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.
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