©2009 Randy Alcorn; (P)2009 Random House
Disgruntled Carob Consumer
Randy Alcorn has tackled the toughest challenge believers will ever face: How to defend the idea that a good God could and does permit evil to flourish. Believers may read this book for spiritual growth. Unbelievers may read it for intellectual stimulation. I am reading it to help make sense of the viciously painful, chronically disabling illness with which I have unexpectedly been stricken. My illness defies diagnosis and is probably incurable but it has driven me to this book and this book has been tremendously helpful in transforming my contingent faith into a transcendent faith. I am beginning to see that transformation as far more valuable than the restoration of my health. Healing won't help me deal with the next calamity which comes my way. God's Word, elucidated by this book, will and is.
This book has changed my life, a lot of my views were distorted and plain wrong. This book helped me figure out who god is and what he wants. If someone is looking for answers to all the hard questions whether you like them or not. This is it, I will use this book as reference for the rest of my life. Besides the Bible probably the single most interesting and thought provoking book I have ever read or listened to.
That's a toss-up. I'm an audible learner, so this fits my style of learning perfectly. However, the apologetics approach to Grace and Mercy is deep, rich, and sometimes complicated. Reading in print might have been better for some of the more demanding chapters.
Alcorn uses style and tone to make his theology come more alive than many. This isn't boring, but it also isn't mindless, passive storytelling either.
I've listened to most of his work. This is in the middle. His novels are awesome. I've listened to Lord Foulgrins Letters at least four times.
I sometimes abandon my dreams, comfort, or goals, but I will never abandon my faith.
As a follower of God, doing what is right in His eyes, we will suffer for his name sake in a dark world. But God will always make a way out for his people. And we will come out better than when we went in. God said that we would suffer; and He will never leave us. God gave us a Comforter, the Holy Spirit who will guild us throught the storms of life. I stand upon His Promises and I have found peace in the " Midst of Suffering and Evil." By faith and not by sight. God is on the Throne and He watches over us! Forgetting about yesterday and keeping our eyes on Jesus, we will have His Perfect Peace in the "Midst of suffering and evil".
I enjoyed it and was stimulated in my thinking. It was well worth listening to.
If you want to think and are willing to examine things it is excellent.
Good depth of though and research has gone into this excellent work. It give good and not superficial answers and thinking.
Too much depth and information for listening to in one sitting. Just the same it is not a hard listen as it involves the listener challenging and encouraging one's thinking.
This book is really life-changing. Although the beginning half of the book may seem tedious, stick with it because it will all be tied together in the end. Such great answers to God's plan for us in our suffering, grief and sin. It is an essential book that I have recommended to so many friends already. I plan to listen to this many times in the future,especially when I need to "right" my perspective about the will of God and his eternal sovereignty.
If you are truly seeking to understand God's plan beyond the, "It is good for you" and "Because" explanation, then don't read this book. It starts out with trying to give examples through the Bible of suffering and possible explanations of why, then just says the same thing over and over. As a reader, the author tries to inflect his passion of the subject into the matter, but comes off as paternalistic. It is almost the argument that because he sees the answer so perfectly, it must be obvious to everyone else as well; and if you truly have faith, understanding that your answer to the question of "why am I (or ____) going through this?" may not be received until your death, you should be satisfied. I wasn't.
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