Why would God create a world where people suffer so much? But how remarkable that no one will ever suffer as much as He did! “Evil and suffering formed the crucible in which God demonstrated his love to humankind,” explains Randy Alcorn in his book 90 Days of God’s Goodness. God understands our pain and suffering, and none of it takes Him by surprise or by accident.
This devotional-style book tackles the issue of how God can be considered good when he allows pain and suffering to exist in our lives. Each of the 90 days begins with a passage from the Bible – not just a verse or two, but enough of the passage to get a clue of the context. The author follows up with application of the passage through illustrations drawn from people who have experienced God’s goodness in deep suffering. The end of each day includes a brief prayer that ties together the theme by expressing gratitude and dependence on God.
While this book is not a systematic theology on the providence of God or a treatise on the meaning of evil and suffering, it offers comfort and encouragement for those wandering through the dark valley of pain. At the beginning of the book, I felt like it was most applicable for those who have suffered loss through the death of a child. However, the further I got into this book, the more I found it can apply to all types of painful situations – chronic pain, depression, job loss, unfair lawsuits, diagnosis of a terminal illness. I highly recommend this book to anyone going through the dark valley of the shadow of death who is searching to find meaning in suffering and draw closer to God. Through the truths in this book, God will minister to your heart and bring healing and hope.
Take a look at the first chapter to see if this is the book for you!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.