05 March 2015

Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering and the Untamable Goodness of God by Peter Chin

It took thirty years to build Peter's faith, but only three months to knock it down.

When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen? 

But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good.

Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.

In his book, Blindsided by God, Peter Chin faces the challenging topics of suffering and disappointment in light of faith. Both topics can be overwhelming and daunting, but Chin approaches them with the vulnerability of his personal experiences. He tells of how, in the midst of planting a church, his family encountered a number unexpected and incredibly difficult trials, including miscarriage and cancer, and the effect journeying through them had on his faith and outlook. His story overall is interesting and inspiring, though hard and challenging, told with an engaging voice and surprising bits of humor. I could not stop reading Blindsided by God and appreciate Chin’s willingness to share. I think it is definitely worth the read and recommend it.

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of Blindsided by God and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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