Blind Sided by God

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Blind Sided by God is an at times heartbreaking account of one man’s journey through a devastating period in his life. Peter Chin writes his account with humor, honesty, and biblical clarity. Through his own story, Chin hopes to help readers who are experiencing moments in which they ask themselves questions like, “God, why are you doing this to us?” (14) His answer throughout the book is simple, “God has not left you, but is still very present in the midst of your pain.” (15) Because he approaches the topic through his own experience, readers are able to relate and better accept his conclusions.

Chin begins with the biggest problem–that many lose their faith during times of extreme circumstances. He claims that this is based on a misunderstanding of who God is, “our inability to make sense of suffering is caused by some rather gross misunderstanding of the identity of God” (16) and claims that “this is the reason that in times of hurt, we are so quick to lose faith in God’s love for us–we forget that His love is exhibited most clearly not through our own pleasure, but through Jesus’ pain” (34).  In other words, we think God’s love is shown most clearly in the good times, through blessings, and then quickly assume that He has abandoned us when we experience pain.

Chin encourages readers to realize that they are not alone. Using Scripture, he shows that suffering is inevitable, but that God will be there. He encourages readers to cry out to God–to express their feelings to God. In hard times, people must stand up and face life, accepting that we can’t understand WHY God does things, but that we can know that all things have a purpose, even when we can’t see it.

This is an amazing book. If you have gone through something hard–one of those moments when you feel alone and abandoned, this book can help you recover your faith and hope.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Chosen books in exchange for my honest review.*

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