Everyone once in a while I will hear someone foolishly say, “Pastors don’t live in the real world.” Well, I assume they mean we don’t have real jobs & face real struggles of holding down a real job. Simply put: these brothers & sisters have no idea what they are talking about.
If anyone lives in the real world, it is a pastor. Who else faces the pain of suffering on a sometimes daily basis? Who is there when they close the casket for the last time? Who else is there when the divorce papers are served? Who else walks through the realities of living in a fallen world? It is your pastor who sees the various faces of pain & suffering all to often.
For that reason, as a pastor who does live in the real world, I cannot offer enough commendation for Randy Alcorn’s “If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering & Evil.” I rarely say this but this book is a MUST READ for all who want to deal with the honest realities of pain & suffering.
Alcorn’s work is truly spectacular. He writes with a pastor’s heart & a theologians precision. “If God is Good” is ordered in a very user friendly manner. So it can be read straight through or in thematic chunks.
Alcorn doesn’t hide behind any excuses either. He has a reformed view of God’s absolute sovereignty & still rightfully shows the goodness, mercy, grace & love of God. These aren’t at odds as some would have you believe. In fact, they are expressions of God’s love!
“If God is Good” is now my first resource on the problem of suffering in the world. All who earnest want answers can turn here. The Church of the Lord Jesus has been greatly served by this book.
Buy it. Read it. Read it with a friend. Discuss it. Share it with one in need. Why? Because God’s glory is at stake in our response to suffering!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This is also posted on Blogging for Books.