"Why?" When tragedy strikes, such as the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, it's the question most of us ask – whether out loud or just to ourselves; whether as a despairing cry to God or as an instinctive reaction (faith notwithstanding).
It's also the title of the new book by The Rev. Adam Hamilton, who will be guest speaker at this year's California-Nevada Annual Conference Session – and the book's message becomes even more relevant for those seeking explanation in the wake of the Japan disaster.
As a pastor with a pastor's heart, Hamilton has wrestled with the "Why?" questions with his congregation and with hundreds of individuals over the last 20 years. His responses to these questions are a serious attempt to make sense of God in the face of tragedy.
In Why? Making Sense of God's Will, the best-selling author brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, Hamilton addresses how we can comprehend God's plan for the world and ourselves, even in the face of personal tragedy and natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Why? Making Sense of God's Will is scheduled for April release by Abingdon Press. It is available to pre-order now through Cokesbury and other retail outlets.
Hamilton (below) also has posted an article, Japan's Earthquake and the Will of God, to The Huffington Post. The article has piqued quite a bit of interest, receiving more than 375 comments in less than 24 hours. You are encouraged to add to the dialogue with positive input in the comments section of the posting.
Adam Hamilton is pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a congregation of 16,000 members – listed as the most influential mainline church in America in a 2005 survey. Hamilton has been featured and interviewed on CNN's "The Lou Dobbs Show" and in such publications as Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Church Executive. He was recipient of the 2010 Perkins Distinguished Alumnus Award. Other books by Hamilton include: 24 Hours that Changed the World (Dec. 2009), Enough (Feb. 2009), Seeing Gray (April 2008), and When Christians Get it Wrong (Aug. 2010), along with six others. To find out more, visit www.AdamHamilton.AbingdonPress.com.