When I first picked up this book in August, I honestly thought it would be the typical Christian paperback book, 150-200 pages. An easy read, despite the subtitle: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil. Boy was I wrong.
First of all, the book weighs in at a hefty 500 pages and instead of being a taste test of ways of addressing suffering in our personal life, is a painstakingly detailed overview of everything from the reality of God to the reality of our own deaths complete with Scriptural back up and real life experiences.
This is not a book to be taken lightly. It delves in and takes no prisoners. There were times that I was encouraged in my own beliefs, times that I was challenged in them and times that it made me angry with the truths it contained. God used this book to change some things in my heart and the fact that it took me a long time to read was initiated by His hands. From the time I picked it up to the time I closed its covers in completion, my family went through many of the things that were detailed in the book. I had questions for God that I wanted answers for. Questions about His allowing things in my life and the lives of my loved ones. Questions about how He could possibly turn this tragedy around for the good. This book helped me weather through and there would have been no better time in my life to read it.
The author shares personal stories from his own life as well as those from others giving their lives in service to the Lord. These serve to encourage the reader in our own suffering and realizing that God uses it for His own glory.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.