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I received the invitation from Family Christian “Blogger Team” to read and review the book called “If God is Good” by Randy Alcorn. It has the subtitle of “Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil”. Wow, that really sounds like it pertains to the world today, doesn’t it? The stories we are seeing on the news, the things we are experiencing in our own neighborhoods…there are many of us suffering for Christ.
This book had some great insight as to why there is suffering in today’s world and how we need to be sure to not hold God responsible for it. There were parts in it that I myself have asked questions about, and I can imagine a new believer coming to the Lord and going through some of the same instances early in their walk with God, would have a lot more questions on the subjects. Randy Alcorn does a great job in giving reasons, advice and biblical teaching to use as you go through the trial and know that God loves you and is there for you during each and every one. Like it says in Romans 5:3…”Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;”. We will all go through certain negative things in our lives, but as a result, it makes us stronger in our walk with the Lord, and able to help our brothers & sisters in Christ later on, when they go through their trials.
Being a Community Shepherd for Global Media Outreach, I hear a lot of people in other countries and here in the United States talk about suffering and going through evil, etc. They always ask why God would allow it to happen to them. I went over to the Got Questions? website, that I use often for research and bible study for my ministry and found this answer: “The Bible talks a lot about suffering for the sake of Christ. In the era in which the New Testament was written, followers of Jesus were often ostracized by their own families and communities. Some of the worst persecution came from the religious leaders (Acts 4:1–3). Jesus told His followers, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). He reminded His disciples, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18).”
Just recognize that you need to stay strong, hold close to God’s love and remember what He said in John 16:33…”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
About the Book
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.
Alcorn offers insights from his conversations with men and women whose lives have been torn apart by suffering, and yet whose faith in God burns brighter than ever. He reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world–now and forever. And he equips you to share your faith more clearly and genuinely in this world of pain and fear.
As he did in his best-selling book, Heaven, Randy Alcorn delves deep into a profound subject, and through compelling stories, provocative questions and answers, and keen biblical understanding, he brings assurance and hope to all.
Page Count: 528
Dimensions: 9.25”(L) X 6.50”(W) X 1.75”(D)
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About the Author
Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and a best-selling author. His novels include Deadline, Dominion, Deception, Edge of Eternity, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and the Gold Medallion winner,Safely Home. He has written twenty-six nonfiction books as well, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, The Purity Principle, and The Grace and Truth Paradox. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon and have two married daughters and five grandsons.
About the Publisher
The WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group (WaterBrook Press) is committed to creating products that both intensify and satisfy the elemental thirst for a deeper relationship with God. The WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is committed to creating products that both intensify and satisfy the elemental thirst for a deeper relationship with God. By communicating spiritual truth through books and ancillary products of the highest quality and creativity, we hope to provide a deep well of spiritual refreshment that will give readers a taste of the Living Water..
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