FORTHCOMING BOOK: Does God Always Get What God Wants?

An Exploration of God’s Activity in a Suffering World

A manuscript is in the final stages of preparation to be published by Cascade Books and will be in print in  February 2018.

Details of its contents are given below:

Anne, my first wife, died of breast cancer at the age of 49 having battled with the disease for over 6 years. We had been married for 28 years. Her suffering understandably impacted greatly on the lives of our family and friends, and that of our church—raising challenging questions, such as:

Hope is to be discovered in strange places!
Hope is to be discovered in the strangest of places!
  • If “God is in control” does this mean God is to blame for suffering?
  • Why did God not heal Anne?
  • Does prayer make any difference?
  • Is Anne’s death what God wanted to happen?
  • What is God doing about evil?

People’s experience of suffering causes them to examine the kind of God they believe in, the nature of the universe God made, and God’s activity in the world. This book explores all three aspects and responds constructively to the complex issues that the above questions pose, and provides powerful reasons for confidence in the firm Christian hope.




  1. Crisis and Credo
  2. The Trinitarian God
  3. The Crucified God
  4. God’s Good, Untamed Creation
  5. Does God Always Get What God Wants?
  6. What is God doing about Evil?
  7. Glimpses of the Future in the Present
  8. Co-prayer with the Spirit
  9. A Time to Cry, A Time to Wait, A Time to Celebrate

Appendix I: Is Satan Real?


Stained glass window of The Trinity from Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minnesota, created by David Hetland. (Used with permission).

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