Book Review: If God Is Good

We all go through periods of our life where suffering hits us. For some, it cuts deep and drives even deeper. Others we are able to get by for some unbeknownst reason. Regardless, we know that Christ is good, even if we have a hard time telling our brains that. I have to say that I did not know what to expect when I received this book in the mail. It was a lot thicker than I was expecting and therefore contained a lot more pages. I was finally able to make my way through the book and the vast amount of information contained in it to offer a review.

  • The main subject of the book is the goodness of God even in the midst of suffering.
  • The book was written to challenge the logic of disbelief in God’s goodness.
  • The best audience would be mature Christians who are able to work through large amounts of Scripture.

First of all, this book is written in simple enough language for most people to understand, but there is a lot of ideas presented. You will have to want to finish this book to make it through. There are forty-five chapters and within those are enough points to break out into chapters of their own. It is not that there is bad information, but there is a plethora of it.

The intent of the book is to discuss some of the biggest issues that so many people have with how God can be both good and allow suffering and evil to occur. I would be telling a lie if I had not met this in my own life. At points, I feel like I wrestle with this thought and I have seen others wrestle as well. On this side of Heaven, I do not think we will ever be free of the tension.

Alcorn does a fabulous job of addressing the objections people have with Scripture and basing all of his points on Scripture. Having never read a book by Alcorn, I was excited to see that he allows Scripture to speak and not interpreting ideas into Scripture.

For me to write an in-depth review of this book would need hours of my time. Like I said, there is a vast amount of information here covering a broad range of topics. It would be a highly beneficial read for anyone wanting to know how to explain the goodness of God to their neighbors.

Overall I give this book four out of five stars due to its highly important subject and vast amount of resources. It addresses most issues people have when trying to reconcile God and suffering.

I was given this book for free by BloggingForBooks in exchange for an unbiased review.

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