The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering by Randy Alcorn is a short, easy, yet compelling read. There are certainly much bigger books that deal with the “problem” of evil and suffering in the world. I’ve read several books on similar topics over the years, yet this is one of my favorite books on the topic.
This is such a good book for several reasons. First, Rancy Alcorn approached the issue of pain, suffering, evil, and the goodness of God from a biblical perspective. He talks about why God allows suffering; he discusses purposes behind suffering and he explains why other secular explanations for suffering are unsatisfactory.
Secondly, the book is short. Certainly the subject of evil and suffering have warranted much longer books but the small size of this book makes it an easy book to read.
Third, the book is challenging. As I read the book, I found my view of God being challenged. My mind knows that the health and wealth gospel is not biblical, yet all too often in the midst of trials and difficulties, I still think, “God, how could you do this to me?!” I was deeply challenged to line my thinking and attitudes up with what I know to be the truth of God’s Word.
Verdict: Definitely a book worth reading.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
~ Melinda ~