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Thursday, July 17, 2014

If God Is Good - Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil by Randy Alcorn

The question if God is good in the midst of suffering is certainly not a new question, but Randy Alcorn's book "If God Is Good," certainly addresses the topic more thoroughly than I have seen previously. It is obvious that much research and thought has gone into the writing of this book. Suffering affects all of us human beings and what is more important is the perspective we bring as individuals to the topic of suffering.

Alcorn addresses the following: How we answer the book's central question will radically affect how we see God and the world around us; Seeking answers to this question should turn us to Jesus in a fresh way; We each bring our own burdens on the journey; The faith that can't be shaken is the faith that has been shaken; and God's Word is central to gaining an eternal perspective. The book is divided into the following sections: 1. Understanding the problem of evil and suffering 2. Understanding evil: It's origin, nature, and consequences 3. Problems for Non-Theists: moral standards, goodness and extreme evil 4. Proposed solutions to the problem of evil and suffering: limiting God's attributes 5. Evil and suffering in the great drama of Christ's redemptive work 6. Divine sovereignty and meaningful human choice accounting for evil and suffering 7. The two eternal solutions to the problem of evil: heaven and hell 8. God's allowance and restraint of evil and suffering 9. Evil and suffering used for God's glory 10. Why does God allow suffering? 11. Living meaningfully in suffering.

I just has a conversation with someone who told me that out of her suffering came great blessings. This is a book that will remain on my bookshelf and I am sure I will refer to it often.

Blogging for books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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