A thoughtful response on evil, suffering and finding hope beyond Band-Aid solutions.
My wife and I were recently at a child’s second birthday party where our friends’ four year old son tumbled off the trampoline and severely broke his arm.
I clearly remember this little boy crying out repeatedly for a Band-Aid because when you are a child and you get hurt a Band-Aid helps make the pain go away. His mom obliged him and with trembling hands placed the Band-Aid on his arm. I remember the boy crying out, "It's not working, it's not working, it's not working”. This may have been the first time real, intense pain forced on him the realization that Band-Aids don’t work for every wound.
Band-Aids don’t mend broken bones.
Logic doesn’t lessen the sting of loss.
Answers don’t always soothe personal anguish.
The book Suffering With God journeys with the reader into the tough issues of God, suffering and evil from a Christian perspective, but there are no easy answers here.
This book is not a Band-Aid. This book is not a healer. My hope is that this book is a revealer of the God who, in His time, will do the healing. A God who can reset your soul, strengthen you in your suffering, and make you whole.
Chris Price is the lead pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Coquitlam.
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his wife Diandra and his two children, Kaeden and Mila.
He is the co-author of Questions, an apologetic resource for youth, and Suffering With God.
Connect with him on Twitter.
“This book is not only readable but is deeply honest. Rather than shying away from the hard questions concerning evil in our world, it actually expresses the pain and suffering which many of our friends and neighbours feel but sometimes have difficulty articulating. The many illustrations throughout also make it an eminently practical read. Most importantly, however, this book sets out a number of solutions which show how a God who is both all-powerful and eminently good does not merely coexist with evil but is the ultimate solution to it and hope in the midst of it. This is a book worth reading twice and then passing along to one’s neighbours.”
Dr. Paul Chamberlain
Trinity Western University
Author of Why People Don’t Believe
"In Suffering With God, Chris Price masters the balance of addressing the questions of our minds without ignoring the feelings in our hearts. I have read and re-read this book and found answers to questions of pain and suffering that I have wrestled with my entire life. In the process, I found myself drawn more and more to Jesus, the one who heals our hearts."
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