The Goodness of God by Randy Alcorn

The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering
Book Description:  Through Pain and Tears…Finding a Way to God’s Heart

 For those times when we’re wounded by broken trust, assaulted by disease, or victimized by evil—or when we’re crushed to see such things happen to people we love—Randy Alcorn offers something solid to hold onto. 
In this specially focused condensation of Alcorn’s If God Is Good…: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil, we’re continually guided into a deeper glimpse of God’s loving ways and higher purposes—the very things we’re often most blinded to whenever we battle pain and anguish.
Alcorn avoids superficial or sentimental responses, and instead presses forward boldly to explore all the troubling doubts and questions that agitate within us when we confront suffering and evil.
The issues are far from simple, the answers far from easy—but Alcorn shows how the way of suffering—a path that Jesus himself followed more than anyone else—can ultimately become a journey into wholeness and even logic-defying joy.
My Review:  I love the subtitle to the book, The Goodness of God---Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering.  If you haven't read Randy Alcorn's books then this is a great time to start and you don't even have to be going through a trial to read and glean from his books.  
In true "Alcorn fashion" Randy gently but effectively teaches through his writings about God's goodness.  I love chapter 7 - God's Control Our Freedom.  How many times do see those two words together?  Control AND Freedom? This chapter allowed me to "see" how letting God control my life brings freedom to me!  Wonderful inspiration!
One of my mom's favorite comebacks to people who say, "Why me?" when something bad happens to them is to respond with, "If we ask 'Why me?' when something unfortunate happens we also have to ask 'Why me?' when we are blessed above measure."  And that is what Randy Alcorn impresses me with in this book The Goodness of God . . . here's a quote from the book on page 65, "If you've lived long enough, if enough time has passed since some of those "worst things" happened to you, you'll certainly find an overlap. . . Because God is both loving and sovereign. Our lists provided persuasive proof that while evil and suffering are not good, God can use them to accomplish immeasurable good. . . We can trust that God has a purpose for whatever he does and whatever he permits."
What a joy and encouragement to read this 5 star book The Goodness of God!  Thanks, Randy Alcorn, for your insightful writings!
This beautiful book makes a great present, too!   I'm definitely giving this book to my husband for Christmas! 
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