If God is Good… by Randy Alcorn is an in-depth and thorough study of the relationship between God’s goodness and evil and suffering in the world. Through historical and cultural research, Biblical exposition, and personal interviews with many people who have suffered, Alcorn seeks to answer the question, “If God is good then why is there evil and suffering?” In doing so, Alcorn’s purpose is to strengthen the reader’s faith and turn him or her to God in the midst of the suffering. In 500 pages, the author traces the reasons for evil and suffering, the problems of understanding evil and the goodness of God, solutions to the problems, refutations of insufficient answers, and ultimately points us to the only true and lasting answer: God, His sovereignty, Christ’s redemptive work, and the ways He uses evil and suffering towards His glory. He provides direction for living meaningfully in suffering, and closes with his plea for the reader for next steps to take. The book is long but well-written and informal in style; chapters are divided in smaller chunks but full of good counsel and ideas to further ponder and pray about. This book is well recommended for anyone struggling with suffering and looking for answers.
A copy of this book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers at no charge for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review.