Christ and Calamity

In Times of Turmoil, Seek the Prince of Peace

“We’re living through a global calamity, but we all live through our own small calamities.”
—Harold L. Senkbeil

Amid suffering and uncertainty, we’re all prone to think that God has forgotten us, he doesn’t care, or he’s powerless to do anything. In Christ and Calamity, Harold L. Senkbeil speaks pastorally to our suffering and uncertainty while showing us God’s constant and faithful grace.

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Calamities come in many different sizes, and God addresses them all in his word and by his Spirit. Even when we don’t see or feel it, God is always faithful. When calamity strikes, you can count on God—not because you feel close to him, but because he remains close to you.


“Senkbeil has given us a timeless book, born out of years of pastoral ministry, ready to speak a word of comfort to every valley we may walk in one day.”

Derek Rishmawy

RUF Campus Minister at UC Irvine, Columnist at Christianity Today

“Hal Senkbeil has stared the problem of suffering in the face and hewn from the pages of the divine Scriptures, the sweetest cross-filled consolations.”

Matthew C. Harrison

president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

“The ‘Great Exchange’—my rags for Christ’s righteousness—is not just a doctrine. Nor is it just an experience in the past. It’s the objective truth. And Harold Senkbeil doesn’t just tell us this truth again, but applies the salve to our anxious hearts. This book is a gem!”

Michael Horton

professor at Westminster Seminary California, author of The Christian Faith

“This is a book to read and to read again whenever we need it, a book to give away to people who are hurting. This book will be a classic.”

Gene Edward Veith

provost emeritus of Patrick Henry College, author of The Spirituality of the Cross

“The Christian tradition has many trustworthy guides for difficult times, and I'm glad to commend Christ and Calamity as another that will serve God's people as we endure this calamity, or that one, or the inevitable ones to come.”

Tim Challies

author, blogger, pastor


Harold L. Senkbeil

Harold L. Senkbeil

Harold L. Senkbeil is executive director of Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care

He is the author of the award-winning book The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart. His pastoral experience of nearly five decades includes parish ministry, the seminary classroom, and parachurch leadership.