With so much turmoil in the world today, along with many family members, friends, and acquaintances experiencing traumatic situations, debilitating health issues, and sufferings of all kinds, it seems as though evil is gaining ground. However, I believe in my heart that God is still the One and Only who is in control and that one day evil will be no more. Despite my unwavering faith, I felt I needed to learn more about God’s character and purpose regarding suffering and evil as they are revealed and taught in the Bible.
For these reasons I chose to read a book by Randy Alcorn called, “If God is Good, Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.” I found this book extremely helpful in locating a lot of scripture dealing with this subject. Mr. Alcorn’s views and commentary seem to be right on and insightful. He has broken up his writing by using many subject headings to organize his thoughts and progressively build his case on the reasons for pain and suffering. This writing style makes it very easy to read and to better understand, from a biblical point of view, the answer to why there is suffering and evil.
I appreciate that Mr. Alcorn spent time pointing out that whether a person is a true believer of God’s sovereignty will determine if one has a spiritual view or a world view of suffering and evil.
You may find that this book requires a real interest in reading it because it is a thick one. Although it is easy reading, it is not one that you will want to breeze through as it offers plenty to pause and think about it. It is a great piece of writing that will help you to minister to those who need help in dealing with any kind of suffering. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to others.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
May the Lord bless and keep you,