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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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Introduction:
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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19 of 20 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If God is Good January 25, 2011
By Cari
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 3, 2011
By Rick
Format:Paperback
Excellent book to help sort through the many questions and confusion surrounding why God allows evil and suffering. A few chapters got quite detailed in doctrine but then returned to practical discussion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If God is Good 10 Pack Series July 7, 2011
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Often, we experience suffering and blame God or have an incorrect vision of why we have suffering in our lives. Generally, we adopt a "why me" approach or "this isn't fair" approach or a "God is mean, doesn't care approach," when in reality, that mindset is in error.

However, there are not many people that will want to read Randy Acorn's 500+ page book to find the answers either. That is where this book comes into play. It is a condensed version of the book that provides sound, timely, and scriptural guidance concerning God. He loves us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Healing April 18, 2014
By brenda
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A great book for healing & resource to help others. Randy Alcorn is a very good author using scripture to give proof for his books. Anyone that has ever had doubts about the greatness & almightiness of our God needs to read and share with others that need healing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn quite a bit
Allowed me to be able to consolidate some of my own understanding. I would think that it would help someone else as well.
Published 1 month ago by Joe WOF
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little book
Great book to share with others. We've bought several copies to give away to others, and they were well received.
Published 1 month ago by M. Crowder
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok I am a bit Prejudice .
Yes I am a bit prejudice toward Randy Alcorn's books and have only looked at it for now. First of all I haven't found any of his books to be bad or even fair but always very good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chiefbuzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy understands the sufferer's heart
Randy's books ministered to me after the home going of our 20 year old son . His Heaven book was given as a gift and we recommend it also to those we minister to in their grief. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara J Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Questions answered
The author did a great job with organization and answered all my questions, I also feel more equipped to answer others when they are struggling.
Published 3 months ago by Meredith Sary
5.0 out of 5 stars Answer to the nebulous question of suffering and how God uses it fo...
This is a solid biblical answer to suffering and the author has researched his presentation with spiritual maturity. Recommend it for anyone and everyone.
Published 5 months ago by Pat Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Will share this with a friend who is struggling and plan to read more works by Randy Alcorn, beginning with
the more in-depth, 'If God is Good'.
Published 5 months ago by MERK
5.0 out of 5 stars Questions answered....
Excellent book....great for anyone who has asked this question "If Good is good, Why do we hurt?" I wish I could "always" remember and share every word.
Published 6 months ago by M. L. Houchins
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
I liked how he presented God's loving, but outrageous act of giving humans free will, yet being able to work all things for good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gwen T. Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
this is the short version of randys book. it is a good book that explains why we have suffering in this world. i believe this book is helpful for when we go through hard times.
Published 7 months ago by km
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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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