That painful chapter in your marriage, that betrayal at work, that chronic illness—all of it was for that end.
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And there will come a time, if you submit to God in faith, when you see that all the painful chapters, all the heartache and tears and disabilities and disadvantages and disappointments were used by God for one purpose: to mold you more into the image of Jesus. There is a physical redemption coming, and our bodies literally groan for it. For a young, healthy, privileged person, this may not sound that fantastic.
But for the elderly, for the sick, for the hurting, this groaning is a daily reality. In Christ, our groaning is a promise that our bodies will one day be redeemed.
He was, after all, a man who suffered greatly himself. You may not see it in this life, but not a single second of your suffering is wasted. Not one thing happens in your life that the goodness of our God will not one day transform into glory. Connect with Pastor J.
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Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Google Books — Loading Local Book Search. Swap 3 want. Popular covers see all 4 covers. Rating Average: 4. 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: God's love. He deals with doctrinal topics without becoming academic. I enjoyed this book. I appreciate how the author did not try to minimize suffering or lead one to believe that some are exempt from it. Great book and well worth the read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my honest review. In his book, The Goodness of God, Randy Alcorn seeks to engage the reader in a discovery of who God is and how to experience His presence in the midst of suffering. Although not an exhaustive apologetic, Alcorn identifies the common misunderstandings of God and suffering and then seeks to address the deepest doubts many people have in this regard.
In the end, Alcorn reveals that it is through our experience of suffering that we are able to experience truest joy. I give this a five out of five. This is a must read for anyone seeking to reconcile the presence of evil in the world and the existence of God and faith in Him.
The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering
What impressed me the most about the author, Randy Alcorn, is his professional ability to take painful experiences and scenarios that all of us at one time have experienced and lead us to a safe place to rest upon like holding onto a buoy while the storm's of life crush all around us. How many times have I personally talked with mothers who lost their children too soon and haven't wanted to respond with a superficial response.
After reading the book, I am encouraged with scriptural references that I can share confidently with others who are hurting or going through a difficult time that God is good and will be with us through the hurt and indeed has a greater purpose, yet to be revealed. In light of the recent tragedy in Arizona with unnecessary shootings, this little book of hope will grant wisdom and insights to the reader seeking answers to some of life's most difficult questions in hurting with pain, tears and suffering. The book goes through the origins of evil and suffering, while also doing such things as looking at how different worldviews few evil and suffering.
It ends with a chapter on what we can do in the midst of suffering.
The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering
This book is full of things that resonate with the world we live in today. One of those things was a chapter dealing with recovering a biblical view of health, wealth and prosperity. With the popularity of pastors preaching a health, wealth and prosperity gospel, this chapter gives a refreshing look at what the bible really has to say about the topic.
An unbiblical view of health and wealth many times ends up leading to an incorrect view of God. I also really enjoyed this book because it is written in a way that anyone can understand.
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Whether a new believer or a mature christian, this book is easily understood and helpful to all. Randy Alcorn has truly done a great job of writing a book that should appeal to both the deep bible student and the casual book reader.
I never imagined that I would be able to come away from a book on evil and suffering with joy, but I did. I would recommend all to read this book to prepare for suffering that will come in their life. Even in the midst of suffering, this book should provide understanding and comfort. I believe we all have! Randy Alcorn's little book The Goodness of God tackles this tough subject. I love this book almost as much as I love its big sister, If God is Good. I am one who like to answer the tough questions of life with God's Word and very quickly in this book you will know Alcorn is going to take you directly to God's Word.
He had my fully attention on the second page, when he wrote: At times, each of us must struggle into our Father's arms, like children, and there receive the comfort we need. God doesn't just offer us advice, he offers us companionship. He doesn't promise we won't face hardship, but he does promise he'll walk with us through the hardship. Life promises us one thing about hardship, we are either in the middle of a hardship or we are just coming out of one, or there is one on the horizon. Making it through the hardships of life is easier if we have the proper perspective on evil and suffering.
I strongly recommend this book to you! Redeemed1 More than 1 year ago In this book best-selling author Randy Alcorn takes a close look at suffering and evil in light of God's Word.
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Pain and suffering will strike us all, and the issues are complex, but by examining the nature of God and His Word we can prepare ourselves to face these difficulties knowing that God is in control and His purposes our higher than ours. I found this book to be incredibly comforting to read. This is not a book filled with trite sayings and feel-good sentiments, but rather is filled with biblical truths the reader can use to prepare himself for tribulation. There are many powerful stories of how God has used difficult circumstances for good, and how those who lived through them grew in grace and their knowledge of God.
These stories are real, and they don't all have what this world would call a happy ending - and I like that. Real life is hard, and this book is a valuable resource for understanding suffering. I also appreciate that it is full of Scripture to encourage and exhort the reader. This is a book I will keep in my library. I'm sure there will be dark days in my life when I will need to cling to the truths presented in it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. He explains why God "allows" these things to happen. When I first started reading the book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but as I read further and further in to it, it actually answered some questions I had and gave me some information to thing about as to why we do suffer and go through the things we do.
God has a purpose for everything we do, for everything we go through We may not know what that reason is and may not know until we meet him in Heaven, but it is all for the Goodness of God! This is also a great book for anyone who is questioning "Why? This is a great book.
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It is very interesting and intriguing. I would highly recommend everyone reading this book!! Randy hits the gate running from chapter one with a great description on natural disasters. I remember when the tsunami hit Indonesia and other "non-Christian" nations, there were Christian leaders saying it was God's judgment on these nations.