Randy Alcorn has long been one of my favorite authors. He is adept at communicating difficult truths in an accessible manner. His book entitled, The Goodness of God, is another book that hits this mark well.
Many people struggle with the question of evil. Why does God allow evil when we believe He can do away with it completely? Questions like this give atheists ammunition for questioning the Christian faith and mocking the God who created them. Randy’s straightforward approach is a breath of fresh air. He doesn’t duck the hard questions or try to get around dealing with the tough issues involved in the question of evil. Evil doesn’t have to be a stumbling block as it is one of the surest indicators that God’s Word is right. God has explained why evil exists and that evil is not the “ideal” way that things are supposed to be forever.
Randy begins by talking about the origin of evil and suffering and proceeds to get people to work through the implications of evil and suffering in the real world. I highly recommend this book for those who are struggling with why life seems less than perfect and for those who may be mad at God for the evil they see in their own life or the lives of those around them. Randy doesn’t pretend to give all the answers, but He does point people to the Source of those answers and brings great perspective to the problem and how we are to respond as Christians to evil in this world.
One final thing, in order to be faithfully transparent, I must also mention that I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.