My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Every one of us will experience suffering. Many of us are experiencing it now. As we have seen in recent years, evil is real in our world, present and close to each one of us.
In such difficult times, suffering and evil beg questions about God–Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? And then, how can there be a God if suffering and evil exist?
These are ancient questions, but also modern ones as well. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even former believers like Bart Ehrman answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God.
In this captivating new book, best-selling author Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise.”
If God is Good, then… that is the question that has perplexed so many of us for centuries. It is the one question that has caused so many to turn away from any belief system. It is the most asked and most difficult question to answer. Yet we keep asking it, looking for that answer… hoping to find the answer, to find assurance that what we know in our hearts is what is real and true – that God is Good.
If God is Good – Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil by Randy Alcorn sets forth to answer that question. With stories and personal accounts, the author takes us through understanding the problem of evil and it’s origins, nature and consequences to dealing with extreme evil to Heaven and hell to God’s allowance and restraining of evil and suffering. He then takes us through evil and suffering being used for God’s Glory and how to live meaningfully in suffering.
This is a huge book. Not just in the amount of information and insight the author provides, but also in size – 500+pages. It is not a weekend read. It is a book that, in my opinion, will require another read and some study time.
Note: Sensitive readers need to be aware that as part of answering the tough questions, there are graphic retelling of stories of human suffering, mass mutilations and death of both adults and children. This is not done in a gratuitous manner. I found it disturbing and had to skip pages here and there.
For more information about Randy Alcorn go to: http://www.epm.org/
Click here for a sneak peek at Chapter One of If God is Good: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-con…
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