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If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt? [Kindle Edition]

Randy Alcorn
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 The encouragement we crave—when we’re most in need

Out of the deepest hurts of the human condition, Randy Alcorn brings into clear focus our most pressing questions about evil and suffering—including those that wrench our souls when we or someone we love is victimized by evil or assaulted by disease.
   He faces these questions with seasoned sensitivity, skillful insight, and a heart of compassion. He dodges none of the difficulties, and never lapses into platitudes, hand-wringing, or oversimplification.
   On this troubling but inescapable topic, you’ll find frank acknowledgment of the inherent limitations that set humanity apart from the God who has none. There’s also generous, real encouragement that brings God nearer in our understanding when we need His comfort the most. And amid our heavy doubts and swirling confusion on this topic, Randy Alcorn points us ultimately toward Jesus as “the only answer bigger than the questions.”

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The Search We All Share

YOU MAY BE READING this booklet because you long to make sense of the evil and suffering in this world. You might be seeking answers to a philosophical problem, or perhaps you’ve lived long enough to recognize that suffering is inevitable, and you want to be prepared to face it.
   Or, if abuse, desertion, debilitating disease, or the loss of a loved one has devastated you, then your suffering isn’t theoretical or philosophical. It’s deeply personal; you need comfort, not intellectual answers.
   Three weeks after his thirty-three-year-old son Christopher died in a car crash, pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie addressed a crowd of twenty-nine thousand at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California: “I’ve talked about Heaven my whole life, and I’ve given many messages on life after death. I’ve counseled many people who have lost a loved one … But I have to say that when it happens to you, it’s a whole new world.” The day his son died, he told them, was “the hardest day of my life.”1
   When I spoke with Greg ten months later, his faith was strong, but his profound sense of loss remained. Pain is always local. It has a face and a name—in Greg’s case, Christopher. You and I can fill in our own names.
   The way we view such suffering will radically affect how we see God and the world around us. The problem of evil and suffering is the most common reason people give for not believing in God. A Barna Research poll asked, “If you could ask God only one question and you knew he would give you an answer, what would you ask?” The most common response was, “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?”2 This isn’t merely a problem; it’s the problem. And for the culture at large, it appears to pose a greater difficulty now ...

About the Author

RANDY ALCORN is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and a best-selling author of over thirty books, including If God is Good, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, The Purity Principle, and The Grace and Truth Paradox. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon.

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  • File Size: 147 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601423411
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; Ppk edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4C0W
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Make Sense of Suffering... January 5, 2011
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I am currently reading the larger version of Randy Alcorn's book "If God is Good; Making Sense of Suffering" and accidentally downloaded this book instead, thinking it was the other book. However, I was delighted to find that this abbreviated version of Alcorn's Bible based explanation of suffering and God's purposes in it to be immensely readable and faster paced than is the longer book mentioned above. I am currently going through a season of renewed suffering after a brief respite in the midst of many years of intractable pain...and frankly was struggling to accept God's purposes in allowing my suffering to be reintroduced in my life. I found comfort in this book as well as some chagrin that I had even questioned the purposes and wisdom of our amazing God. Randy is by no means pontificating or accusatory; rather, he sympathetically and gently approaches the topic with compassion, wisdom and with the evidence of much thought behind it. I could tell that this author is someone who has struggled both intellectually and experientially with the topic and problem of pain and has come up with answers grounded in Scripture that are at once satisfying, comforting and acceptable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If God is Good January 25, 2011
By Cari
In this book Randy Alcorn answers the profound question "How can there be a God if suffering and evil exist?"

"If God is Good" is a scripture-based look at what the entire Bible says about evil and suffering. Alcorn also includes insight and stories from people who have lived through suffering and evil and yet continue to remain strong in faith. The information is excellent, and the amount of research that went into this book is very impressive. At 494 pages, I think the size of the book may be a bit overwhelming, however it covers all aspects and delves deep into this topic. At the end of the book is a scripture index that lists seven whole pages of scriptures referenced in this book.

I rate this book 5 stars because it is very comprehensive, and well researched. This book is valuable resource for anyone.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book October 6, 2012
By RonDebW
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After my wife and I lost our 32 year old son last year, we were searching the why. Even though we are strong Christians, we were dealing with a lot of emotions. We found this book in a store in Gatlinburg, TN and couldn't wait to read it. Although the questions weren't fully answered, we felt it gave some great insight and redirection of our thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Answers to hard questions March 25, 2012
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Exactly what I needed at the right time, this book has renewed my hope. This is my first book non-fiction by Alcorn, and if his other non-fiction books are anything like this one I will be purchasing more. I don't think I could finish the full with out having finished this first, it addressed the questions at the right pace without dwelling on something for too long. Last thing I needed was another 6-week bible study, and that's definitely not what this is. I feel this is a book I can refer to again and again when I need it, with no need to labor through endless chapters. What interested me first was the price, but I would recommend this book at any price. If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt?
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Christian Debate April 19, 2013
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If you are interested in the subject of why we Christians need to suffer here on earth, Alcorn addresses this subject seriously. It is not an exciting read, but a well-thought-out and well-written one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tough Topic Handled with Grace & Truth September 22, 2014
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Another Randy Alcorn booklet I've recently read is If God is Good: Why Do We Hurt? A few years ago Megan purchased the 500-page version for me, but it continues to be a part of a stack of books I've yet to tackle. I was able to read the 75-page booklet on a recent trip, and if you desire to have a better understanding about the hurts of the world, Randy Alcorn can provide you the answers to this not so fun topic. As in previous books I've read by Mr. Alcorn, you'll find his answers supported with pages of Scripture. Below are the questions Mr. Alcorn, a man who has certainly experienced some suffering, handles with grace and truth. Check it out.

Introduction: The Search We All Share
How Is Suffering Related to Evil?
Where Do Evil and Suffering Come From?
What Causes Natural Disasters?
What Common Explanations Are Given for Evil and Suffering?
Doesn't the Reality of Evil and Suffering Expose God's Limitations?
Why Doesn't God Immediately Bring Evil and Suffering to an End?
Why Doesn't God Eliminate the Worst Forms of Evil and Suffering?
Can We Be Sure That Someday We'll Be Free of Suffering and Evil?
How True Are the "Health and Wealth Theology" Claims About Escaping Suffering?
Why Hasn't God Made the Reasons for Our Suffering More Clear?
Can We Really Trust God to Use Our Suffering for Good?
Is Suffering Really Necessary to Build Our Character?
What's the Right Way to Respond to Our Suffering?
Since Suffering Is Inevitable, How Can I Prepare for It?
Jesus - The Only Answer Bigger Than the Questions

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful on a challenging subject.
Published 2 months ago by Dscharer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Randy Alcorn's insights on suffering are very good. I will have to get the larger book he has written on this subject.
Published 4 months ago by jab
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward
Straight an to the point. Randy made a list of the most asked questions, and then one by one proceeded to thoroughly answer each with great explanation and references in clear... Read more
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Published 6 months ago by deanna j stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for your heart in a secular world
Very well written as is most of Randy's other books. We all go through trials and tribulations and this book helped immensely with strugling with cancer and chemo. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting and helpful, well written. Helps to answer that age old question about suffering, trials, pain.
Published 9 months ago by CN Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book and topic !
A hard topic done well by a Good a god Fearing Man !
Published 9 months ago by Jerry L Busby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for people who are hurting
Great book - very helpful during troubled times - my all time favorite - I've read this over and over
Published 9 months ago by sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Look to Christ
I would highly recommend this book. It provided many answers to huge and sensitive questions. Mr Alcorn hits many points and provides support in hurtful situations.
Published 9 months ago by Matthew Thompson
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More About the Author

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God's Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His 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. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over fifty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM's issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.

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