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If God Is Good Every One Of Us Will Experience Suffering Many Of Us Are Experiencing It Now As We Have Seen In Recent Years, Evil Is Real In Our World, Present And Close To Each One Of Us In Such Difficult Times, Suffering And Evil Beg Questions About God Why Would An All Good And All Powerful God Create A World Full Of Evil And Suffering And Then, How Can There Be A God If Suffering And Evil Exist These Are Ancient Questions, But Also Modern Ones As Well Atheists Such As Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, And Even Former Believers Like Bart Ehrman Answer The Question Simply The Existence Of Suffering And Evil Proves There Is No God In This Captivating New Book, Best Selling Author Randy Alcorn Challenges The Logic Of Disbelief, And Brings A Fresh, Realistic, And Thoroughly Biblical Insight To The Issues These Important Questions Raise Alcorn Offers Insights From His Conversations With Men And Women Whose Lives Have Been Torn Apart By Suffering, And Yet Whose Faith In God Burns Brighter Than Ever He Reveals The Big Picture Of Who God Is And What God Is Doing In The World Now And Forever And He Equips You To Share Your Faith Clearly And Genuinely In This World Of Pain And Fear As He Did In His Best Selling Book, Heaven, Randy Alcorn Delves Deep Into A Profound Subject, And Through Compelling Stories, Provocative Questions And Answers, And Keen Biblical Understanding, He Brings Assurance And Hope To AllPublishers Weekly


About the Author: Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries EPM , a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world My ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly tim Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries EPM , a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world My ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need meeting ministries that count for eternity, Alcorn says I do that by trying to analyze, teach and apply the implications of Christian truth Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn co pastored for thirteen years Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker Randy has taught on the part time faculties of Western Seminary and Multnomah University, both in Portland, Oregon Randy is a best selling author of 50 books including Heaven, The Treasure Principle and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home He has written numerous articles for magazines such as Discipleship Journal, Moody, Leadership, New Man, and The Christian Reader He produces the quarterly issues oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives, and has been a guest onthan 650 radio and television programs including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, The Bible Answer Man, Revive Our Hearts, Truths that Transform and Faith Under Fire.Alcorn resides in Gresham, Oregon with his wife, Nanci The Alcorns have two married daughters, Karina and Angela.Randy and Nanci are the proud grandparents of five grandsons Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research and reading Taken from the Eternal Perspective Ministries website,



10 thoughts on “If God Is Good

  1. says:

    I have read all of Randy Alcorn s book and must rate this as one of his top ones Since I received it from the publisher, I wanted to read it in a timely fashion and then review it As I started out, I found myself taking notes then I just decided to plunge right into it and tag or highlight sections that I wanted to go back to Each chapter takes you into a different question about the attributes of God and questions most people have but might not admit to have I found certain sections of t I have read all of Randy Alcorn s book and must rate this as one of his top ones Since I received it from the publisher, I wanted to read it in a timely fashion and then review it As I started out, I found myself taking notes then I just decided to plunge right into it and tag or highlight sections that I wanted to go back to Each chapter takes you into a different question about the attributes of God and questions most people have but might not admit to have I found certain sections of the book painful to read because they touched some of my own deep emotions The period of time that we are currently living in is rife with suffering and what many of us recognize as evil I have always believed that we personally go through suffering and bad times so that we may be able to use what we learned and felt to help someone else going through the same sort of thing.For a person seeking a relationship with God, this book offers a very structured question answer type of format It may be a little deep for some however, I would definitely recommend it to anu believer there are many times we need to be reminded of the part we play in suffering and evil in addition to why we need God during these times


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    Randy does a great job of backing up most of his key points with Bible verses He does a very thorough job of covering most issues This book is an encouragement for anyone that is going through a major trial in their life I guess that includes everyone I definitely recommend this book.


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    All the way my Savior leads me What have I to ask beside Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide Heav nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell For I know, whate er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well This song kept coming to mind as I finished Randy Alcorn s If God is Good Our world exists in a strange tension.On one hand, there are voices clamoring all around us saying that God cannot possibly exist and that faith is for fools These peopl All the way my Savior leads me What have I to ask beside Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide Heav nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell For I know, whate er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well This song kept coming to mind as I finished Randy Alcorn s If God is Good Our world exists in a strange tension.On one hand, there are voices clamoring all around us saying that God cannot possibly exist and that faith is for fools These people make their case by pointing to dying children and raped women and the wars that decimate nations And I and probably you too don t know how to answer them In my small voice, I d say But He says He s here, and He promised to draw near to the brokenhearted And there are people in the middle of all those terrible things, who believe He s with them They say they see His hand, they know His love, and they have His hope How can we argue with them You say that I can t account for evil in a world belonging to God I say you can t account for faith in the midst of the hospice, the war zone, the waiting room, the funeral parlor, and the jail cell.Yet it lives there, and people say they live by it, and it must have something real at its heart to survive Randy Alcorn wrote this book because he s convinced that Christianity reveals truth and provides comfort as we deal with the world here and now, and because he s convinced that one day the risen Christ will provide not just explanation but restoration If you read this book, you ll be asked to think about Suffering and Evil and you ll get to think about Courage, Trust, and Redemption There is so much in this book, so many different nuances Holding it feels like holding a textbook, but Randy Alcorn never forgets that he s addressing whole people this isthan mere arguments Each of the eleven sections reads as its own unit, with its own purpose and tone Some sections would comfort in a hard season Some are for reading now, to build the foundation of truth before you need to rest on it One section addresses God s attributes Can we account for evil and death by saying that God has limited goodness, limited love, limited power, or limited knowledge Don t most of our faltering explanations at least hint at these ideas as insane as they sound when we state them baldly These chapters include a discussion of Open Theism and its impacts on the church as it grows in popularity.Another talks about God s sovereignty and human responsibility Here he writes about free will and meaningful choice and hard and soft determinism This section ends with the powerful chapter The God Who Brings Good Out of Bad That chapter is worth reading, again and again Later sections bring it all together, becoming personal and pointing to hope addressing how suffering can birth compassion, conform us to Christ, and build God s joy and kindness into our character And always, always, Heaven is placed before our eyes Not as pie in the sky, but as the fulfillment and resolution for all that we re experiencing here This is a book I expect to return to Thank you to Randy Alcorn for writing this, and to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing me with a Blogging for Books review copy


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    Most people who have ever read, talked, or thought about the existence of God often wonder about the bad of the world Why would God allow droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes the list can go on and on.What about the baby diagnosed with cancer or the young adult killed in a car wreck This is a lot of suffering in the world, and this books tries to address some of the questions that have plagued people for centuries.Randy Alcorn s book is divided into sections, to deal Most people who have ever read, talked, or thought about the existence of God often wonder about the bad of the world Why would God allow droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes the list can go on and on.What about the baby diagnosed with cancer or the young adult killed in a car wreck This is a lot of suffering in the world, and this books tries to address some of the questions that have plagued people for centuries.Randy Alcorn s book is divided into sections, to deal with different issues Because the book is almost 500 pages, I chose to pick a few sections to read that I was most interested in.One of those sections was God s Allowance and Restraint of Evil and Suffering and another wasWhy does God allowing suffering.In the first section I mentioned above, Alcorn points out that we have no idea the amount of evil God may protect his children from Every day we hear about atrocities, but what percentage is that of the possible evil of the world He points out guardian angels or events in which a miraculous escape occurs How many times have you had a close encounter and realized the tragedy that could have happened The truth is that humans are always going to wantand blame whoever they can when something happens Alcorn reminds us that we are all selffish, it s an innate part of what it means to be human and therefore, not really preventable.Also, people all over the world have different stories What might be suffering to you might seem like a dream come true for someone on the other side of the world.The second section reminded me of something I truly believe God uses suffering to draw us closer to him When I think back to a time in my own life where I was struggling with the day to day junk, I found myself relying on GodandIt was one of the few times in my life that I can truly say I walked daily with God and leaned on him Reading my Bible and praying daily were the only hope I had of making it through a really tough time.I m not ashamed to admit that I don t always fall back on God when times are hard It s very easy for my anxious personality to freak out rather than just letting God handle my problems.Alcorn reminds us that suffering builds character Show me a man who has lost everything but still firmly believes in God and I will want to be that man s friend and pick his brain Just as much as admire those who serve in the military and their spouses families, I admire the men and women who lose a family member in a tragic way, but still lean on God.It s too easy to turn our backs on him when tragedy strikes, but I think that by reading this book, people might gain a better understanding of why suffering does exist and God s role.I received a free copy of this book for review purposes only My opinions are my own


  5. says:

    Alcorn, Randy If God is Good Faith in the Midst of Suffering and EvilThis is a book that should be read before you experience great suffering in your life if you have the opportunity This is a read that will prepare you to suffer when inevitably you face some trials that all of us do Randy Alcorn has provided a helpful book that will speak to a wide audience In one sense it speaks to all because almost everyone will experience some leveling of suffering and this book deals with that issue, Alcorn, Randy If God is Good Faith in the Midst of Suffering and EvilThis is a book that should be read before you experience great suffering in your life if you have the opportunity This is a read that will prepare you to suffer when inevitably you face some trials that all of us do Randy Alcorn has provided a helpful book that will speak to a wide audience In one sense it speaks to all because almost everyone will experience some leveling of suffering and this book deals with that issue, but those who will be most interested are Christians and those who are doubting there is a God because of evil and suffering in the world A great help in the book is that Alcorn does the service of both answering the skeptic and growing the Christian comforting or preparing him for suffering.The book has some very difficult concepts in it but is written in a way that any motivated reader can understand The book has many stories of the authors own life and many others who have suffered, these stories mixed in with biblical teaching really allow one to keep a steady pace in reading this nearly 500 page book At many times the stories may bring you to tears Although I haven t ready any Randy Alcon novels you can tell he is a talented writer in that style as well While the stories make for a good read the real help of the book is in my opinion the strong emphasis on understanding suffering and evil through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the sovereignty of God Although you may not agree with every nuance of Alcorn s view of sovereignty of God and free will, his approach is balanced and helpful for understanding the issue of suffering Knowing that God is in control even over our suffering is key to coming to grips with it.One difficulty with the book may be its length for some Although this is hard to change considering the subject being covered Also I m sure as I did some will have some minor differences of views with some of his thought especially in regard to God s sovereignty and man s free will Overall this is a very helpful resource that many would benefit from, but don t wait until you suffer to read this prepare yourself for what will happen in your life whatever it may be.Publisher WaterBrook MultnomahYear 2010Pages 512Boards HardbackBinding Smyth SewnDust Cover YesScripture Index YesTopical Index YesBibliography No


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    Of all of the books that I ve read related to Christian living, If God Is Good ranks near the top of the list.Randly Alcorn not only tells us how to live in the midst of grief, heartache, hardship, disappointment, and disillusionment, but he does so with a very Biblical approach He also does so with amazing wisdom and compassion.For the person who struggles with death, pain, suffering, and other forms of evil, Alcorn compassionately addresses these issues from a biblical perspective and comes u Of all of the books that I ve read related to Christian living, If God Is Good ranks near the top of the list.Randly Alcorn not only tells us how to live in the midst of grief, heartache, hardship, disappointment, and disillusionment, but he does so with a very Biblical approach He also does so with amazing wisdom and compassion.For the person who struggles with death, pain, suffering, and other forms of evil, Alcorn compassionately addresses these issues from a biblical perspective and comes up with the right answers He does the same for those who wish to comfort their troubled loved ones.The strength of the book is not only its biblical approach, but its balanced approach Alcorn blends compassion with wisdom, biblical truth with the insight of experience, and takes difficult philosophical issues and presents them in an understandable form.Through the years I ve read many different apologetic texts as well as texts that address the problem of evil Counseling texts, I have read, too This book combines the best of each of these forms and gives to us an amazing theodicy, but also a great discussion of evil and how to deal with it.This book has something for practically every person who struggles with the problem of evil Does one wish to read a theological discussion It s in the book Does one desire to consider various philosophical approaches to the problem of evil It s here in this book What about how to deal with evil and how to help those who are suffering Alcorn covers it.I highly recommend this book to everyone who wrestles with the problem of evil, or who wishes to help someone who is struggling with pain and suffering


  7. says:

    don t know how many times I have heard people say, If God is so good then why does he allow suffering and pain but it is a lot I think it is a good and valid question and is not easily answered There are a number of books out today that deal with this question and as far as I am concerned most of them are not very good They spend so much time making excuses for God or use philosophical analogies that don t necessarily pertain to the trueness of God However, when I picked up Randy Alcorn s don t know how many times I have heard people say, If God is so good then why does he allow suffering and pain but it is a lot I think it is a good and valid question and is not easily answered There are a number of books out today that deal with this question and as far as I am concerned most of them are not very good They spend so much time making excuses for God or use philosophical analogies that don t necessarily pertain to the trueness of God However, when I picked up Randy Alcorn s If God Is Good I found this book to be one of the best, most comprehensive and honest books on the issue of suffering and evil Alcorn brings a fresh and biblical perspective to these issues and does so in an easy to read format that is loaded with scripture references to back up his findings He also uses many examples of men and women throughout history whose lives have been affected greatly by pain, suffering and evil and still have a faith although challenged at times that remains stronger than ever If God Is Good is an excellent read for anyone who is struggling with the question of why God allows suffering and pain It is also a great companion for those in the midst of suffering and trials in their own lives presently It s not a light read as it is nearly 500 pages but is worth the time investment


  8. says:

    This book by Randy Alcorn is exactly what I needed to read at this time It clearly addressed the questions some of us have regarding evil in this world Much scripture was used to show what evil looks like and where it started and what caused it and how God uses pain and suffering to mold us into mature Christians.As a resource, it is so valuable, because it went into detail regarding the various solutions men have used to resolve the question of why bad things happen to all of us and also resp This book by Randy Alcorn is exactly what I needed to read at this time It clearly addressed the questions some of us have regarding evil in this world Much scripture was used to show what evil looks like and where it started and what caused it and how God uses pain and suffering to mold us into mature Christians.As a resource, it is so valuable, because it went into detail regarding the various solutions men have used to resolve the question of why bad things happen to all of us and also responded to those various solutions with God s answers from the Bible The book gave examples of people who have dealt with evil and how it changed their lives, including the author s own fight to save pre born children and what it cost him and his family Finally, there is some great information for how to walk with another person who is dealing with pain and suffering at this time This section was very helpful to me.I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review


  9. says:

    This is the type of book that you can use as a reference The author frequently poses questions that he then works towards an answer For example the big question of this book is Why talk about the problem of evil and suffering He sites many examples of people who have defined this as a crucial question to answer because it is often a barrier to belief The book has 11 sections that each attempt to look at a different aspect of this complex question Section 10 was the reason I first picked up This is the type of book that you can use as a reference The author frequently poses questions that he then works towards an answer For example the big question of this book is Why talk about the problem of evil and suffering He sites many examples of people who have defined this as a crucial question to answer because it is often a barrier to belief The book has 11 sections that each attempt to look at a different aspect of this complex question Section 10 was the reason I first picked up this book Why Does God Allow Suffering I liked the way he broke each idea down into smaller parts and the vast array of people he quotes from all walks of life and thought Frequently as I read a new question I would think, I was wondering about that too It is a very detailed analysis of this question It is a very thoroughly researched book.To spend time expanding our understanding of evil and suffering will also deepen our faith because it helps us understandabout the character of God I will keep this one on my shelf


  10. says:

    If God Is Good is the fourth of Randy Alcorn s big books 500 page tomes which discuss just about everything one would want to know about a specific subject In this case, the subject is the age old dilemma of evil and suffering The book is divided into eleven sections and forty five chapters Each chapter is subsequently divided into sub sections which are usually headed with a statement, such as It s a mistake to think God s love overshadows his holiness, or to think his holiness limits hi If God Is Good is the fourth of Randy Alcorn s big books 500 page tomes which discuss just about everything one would want to know about a specific subject In this case, the subject is the age old dilemma of evil and suffering The book is divided into eleven sections and forty five chapters Each chapter is subsequently divided into sub sections which are usually headed with a statement, such as It s a mistake to think God s love overshadows his holiness, or to think his holiness limits his love page 181 Alcorn then expounds on these statements in greater detail.Continue reading this review here


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