Blind-Sided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God by Peter Chin

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Pastor Peter Chin writes about his personal story of disappointment and suffering over a period of a year and a half and what he learns about God during that time in his life. It seems there is one difficult thing after another such as a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in in their home and his wife getting a breast cancer diagnosis, all of which test his faith in God. At the onset, the author makes it clear this book is not a lesson in theology but merely one person telling their story of suffering and what he has gained through the experiences and how God was at work in the circumstances.

There are many things I like about this book. The writing style is captivating and flows easily because the author writes as though he is talking to the reader. I especially like his candor and honesty. He explains exactly how he is feeling without trying to make himself appear in a positive light. Although the topic of the book deals with suffering, Pastor Chin maintains a sense of humor that keeps the reader from becoming gloomy and melancholy.   I found there were many usable insights for both those that are suffering but also for those that know and interact with others that are suffering. At the end of the book, the author addresses the topic of the happy-ending, explaining that not every person’s suffering has a happy ending, which I appreciated.

I would highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Excerpts:

 “I realized then that this is why my wife was able to face her diagnosis with such composure. It wasn’t because she didn’t feel the fear and anxiety, or that she didn’t understand the nature of triple negative breast cancer. It was not my clumsy request that she not look up anything on triple negative that protected her from losing hope. It was because she gave that fear only a certain amount of space and time in her life, after which she would push it to the margins and get busy living. “

You see, God does things his own way, not necessarily the way we think is best or can understand most clearly, and his purposes cannot be captured with crude principles and observations. But just because we fail to comprehend what he is doing does not mean he is not doing anything at all.”

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