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Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz provide a helpful perspective on suffering and evil and how God relates to both. Throughout their book they address questions like: Did God create evil? Why is the Bible full of violence? Why do innocent people suffer? What is the point of suffering? As they work through and wrestle with these questions they do not pretend to have all of the answers, but they do provide the reader with relevant information and follow-up questions to help them continue to pursue the truth.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
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When it comes to the big questions about suffering and evil--Did God create evil? How could a good God allow evil? How could a loving God allow people to suffer?--Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz don't pretend to have all the answers. But they do know how to wrestle with uncertainty and doubt. They welcome questions, and in these pages they ask some of the most important ones you have about suffering and evil. With candor, insight, and a disarming touch of humor, they provide some answers to these critical questions, while leaving enough space--and grace--for you to keep wrestling, asking, and seeking Truth.
There is no shame in asking--after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Don't let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.
Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Review: Answering Tough Questions About Suffering And EvilJanuary 9, 2018Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Answering The Toughest Questions About Suffering And Evil, written by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, published by Bethany House, is a book that desires to help its reader better understand and form a Biblical perspective of the suffering and evil that occur within life.
Bruce and Stan cannot provide every bit of information on the topics of suffering and evil, but they do strive to provide some answers to the critical questions that arise during our times of difficulty, suffering, and/or pain.
Some of these questions include, but are not limited to the following:
Did God create evil?
Why is there suffering and evil in a world made good by God?
Why doesnt God eliminate suffering and evil?
Why is the Bible full of violence?
Why do innocent people suffer?
What can I do about suffering and evil?
Bruce and Stan approach such a difficult topic with great insight, while utilizing the gift of humor, but not without being completely open and honest about suffering, evil, and the Bible.
This publication has the potential to help its readers come to a greater understanding of the role suffering and evil play within their lives, thus it is a recommended purchase for personal use or for someone dealing with the subject matter.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
cheryl5 Stars Out Of 5Why Does A Loving God Allow Suffering?November 11, 2017cherylQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had a tough time reading Answering The Toughest Questions About Suffering and Evil because when I finished the book it left me wanting more, however I know there is hope regarding evil and suffering. There is an end!!! While Christ conquered evil on the cross, it will end once and for all in the final days.
At some point we all question how could a loving God allow people to suffer? Did God create evil? With all that is happening in the world today, we must remember God is an all loving God. The authors cover topics such as: Why Do The Innocent Suffer? If God created everything, did He create evil? The authors incorporate scripture when talking about each topic and include questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.
I highly recommend this book, it will make you stop and rethink about suffering, evil and judgement. There is no shame in asking-after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Dont let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.
I recevied a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
HeidiMarie3 Stars Out Of 53/5 StarsOctober 24, 2017HeidiMarieQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I think that it is safe to say that we all have struggled with understanding God's role in the suffering and evil in our fallen world. It is something that can turn us away from God. It's something we struggle to explain to non-believers.
Answering the Toughest Questions about Suffering and Evil was written by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz in order to answer some of the questions we have all asked ourselves. If God created everything, did He also create evil? Why doesn't God eliminate suffering and evil? The authors collected and answered ten of the most popular questions they are asked on the subject.
I don't like not knowing or understanding things. So when I picked up this book, I wanted something along the lines of "God allows evil because blank as stated in the Bible here." I want simple, straightforward answers so I can fully understand. However, that is not the case here, and that is not the fault of the authors. It is due to the nature of the topic itself, and the fact that we are not meant to understand everything completely. The authors still do a wonderful job of offering theories and explanations in response to the questions.
Throughout each chapter are a ton of reflection and discussion questions. I would recommend keeping a journal to work through some of them, and leaving yourself time (in a quiet atmosphere) to really think about your answers. I especially appreciated that, in answer to the questions, the authors gave actual, researched and supported theories and exploration, rather than listing a bunch of fluffy verses about hope and not understanding God's ways.
Explaining topics such as this one to a Christian and to a non-Christian are two completely different things, and need to be handled and explained in very different ways. So, I really appreciated that the authors clarified that this book is directed and written for those who already believe in God, but have questions and trouble understanding how God fits in with evil. The tone of the writing was very friendly and enjoyable.
Overall, I gave this book 3/5 stars. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with these questions, or who may be going though a difficult time.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Tough questionsOctober 11, 2017gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5ANSWERING THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ABOUT SUFFERING AND EVIL
By Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz
Many times, we hear the question, If God created everything. Did He create evil, or Why do good people suffer? These question plus other are tackled by the authors of this book. They dont pretend to have all the answers but they will wrestle with it and offer some sound advice from the scriptures and other Christian writers.
The book is divided into ten sections, each dealing with a particular question about God, evil, and why certain things happen. They include did God create evil, why is there suffering, why doesnt God eliminate suffering, why the violence in the Bible, and more questions that have been asked by many people. They divide the sections into separate questions, each section covers many questions concerning the subject of that section. The answer the authors write are based on the scriptures and will help you to have better understanding of the questions. Each question and answer has an example that someone has faced and include questions for you to answer. In my opinion there are some answers that we may not fully receive or understand until we finally come face to face with God, but this book is a definite help.
A quote from the back of the book, There is no shame in askingafter all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible has doubts. Dont let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.
The book would make a great Bible study or book to use in a discussion group.
I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. 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