Book Review: The Goodness of God

Some books addressing the problem of evil are more philosophical. Others are more practical and pastoral. In The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering, Randy Alcorn masterfully takes the best philosophical arguments for the goodness of God and presents a pastoral, practical response to the question of evil.

This book gives a sound, Scriptural explanation of the subject while maintaining a heart of mercy. It is not the thorough treatment that Alcorn gives in If God is Good, but it is written with the same clarity of thought and theological reliability.

Chapters deal with such perplexing topics as why evil exists at all and reasons for the suffering of believers. The author addresses misconceptions about a Biblical view of health and wealth. He evaluates the underlying world-views that deny God based on the existence of evil. Most importantly, he focuses on Christ as God’s eternal solution to evil and suffering.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive examination of this subject, If God is Good might be a more suitable choice. This book is a simple, accessible, yet sound resource for pastors, counselors, and those who deal with the grieving and suffering. It is an easy, quick read that will be an encouragement to anyone who is in, going into, or just coming out of a trial.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of review.

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