Book Review: The Goodness of God by Randy Alcorn
The Honest Truth. Some books are careful about what people might think or those that might disagree. Not this one. This book raises its right hand and tells the truth, nothing but the truth, and gets a whole bunch of help from God. That’s probably what I like most about this book is its honesty. This was a difficult task to provide people with “assurance in the midst of suffering”. But this book shoots down argument after argument with the truth of God’s Word, basic reasoning, and turns the tables with fantastic questions. Which brings us to my next point…
Awesome Apologetics. Man, if you are on the lookout for a dynamite apologetics book. Light the match and be ready for this to blow you away. Countless times I stopped after a rebuttal to common arguments of atheists and anti-sufferer-ers…and I was like “that is so good!”. Responses that are practical and in the category of “Why didn’t I ever think of that?”, but yet powerful and so effective.
Priceless Definitions. All throughout the book, Alcorn provides these quick definitions for words that are a regular part of our vocabulary. Easily one of my favorite parts of the book when I would stumble upon another Alcorn-ism, so to speak. For example, on page 110, we find a definition of worry as “momentary atheism crying out for correction by trust in a good and sovereign God”. Signed, seal, and deliver that one to the bank! And there’s more, but I don’t want to spoil them all for you.
Some Repetition. There is some repetition of thoughts in the same chapter that could be avoided, but even that is ticky-tack. Really not much wrong with this book, and I can see why I was given this book and told “It is excellent”…because it is.
The Grade: A+. When have you picked up a book, and upon finished the final page, your perspective on life is changed. Now that’s a powerful book. Randy Alcorn uses God’s Word effectively in reorienting your mind and heart towards a proper perspective on suffering. He’s not afraid of feelings and what is fair, he simply brings the truth of God’s Word on the subject of suffering, and let’s you have it. And argument after argument from the other side of God’s Word is shot down with overwhelming consistency and extensively. Send this book to your hurting friend, sick neighbor, or grieving family member. It’s worth the price on Amazon, the stamp, and it’s weight in gold.