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Where is God when life hurts?

23 Apr

Book Review: Eye of the storm: Where is God when life hurts? by Alexander Kumpf

When cancer rears its head, does God know? When financial security plummets, is God present? When disaster strikes, does he even care? When the storms of life rain upon us, where can we find answers?

These are the questions asked and answered by Alexander Kumpf in his short book, Eye of the storm. His argument is that the safest place to be is in the center of the storm, for that is where we discover calmness. The eye of the storm is where we experience the peace of God.

The author tries to answer the questions we wrestle with when the storms of life threaten. He discusses a few of the reasons why God allows pain, suffering, and difficulty. Using the example of Jesus and his disciples in the storm on the Sea of Galilee, he explains that Jesus promised to bring his disciples safely to the other side. The storms of life are not designed to destroy us, but rather to teach us to depend on God and to shape our character. The author suggests some principles to follow in preparing for the storms, riding them out, and dealing with the aftermath. He also includes a study guide in the back to help the reader think through the issues and discuss them in a small group setting.

While I found the book to be biblical and practical, I felt it was too short. It provides short answers rather than a long theological treatise. I came away feeling like the author barely scratched the surface of the topic. As someone going through a stormy time, I found his overview helpful and encouraging, but it left me longing for more depth. As another reviewer mentioned, the author’s style is a bit choppy as he jumps around in his narrative. The book comes across as an author’s first effort to be self-published. It shows potential, but there is room for depth and improvement.

The book is probably best used as a gift given to someone going through a difficult time. It will answer basic questions, point the person to God, and hopefully lead to further conversations on the subject. Because of the author’s illustrations, the book might be best used with teenagers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com http://BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
2 Comments

Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Books, Theology

 

2 responses to “Where is God when life hurts?

  1. Alexander Kumpf

    April 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Hey Mark,
    First of all thank you for your honest review. I appreciate you taking time to read Eye of the Storm. I am sorry if you found the book too short and not enough theological depth. However, this was done on purpose. One strength that people have liked from the book is that it is short and to the point. It doesn’t bog the reader down with alot of theological issues but let’s them know that God is always with them and He loves them. . It’s purpose is to encourage and keep the discussion going about storms of life, and also allows people not to blame God for their trials and problems. It was never suppose to be an exahuasitive theological account of why God allows suffering. It is aimed to uplift, encourage, and help new believers and seekers as long as seasoned believers see that God is the solution not the problem. I hope you have found some hope and support from the book and it did provide some encouragement for you.

    I am still at a lost about the choppiness. I do not get this from most readers and usually they tell me the book reads very smooth. So I am still at a lost of what this actually means. You are right I am new author and this is my first book so I am still learning.

    Once again I appreciate you taking time to read and review Eye of the Storm.

    In Christ,
    Alexander Kumpf

     

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