Duke Divinity School
"Among preachers, Tom Long is perhaps the most broadly read and deeply incisive of them all. . . . Long doesnt offer easy answers, but he does open a wonderful conversation."
First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
"Tom Long has done it again, tackling a tough subject with wit, intelligence, and integrity. Moving beyond the ministry of presence, Long challenges clergy to stop dodging the bullet and to answer the hard questions laypeople ask. More importantly, he also gives us the tools to do it well."
Religious Studies Review
"A valuable book for preachers and others struggling with the relationship between God and suffering."
The Christian Century
"Moving and inspiring. . . . Too often preachers avoid these kinds of questions, offering pat answers or no answer at all. Long offers not only expert guidance but a push toward finding an answer that is theologically grounded and makes sense of the reality of suffering and evil in this world."
"In many ways, this is a consoling book. Although written from a homilists perspective, it is saturated with wholesome Christian theology. . . .This book is good Christian theodicy. It is worth reading Longs book for its sympathetic Christian perspective on the problem of evil and suffering."
Conrad Grebel Review
"The author has provided preachers with a helpful resource on dealing with the problem of evil and suffering in a congregational context. Pastors can move beyond providing a ministry of presence to facing the challenging questions and helping people hold onto faith in the midst of suffering. . . .[Long] will assist preachers in proclaiming hope in the midst of sometimes overwhelming evil and suffering."
"Few questions plague us more than this: why is there suffering, in a world ruled by a kind of generous God? Long thoughtfully approaches the question from a unique perspective, wondering what exactly preachers should say about these unsettling realities. Narrating Job, a familiar text for these questions, Long offers personal and pastoral wisdom."
John T. Pless
Concordia Pulpit Resources
"Long has written a book that deserves attention. He draws preachers to proclaim the power of God made known in Christ, crucified and risen. . . . Long is a craftsman with his prose, and in general his theological reflections are carefully thought and yield sound applications for preaching. I certainly intend to use this as a text in my course on 'Pastoral Theology and Suffering.'"