Thursday, March 3, 2011

If God, Why Evil: Book Review

About The Book:

Where Did Evil Come From? And Why Doesn't God Do Something About It?

The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world? 

In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers but also provides a new approach revolving around whether or not this world is the "best of all possible worlds." All this adds up to comforting news for believers: we can rest assured that God is both loving and all-powerful.

About The Author:

Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) is distinguished professor of apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

My Review:

If God, Why Evil is a book that I would definitely recommend to all Christians to read. In a clear, simple manner, Geisler examines the concept of evil in relation to the Christian journey that we travel. Not only why it occurs, but why God allows evil to exist. Geisler takes you through several view points about evil and in very easy to understand language takes you through the following chapters:

- Three Views on Evil 
- The Nature of Evil 
- The Origin of Evil 
- The Persistence of Evil 
- The Purpose of Evil 
- The Avoidability of Evil 
- The Problem of Physical Evil 
- Miracles and Evil 
- The Problem of Eternal Evil (Hell) 
- What About Those Who Have Never Heard? 

Appendix 1: Animal Death Before Adam 
Appendix 2: Evidence for the Existence of God 
Appendix 3: A Critique of "The Shack"

You will be brought through a lot of information, at times a little heavy in the theology, but still can be understood by laypersons and pastors alike.

I came away from reading this book knowing a little more about the subject of evil, and reminded that even though God does not like evil, He allows it so His people will draw closer to him!

I give If God, Why Evil? a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: If God, Why Evil? by Norman L. Geisler is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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