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Ninety Days of God's Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness

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  • Posted May 31, 2011


    I obtained my free copy of "90 Days of God's Goodness" from Multnomah for review. This book is precisely what I needed. I have to say that since I signed up to review free Christian books, I have been so blessed. These books have been an answer to prayer.

    Ninety Days of God's Goodness by Randy Alcorn is an awesome devotional. Last week, I found myself in tears after reading it and immediately went into prayer. Randy Alcorn writes with such truth, depth and intensity. I really like how he incorporates true stories within this devotional as well.

    This devotional talks about why there is suffering and how despite all of the pain and suffering that we experience here on earth, God is good. Each day presented a new nugget of truth that left me ruminating.

    He starts out each day with a portion of Scripture, then his devotional and he ends it with a short prayer. It's just absolutely wonderful to start your day. I really enjoyed reading it each morning. I will read through it again, there is just so much information to glean from and it's very encouraging.

    If you are looking for a devotional that will speak into your heart and life, I highly recommend this one. You definitely won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Suffering is not an option. Jesus has been there done that. He knows and cares. Here's evidence.

    Who hasn't gone through seasons that seem dark, long, and lonely? Seasons when it seems everything is going wrong. Maybe it's a period of stressful relationships, of financial difficulties, of extended illness, of disability, or of mourning. Maybe its a period of feeling like that God isn't really being good to you or even remembering you. At times like this, another Bible verse quipped by a well-meaning friend isn't really what we need. We need to know that God is Good, that God is really for us.

    Randy Alcorn addresses these issues and more. He gives evidence, from scripture and anecdotal, that proves that God is really working all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. His purpose- not our purpose. His way- not our way. We might not understand or like what's going on; but, God is loving us through our suffering and has suffered himself.

    Mr. Alcorn's devotional is meant to be read in 90 days. I read it in about a month in order to review it in a timely manner. At the beginning, I was a little slow at getting into the book. By the half way point, I felt that God was changing how I look at suffering. That is ultimately the purpose of this book. It is a tool that God can use to change your way of thinking. While this was not always a book that I enjoyed reading, it was very thought provoking. We don't have to enjoy something for it to be good for us!

    I give it four stars and recommend it to you.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Inspiring and Encouraging!

    Why would God create a world where people suffer so much? But how remarkable that no one will ever suffer as much as He did! "Evil and suffering formed the crucible in which God demonstrated his love to humankind," explains Randy Alcorn in his book 90 Days of God's Goodness. God understands our pain and suffering, and none of it takes Him by surprise or by accident. This devotional-style book tackles the issue of how God can be considered good when he allows pain and suffering to exist in our lives. Each of the 90 days begins with a passage from the Bible - not just a verse or two, but enough of the passage to get a clue of the context. The author follows up with application of the passage through illustrations drawn from people who have experienced God's goodness in deep suffering. The end of each day includes a brief prayer that ties together the theme by expressing gratitude and dependence on God. While this book is not a systematic theology on the providence of God or a treatise on the meaning of evil and suffering, it offers comfort and encouragement for those wandering through the dark valley of pain. At the beginning of the book, I felt like it was most applicable for those who have suffered loss through the death of a child. However, the further I got into this book, the more I found it can apply to all types of painful situations - chronic pain, depression, job loss, unfair lawsuits, diagnosis of a terminal illness. I highly recommend this book to anyone going through the dark valley of the shadow of death who is searching to find meaning in suffering and draw closer to God. Through the truths in this book, God will minister to your heart and bring healing and hope. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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