Published by Bethany House(2018)
I read a very important book last month and now I’d like to share what I learned from it. I think it is so appropriate for what we all have gone through or will go through in this life. Without further ado, here is a snippet of my review from Amazon:
I am no stranger to evil and suffering and I appreciate the Christian authors for at least being honest in the book, admitting that they too, have no concrete answers. They trust that God is good and things work out together for the good.
One part of the book that kind had me feeling some type of way was the story of Kate Bowler. A thrity-five year old woman who finds out she has cancer and will be leaving her husband and new baby behind on this world. She keeps it real saying, this “prosperity gospel” teaching we have leaked out into churches is wrong. We are told it we think positive, pray loud enough and believe long enough, we shall not die. This thinking is tied into the American spirit.
And she is right.
I reflect back on losing my father and then on losing my mother-in-law two years later. We prayed for them earnestly. Begged God, made promises. I even think back to when my husband and I lost our place several years ago and family would not help out even though we’ve helped several people financially. I asked myself: Where was God then? It’s events like this that makes me believe God is around but left us alone. This is deism. I ain’t mad at anyone who believes in deism either because with that belief, God is still our Intelligent Creator, but where are the active miracles? The instant karma for the evil doers? Where is it?
Back to Kate Bowler. She understands God now and she is not mad at Him. She is not mad because death is actually a part of life and if He wanted her healed, he would have done so. We are frail, weak, yet special creatures whose lives are short.
Here’s another truth: the bible never promised forever on earth for us. In fact in John 16 in the bible, it plainly states, “We will have trouble” so even if you do not believe in God or the bible, at least Scripture keeps it real: We will have trouble. So, no surprise there.
I will leave you with this piece of advice that the book left me: When trouble does come, yes, prayer is good and welcome and when someone else is grieving, do not give them platitudes and Scriptures. Please don’t. Just be an ear, just be there. Just listen.
*This book was given to me free for my unbiased opinion from Bethany House
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~The Write Web