Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God  -     By: Peter Chin
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Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God

Bethany House / 2015 / Paperback

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Isn't God supposed to bless his people? In one horrible year, Chin and his wife experienced burglaries, a miscarriage, a failed church plant---and, worst of all, Carol's diagnosis of aggressive breast cancer. Learn how he came to grips with the reality of suffering, was strengthened by it, and discovered the untamable goodness of God. 240 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212923
ISBN-13: 9780764212925
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Publisher's Description

It took thirty years to build Peter's faith, but only three months to knock it down.

When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen?

But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good.

Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.

Author Bio

Peter Chin is a pastor and columnist for Christianity Today, and his work in multiethnic and urban churches has been featured by NPR, CBS, and the Washington Post. He pastors Rainier Avenue Church, a multiethnic congregation located in one of the most diverse zip codes of the country, and lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Carol, and their five children. Learn more at

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  1. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 27, 2015
    Reading Rover
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    by Peter Chin

    If Job of the Old Testament had such a mellow voice telling of woes, then all would know Job's journey.

    The real shining voice in Peter's story is the silent glowing voice of his Wife. Peter beautifully outlines the otherworldly faith of His Wife by telling of their journey as a Couple, a Family, a Community, and His own first-person account of the Fire, the Flood, the Desert...I'm down to the last few chapters, but this book is so good for our time of re-journeying with Christ to Easter, who can wait till the end? I'll amend it, if the Spirit leads, on my Blog.

    Very real, beautiful and no, the story is not scratchy or hairy, must be the 'unmentioned' Angel's lifting them. The silence your words hedged around speaks even louder than the truths you shared Peter.

  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Faith is stern stuff... made for the hard and unfair.
    February 18, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    "Faith is not a breathing exercise to make us marginally more at peace in the midst of modern distraction. It is stern stuff that allows a person to stare into the darkest void and walk straight in. Faith was made for hardship, suffering, fear, sickness, and nights like this...

    Faith shows its true power and full worth in such moments."

    That's Pastor Peter Chin speaking.

    The night he's speaking of was a night where he came to the end of all his reserves.

    His beautiful young wife had aggressive breast cancer, coming close on the heels of the miscarriage of her third pregnancy. Their two daughters were under five years of age.

    They had just moved to a new city, into a neighborhood infested with crime, for the purpose of planting a church.

    Nothing that defined Peter before this point could help him now.

    The fact that he was a pastor couldn't carry him.

    The fact that he was her husband couldn't fight Carol's disease.

    The fact that he was their father couldn't shield his daughters from fear.

    Only a living God, One who is present with His people, could meet these needs.

    In this new book, Peter takes us step by step through these dark, difficult, valley-of-the-shadow months.

    The Chin's personal story is riveting. (The author may object to that, but it was.)

    The trials they encountered came so hard and fast that it's no wonder Peter felt betrayal and despair when he thought of them all.

    The wonder is that he can now point to providence, care, redemption, and grace as sustaining his family during it all.

    In the beginning of the book, he tells us that he's not writing a theological treatise on suffering, he's relating his personal experience.

    Without crossing the line into academic analysis, he brings forth some incredible insights.

    When you get your copy, pay attention to these chapters- "The Mulberry and the Wisteria" and "A Minor Miracle."

    How he keeps his sense of humor I don't know, but this is also one of the funniest books I've read in a while. (I started laughing out loud when he made this certain comment about the hospital elevator.)

    Short review: This book will wrench your heart as you think about a family trying to deal with all of this, and it will move you to praise God as you see His presence in their lives.

    Thank you Bethany House for my review copy. It's going on my keeper shelf.
  3. London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2015
    London, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Author Peter Chin knocked it out of the park with this one. "Blindsided By God" gets my enthusiastic two thumbs up. I wish I had a couple dozen copies of to give to any and every person who is struggling through any sort of difficulty.

    Mr. Chin tells of the many trials he and his family went through and the lessons God taught him through it. As the saying goes: when it rains, it pours. And this was the case in his life. By trial after fiery trial, life seemed to pound away at his faith and patience. In the end, with God's grace and strength, he and his family got through it and are now more capable of helping others through their own difficulties.

    "Blindsided By God" was at once readable, touching and teaching. Even though, in this season, I'm not facing a difficult situation, I know that I'm better prepared for whatever tomorrow holds because I read this book. It also helped me to know how to help others.

    This review might be short and sweet but I mean every word of it. GREAT BOOK!

    BTW, I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Anyone who has read any of my other reviews knows that I can be a bit on the harsh side so when I say I loved it, you can know it's a special book.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A personal account of one man's suffering while his wife battled cancer
    February 7, 2015
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is not your typical Christian spirituality/memoir book. Chin is extremely honest about his own feelings. That was something that I found both refreshing and disturbing.

    Chin recounts his own year and a half of suffering. His wife had a miscarriage. He took his family to Washington, DC to start a church. They bought a house in a tough neighborhood. When they went to move in, they found squatters had taken sinks, the garbage disposal, had ruined carpets, and more. Later they experienced burglaries. And then his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. One more blow was their insurance company denying coverage, claiming a break in their coverage. Chin was finally able to provide the documentation that proved the insurance company wrong and coverage was restored, but he was furious. He shares his anger, his mouthing off.

    The anger expanded to God. Here he was, a church planter, sacrificing and trying to be the best he could be for God, yet look what happened. God was supposed to protect them and be there when they needed Him. He wore a mask while pastoring, hiding his anger, proclaiming his trust in God, lying through his teeth.

    He hit bottom and finally came to the point of crying out to God in all his pain and with total honesty. He realized life was hard and unfair and faith shows its true power and full worth in such moments. He also realized his wife was the bravest person he knew. As events progressed, he admits he was clueless as to what God was doing, yet he was not as hopeless as he had been. Through his experience of suffering, Chin reveals, he finally understood the cross.

    This book is heavy on Chin's personal experiences and feelings of turmoil. He describes himself as, not the most emotionally resilient person in the world, and very prone to discouragement. He describes his own tiredness and fatigue and his own suffering. It just felt a little strange reading about all of that when it was his wife who had the miscarriage and the cancer.

    The strength of this book is its personal account of coming to the knowledge that God is with us in the midst of pain. God allows suffering, Chin writes, because in His wisdom, He knows it is somehow necessary and even beneficial. Our inability to make sense of suffering is caused by a gross misunderstanding of the identity of God. God is mysterious and wild but also loving and good. Suffering and love are not mutually exclusive.

    I would recommend this book to men, to get a man's view of experiencing his wife's cancer. I was disappointed that Chin was much more vocal about his own suffering than he was about his wife's.

    Food for thought: You see, you cannot truly understand the gospel and the depth of God's love unless you understand suffering.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blind-Sided by GOD ~ Peter Chin
    February 3, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a true story from Pastor Peter Chin and how GOD took the bad in his life and turned it for good. It deals with how he and his family had many struggles and turmoil in their lives even when they have GOD by their sides. From a church plant, breast cancer, pregnancy and many more everyday ups and downs it makes you wonder why is GOD making this happen when this whole family is working for HIS kingdom. This book is real and at the end of each chapter Pastor Peter gives bible back up of the message that GOD was giving him and his family.

    I really liked reading from a man's point of view and what men deal with having to see the women you love going through breast cancer. This is a very inspiring book, that teaches you that GOD gives us what he wants us to have.

    I would recommend this book to all ages and those that always wonder why would GOD make this happen? This is a great true story that many will be able to relate to, especially those that have been touched by cancer. If you want a heartwarming, truthful read then buy this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
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