Even If: Trusting God When Life Disappoints, Overwhelms, or Just Doesn’t Make Sense

Multnomah. Aug. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9780593192528. pap. $16. REL
Why does God allow things to happen the way they do? In his first book, Lee (pastor at Grace Community Church, Fulton, MD) illustrates unconditional trust and faith in God (an “even if” response) by skillfully interweaving personal experiences, references to Scripture, and commentary. Lee analyzes the well-trodden Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, with a distinct angle: that the three believers choose to worship God even if He does not come to their rescue. Responses that Lee calls “counter ifs” prevent the believer from experiencing God’s presence whenever life disappoints, overwhelms, or just does not make sense. Lee invites readers to a deeper understanding of unconditional trust and faith, through pages of prayers and discussion questions. This book is for readers who may be scared, worried, anxious, or simply going through a difficult time; Lee writes candidly about accepting ourselves in all our flaws and not letting fear of risk or failure hold us back. An excellent companion to Trusting God, by Jerry Bridges.
VERDICT With its frequent reminders that we are not alone, this personal account is recommended for the reader who needs encouragement to move forward through life’s darker moments.
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