Why is God So Mad at Me? Dispelling the Lies Many People Believe by Pat Schatzline
How many times can you recall someone making a comment about how God must be mad at them? They may be saying it in jest, sarcastically, mumbled under their breath, seriously…even with dread, or quietly as if to avert God’s attention from them. Or they may be saying it to themselves rather than out loud. That thinking can run as an undercurrent in our lives, where we may not even be aware that we hold such a belief. Not many of us are immune to this line of thinking. Why is that? According to this author, there is a multitude of ways people can have their views of God mangled. The author outlines nine reasons why some believe that God is mad at them.
This book is divided into four parts. Part One discusses the author’s first three observations by which people allow themselves to be convinced that God hates them. To many of us it’s obvious that culture plays a large role in the development of misinformation about God. However, it is the third reason the author spends the bulk of his time developing. He believes the way we perceive our earthly father heavily influences our beliefs about God.
For that reason, all of Part Two is dedicated to ten chapters where each one explores a facet of God’s character in contrast to common misperceptions many harbor about Him. Some of the topics include: The Absentee Father, God allows us to choose (even unwisely), and God does not think the way we do. One third of the book’s volume emphasizes the importance of knowing God’s character.
The author very effectively pinpoints the root to the question, “Why is God So Mad at Me?” The reason why this book dwells on God’s nature and character is to give the reader access to the foundational beliefs that will bring peace of heart and mind in dealing with the important question above. I agree with the author that once we truly know God as He is portrayed in the Bible, the question is answered once and for all. My advice to the readers is to get this book, study it and meditate on its content, study the Bible to discover what God is truly like, and put that understanding into practice.
Part Three continues with six other means by which we form our beliefs about God. Part Four reminds me of the words, “Go thou and do likewise.” Once we have gotten our belief system aligned with God’s Word and our thoughts fixed on the Lord Jesus, it’s time to put it all into motion. The author offers his readers encouragement and advice.
When I was a young mother, I was and still am impressed with Dr. James Dobson’s teachings on the importance of a solid family unit. He emphasizes that when the family unit falls apart, society’s failings are not far behind, especially in regard to the role of fathers. Now decades later, we see how this fallout has manifested in the increasing absence of fathers’ involvement in their families. Dr. Dobson has maintained that if children do not have a responsible male role model early on in their lives, their perception of God becomes skewed. This lack of deep understanding of God’s nature and character in turn affects our society at its very foundations. The author and I seem to share this point of view. That is why I am excited about sharing Pat Shatzline’s book in this review.
One of my favorite chapters is “Terrible Things Have Happened to Me.” Most of us at one time or another can relate to this rationale for thinking God is mad at us. The author holds out several gold nuggets of wisdom for us to take to heart such as, “God wants us to allow what we have been through to move us into a deeper relationship with Him.” And, “Many times it is in the waiting that we realize that God was actually working it all out for us.” For me, these were great reminders to attempt to look at our circumstances from God’s point of view, looking for a deeper purpose in our suffering. What a great thing to meditate upon.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who desires to overcome the mindset that God is mad at us. The fact is…it simply isn’t true. But do you know why? Delve into this book to find out.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this commentary from Charisma House Book Group through their Booketeria reader program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”