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Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God

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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.

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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
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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 www.peterwchin.com.

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  1. Jurupa Valley
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blessedness of Suffering
    May 26, 2015
    Rick
    Jurupa Valley
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I picked up Peter Chins book, Blindsided by God, I wasnt overly enthusiastic. After all, what more could be said on the subject of a loving God who allows suffering? Skeptics, however, continue to raise the question. So, perhaps, I thought, Pastor Chin would offer something new with which we counsel those who hurt.

    The book chronicles the battle Carol, Chins wife, fought with cancer. In truth, the cancer was but the background; the real battle was for Pastor Chins faith. The book starts by introducing us to the young couple, how they met, how he courted her, how they came to be married. The stories are amusing, but hardly inspirational. Even as they received news of the cancer diagnosis, I remember thinking, nothing new here. How many people have fought the battle with cancer and retained their faith?

    Thankfully, I kept reading. Chin takes the reader for a wild ride with emotional ups and downs. We also get a glimpse of the life of a church planter. That this battle came about as the family moved into a new home in order to plant a church is not just an aside. As he struggled with his myriad of emotions as the prognosis sunk in, the feeling of betrayal by God that surprised Chin. I felt betrayed by God because he had broken his promises. I had absorbed it from the pervasive culture of the American dream, which teaches us that everyone gets what they deserve. How, after all, could a church planter, pastor, and family whod given up so much for Gods Kingdom been cursed by cancer?

    Chin tackles these and other hard questions and lessons with deep, spiritual depth while, at the same time, keeping it accessible and revealing of his heart. One can imagine Chin sharing those harrowing years over a cup of coffee. At times, hed cry as he relived the pain and doubt; other times hed laugh as he recounted some of his foolish, boorish responses.

    I recommend, without hesitation, this book to everyone, believers and skeptics alike. My wife and my 12-year old son have both been blessed by it. Were reminded that, He does not promise that we will not suffer, but that when we do suffer, he will be there with us in the midst of it all. It is a promise, not of painlessness, but of his presence. But even more than helping us to cope (which is the aim of many books on suffering), Chin demonstrates that suffering helps us to more fully appreciate Gods grace and the demonstration of His love.



    Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blindsided by God
    May 20, 2015
    Chris
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I initially borrowed this from the Christian Radio Station where I frequently volunteer. I read it and had to order my own copy. I recently gave it to a friend who has heart issues and is dying, waiting for a heart transplant. Please pray for Ragan. I pray she has a wonderful outcome as has Pastor Chin. God is full of surprises, so I am counting on him to surprise us all in these situations.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Blindsided by God
    March 30, 2015
    CJ
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    Have you ever felt blindsided by life? Have you ever felt blindsided by God?

    That is the subject of Peter Chin's recently-released book, "Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God."

    Can I just say, in short, that I LOVED this book? I did.

    Peter Chin and his wife moved with their two daughters to an inner-city location where they began a church congregation. He felt certain he was in God's will. They were blessed with health, purpose, each other. . . then they experienced some tremendous suffering in the span of a few short months. Miscarriage, a robbery, breast cancer, termination of health insurance. . . Why was this happening to them? If they were doing God's will, why would he allow them to suffer so much?

    This is a powerful book. One thing that I especially loved is that he doesn't preach at readers, but just tells his story and what he learned. And, along the way, we see some of God's mysterious ways unfold in the lives of the Chins. I was blown away by the ending.

    Overall, the book was so encouraging, uplifting and on a very important topic. I got another glimpse of God's wonderful love for his children. I am passing it along with an enthusiastic thumbs-up!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    BLIND-SIDED BY GOD
    March 27, 2015
    Reading Rover
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    BLINDED-SIDED BY GOD

    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.

    -30-
  5. 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.
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