Amazed and Confused: A Book by Heather Zempel

amazedandconfusedMost people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.

When the prophet Habakkuk prayed that God would bring change to the backsliding nation of Israel, this issue came to the forefront. Habakkuk begged God for revival and that He would turn the hearts of faithless people back to Him.

God’s answer to Habakkuk was, “Take a look at the nations and watch what happens! You will be shocked and amazed” (1:5, The Voice). The vision God gave Habakkuk was one of warfare and exile. How do you respond when God answers your prayers in a way that seems out of line with his character and promises?

Amazed and Confused proceeds systematically through the book of Habakkuk, exploring the prophet’s prayer, God’s response, and the prophet’s journey from confusion to worship. This interactive Bible study is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.

The book includes:

  • Helpful guidance on a question without an easy answer
  • Practical tools for studying the Minor Prophets
  • Easy-to-understand, accessible language

Heather Zempel is the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team. She is the author of Sacred Roads: Exploring the Historic Paths of Discipleship and Community is Messy.


  1. Daniel Marsh
    6539 Linville dr
    Brighton, MI 48116-9531 USA

    Dear Heather Zempel, Thank You for being on Bob Dukto’s show on wmuz, it was good to hear. I often pray asking the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-28) to interceed for me because I honestly don’t know how to pray for people who come to mind.

    I am a Christian who tells anyone who will listen about Jesus. I am former US military.
    I can not affoard to purchase books as I am on a limited budget due to having to “retire” early due to health concerns(degenerative bone disease, cancer) and due to senior care giving responsbilites (Mary, Walt, Gladius and Joyce).

    May I have a copy of Amazed and Confused, free of charge, please.

    Thank You

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