BT732.7M29 || OCLC: 15518898 || 170p.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface       9

1.  When We Ask "Why?"       15

2.  How Righteousness Works       21

3.  How Satan Attacks       33

4.  How Suffering Hurts       43

5.  How Friends Fail       55

6.  How Religion Falters       65

7.  How Faith Grows       75

8.  How Love Holds       85

9.  How Memory Heals       101

10.  How Critics Help       114

11.  How God Speaks       132

12.  How Sufferers See       145

13.  How Grace Transforms       155

Notes       169

From the Book's Jacket

About the Author

To my Mother

A woman transformed
by grace through suffering
from a taxi dancer to a

saint of God

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From the Jacket (book cover)

"WHY ME? WHY THIS? WHY NOW?" Because we all suffer, each of us will eventually ask these questions. In The Whisper of His Grace, David McKenna approaches these questions by taking a fresh look at suffering through the eyes of Job. From a deeply personal but broadly biblical perspective, he looks for the answers to the universal but contemporary question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Rather than leaving Job on the ashheap of cynicism or rising by his own courage, McKenna is inspired to see the promise of Jesus and the dimensions of grace in Job's story of suffering.

   Dr. McKenna shows how events which begin in catastrophe can end in celebration, as in the case of Job. He asks not only why the innocent suffer but why, in such a fallen world, there is not even more pain. He finds the answer in the presence of God in our lives, actively restraining evil and comforting us.

   In highly readable style, the author explores:

   The great "Whys" of life are answered in the "Who" of God, Dr. McKenna says. The grace which brings us through suffering is to be extended to others without reservation. As in Job's case, victorious grace seeks no revenge, holds no grudges, and like suffering itself knows no favorites.

   Dr. McKenna's psychological training helps the reader understand the holistic dimensions of suffering how it hurts body, mind, and spirit, as well as interpersonal relationships. His theological sensitivity communicates the conviction that Christ's suffering is the focal point not only of the world's suffering but also of God's grace.

About the Author

Dr. David L. McKenna served as President of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and also as President of Seattle Pacific University and Spring Arbor College, and was a director of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is the author of 26 books including When Our Parents Need Us Most: Loving Care in the Aging Years [1994/2000], Wesleyan Leadership in Troubled Times: Confronting the Culture, Challenging the Church [2002], Never Blink in a Hailstorm and Other Lessons on Leadership [2005], Becoming Nehemiah: Leading with Significance [2005] and The Leader's Legacy [2006].

Dr. McKenna received his B.A. in history from Western Michigan University, the M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, the M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Michigan and the Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan.

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The original title was: The Whisper of His Grace: When We Hurt and Ask "Why?"

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