I Just recently finished reading this incredible book by William Paul Young. I'm normally not into reading fiction (especially if doesn't involve some sort of political, anti-terrorist thriller plot), but this book was like none other.
It explores the heart within human tragedy. It seeks to help answer questions that everyone has about the nature and character of God when bad things happen to good people. And what's more, is that it seeks to answer them in layman's terms.
The book has come under fire from certain theological circles concerning the character of God in the story. Let me just say that's funny that humans living within an finite existence find it within their credibility to arrogantly declare the rights on knowing the exact form and character of an INFINITE God.
The story line is indeed both challenging and liberating. Challenging, because it takes you task on all preconceived notions of the sovereignty of God in ALL situations. It challenges your emotions, your thoughts, and your heart...towards others and towards God. It also challenges you to forgive...even at times when you think that forgiveness is utterly impossible.
It also is liberating, as it frees you to know that you're not the only one that has had these questions. It's also liberating to know that God is not offended because you DO have these questions. It's a refreshing look at the love, grace, and redemption that comes from the only One that truly knows how to live out the concept of UNCONDITIONAL love.
I highly recommend this book. It's a great read. Just make sure you have time...because it's very hard to put down after the first couple of chapters!