SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Demystifying Evil: A Biblical and Personal Exploration

IVP Academic Dec. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781514004937. pap. $28. REL
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Faro (Northern Seminary, Lisle, IL; Evil in Genesis) embarks on a deeply personal and intellectually rigorous journey to unravel the multifaceted nature of evil. She draws from her own experiences, biblical knowledge, and philosophical analysis to present a compelling narrative of wrestling with the cosmic force that can fragment people’s lives. She emphasizes that ignoring evil is unproductive, and she courageously shares her own life journey, from managing multiple startups that led to mental burnout, to surviving an abusive marriage. She says there’s a need to resist passivity and reaffirm the goodness and justice of a higher power, and her book provides inspiring and practical tools to transform evil into good works. Readers should be aware that the book does not shy away from accounts of violence, abuse, and trauma, which may be upsetting to some. A general and biblical index is included as a reference.
VERDICT A biblically dense read and a valuable resource that encourages people to confront and understand what evil is and how to fight it.
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