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God Can't

How to Believe in God and Love After Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils
Narrated by: Thomas Jay Oord
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Hurting people ask heart-felt questions about God and suffering. The usual answers fail. They don't support the truth God loves everyone all the time. God Can't gives a believable answer to why a good and powerful doesn't prevent evil.

Author Thomas Jay Oord says God’s love is inherently uncontrolling. God loves everyone and everything, so God can't control anyone or anything. This means God cannot prevent evil single-handedly. God can’t stop evildoers, whether human, animal, organism, or inanimate objects and forces.

God Can't was written in understandable language. Thomas Jay Oord's status as a world-renowned theologian brings credibility to the book’s radical ideas. He explains these ideas through true stories, illustrations, and scripture.

God Can't is for those who want answers to tragedy, abuse, and other evils that make sense!

©2019 Thomas Jay Oord (P)2019 Thomas Jay Oord

Critic Reviews

"To find your understanding of life and your love for God renewed, read this book." (Dr. Karen Strand Winslow, Ph.D., Professor of Bible, Azusa Pacific University)

“Victims of trauma sometimes hear theological responses that imply their suffering is somehow “God’s will." Oord gives us a clear and compelling alternative in this profoundly insightful and admirably concrete and accessible book.” (Dr. Anna Case-Winters, Professor of Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary)

“I know of no book that speaks to suffering with the depth of theological sophistication and psychological sensitivity as God Can’t. I recommend it to my students, parishioners, and therapy clients.” (Dr. Brad D. Strawn, Professor of Psychology and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary)

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not what I expected to hear

The amount of music transitions present in this recording illustrate well the overall noncohesive nature of the book. A little bit here, a little bit there, stop...go... Lots of good ideas but would have liked to hear a more scholarly composition with more focus expounded upon solid data. Great direction though Jay 🤙

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Great treatise on the problem of evil

Dr. Oord wrote one of the best treatises on the problem of evil. It is well thought out from relational theology. The idea of "God Can't" resonate with me. It may seem a bit heretical in light of God's omniscience and omnipotence but stays true to the orthodox view of God's love. He does a great job making you think. The questions at the end of the chapters help develop your own views. The book will be great in a small group. Just be ready to have lively discussions!

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A book that changes everything we thought we knew about God

If you are seeking to understand one of the most perplexing theological questions...this book is essential listening. Masterfully written and narrated ...Oord is able to make a compelling case for why God can’t do anything alone to intervene in the evils of the world.

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Embracing the Mystery

Thank you for helping me to see God more lovingly and compassionately. As a pastor of many who have grieved immensely, I have agonized over much of my own faith. This helps. Vince Flippo

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  • R. A. Boland
  • 05-26-19

Definitely every one needs to read this

Awesome book just super sad it had music in it as it interiors my learning and enjoyment!