WHY?: Looking at God, Evil & Personal Suffering PB
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- ISBN 9781789743548
- Author DIRCKX SHARON
- Pub Date 01/01/2021
Why do bad things happen in our world? Why does God allow suffering? If he exists, why doesn't he do something? Of all the hurdles to faith, suffering must be the greatest. But how do we answer the question of 'Why?' in a credible, satisfying...
Why do bad things happen in our world? Why does God allow suffering? If he exists, why doesn't he do something?
Of all the hurdles to faith, suffering must be the greatest. But how do we answer the question of 'Why?' in a credible, satisfying way?
In this revised and updated edition of an award-winning book that has helped thousands in their journey of faith, scientist Sharon Dirckx explores some of the most agonizing and bewildering questions we all ask. With compassionate warmth and insight, she offers advice to help us cope with suffering and difficulties. Alongside, she interweaves her own experiences and the personal stories of individuals who have faced some of life's toughest challenges, showing us that it is possible to believe in a powerful loving God and acknowledge the reality of evil and suffering.
Why? is a book for anyone who has questioned how suffering and a compassionate God can coexist. It will help you better understand the nature of God in Christianity, and will equip you to answer the question of 'Why?' with confidence and clarity. It is also an ideal apologetics book to give to friends and family just beginning on their faith journey or who are struggling and looking for answers.
If you have ever asked or wondered why God allows suffering, Sharon Dirckx's gentle wisdom in Why? will help you see life from a new perspective - one that makes more, not less, sense of our hurting world.
Publisher: IVP (21 Oct. 2021)
Paperback: 176 pages
Book review from GLO General Director, Stephen McQuoid
'Why?' is authored by Sharon Dirckx, who teaches at the Oxford centre for Christian Apologetics. This book is an exploration of the issue of suffering and seeks to reassure the reader that God is love despite all the bad things that seem to happen in the world. It covers topics such as the problem of evil, divine sovereignty, God’s care for the natural order and the presence of natural disasters.
The book is philosophically a bit light, though as it is appears to be aimed at a general readership, that is not a bad thing. I was also slightly frustrated that some of the chapters give several options but Dirckx seems hesitant to give definitive answers and more could have been written. That said, there are lots of positives.
Firstly, the book is peppered with stories of real people and their suffering (including within the authors own family) and these stories are both moving and illustrative of the points being made.
Secondly, Dirckx writes with warmth and compassion, but also provides some good arguments, satisfying heart and mind.
Thirdly, in chapter one she does a very good job of contrasting the Christian response to suffering with those of Atheism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. This provides a good foundation for the rest of the book.
Finally, she writes with an evangelistic heart which makes this a good book both to give to a Christin and to someone who is not. Well worth a read.