Where Is God in All the Suffering?

Making sense of evil and suffering and finding hope.

Part of the Questioning Faith series.

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Suffering and evil affect us all, both at a general level, as we look at a world filled with injustice, natural disasters and poverty, and at a personal level, as we experience grief, pain and unfairness. And how we think about and process the reality of pain is at the heart of why many people reject God.

Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is no stranger to pain and gives a heartfelt yet academically rigorous examination of how different belief systems deal with the problem of pain. She explains the unique answer that is found in Christ and how he can give us hope in the reality of suffering.

This empathetic, easy-to-read and powerful evangelistic book is good for both unbelievers and believers alike. It will help those hoping to answer one of life’s biggest questions as well as those who are either suffering personally or comforting others.

Part of the popular Questioning Faith Series from OCCA the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

Others in the series include Can Science Explain Everything?, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, Am I Just My Brain? and Is Jesus History?.

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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1—Asking “Why?”
  • Chapter 2—In Anger
  • Chapter 3—In Grief
  • Chapter 4—In Illness
  • Chapter 5—In Mental Illness
  • Chapter 6—In Response to Violence
  • Chapter 7—In Natural Disasters
  • Chapter 8—In Systemic Pain
  • Chapter 9—In the Suffering Servant
  • Conclusion

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Author Amy Orr Ewing
ISBN 9781784982768
Format Paperback
First published September 2020
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 12mm
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Professor John Lennox

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

This book arises out of the conviction of the author that if Christian faith is worth considering, it needs to be deep enough to cope with our most rigorous human scrutiny and our most heart-rending questions. Amy Orr Ewing is not afraid to address the why questions and that of suffering and pain is the hardest of all for any of us. With a sympathetic heart and a probing, honest mind, she helps the reader think through a wide range of causes of our pain and grief: anger, grief, illness of body and mind, violence, natural disasters and systemic suffering. As she walks us through the vale of our tears she introduces us to the incomparable grace of the Good Shepherd who himself suffered and gave his life for the sheep. A book to be read and shared – especially in this time of global pain.

Justin Brierley

Unbelievable? show host

Amy is one of the best communicators I know when it comes to Christianity and the big questions of life. This book could not be more timely. It is a thoughtful, pastoral and personal response that will help many people to navigate the emotional and intellectual questions raised by suffering. If you know someone who is looking for answers, give them this book.

Os Guinness

Author of ‘Unspeakable’

As deeply caring as she is wise, deep, and helpful, Amy Orr-Ewing has written for all who are suffering and in pain. She has been there herself, and she also knows the sure path to comfort, healing and faith. A book to be read slowly, and cherished — and shared with others who are in pain.

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