When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen?
But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good.
Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.
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About the Author
Peter Chin is a pastor, writer, speaker, and advocate for racial reconciliation. A graduate of Yale University and Fuller Seminary, he has pastored and planted churches in Los Angeles, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Seattle, and now serves as lead pastor of Rainier Avenue Church, located in one of the most culturally diverse zip codes of the United States.
His advocacy work in racial reconciliation has been profiled in several national news outlets, including CBS Sunday Morning, the Washington Post, and NPR's Tell Me More and All Things Considered. His essay on reconciliation between Koreans and African Americans in the inner city was one of the winners of Christianity Today's "This Is Our City" essay contest.
As a writer, Peter has been frequent contributor to both Christianity Today and RELEVANT Magazine, and his 2013 essay for Christianity Today was one of the most widely read articles of that year for the site. He is also a devotional writer for Our Daily Journey, a ministry of Our Daily Bread, and he is the author of the book Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God.
Peter is the husband of a courageous breast cancer survivor and the father to five wonderful children. Peter does nothing in his free time because as a father of five, free time does not exist.
Table of Contents
1 It's Aspen, Not Old Spice 19
2 Prepare to Be Broken 37
3 "Welcome to the Neighborhood 51
4 "It's Cancer" 67
5 A Drop in Coverage 83
6 Triple Negative 97
7 "He's Up to Something" 111
8 "I Don't" 125
9 The Seminary of Suffering 141
10 The Mulberry and the Wisteria 159
11 A (Minor) Miracle 177
12 Nothing Can Hinder the Lord From Saving 191
13 Not just Higher-Better 209
Epilogue: "What About My Happy Ending?" 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Faith is not a breathing exercise to make us marginally more at peace in the midst of modern distraction. It is stern stuff that allows a person to stare into the darkest void and walk straight in. Faith was made for hardship, suffering, fear, sickness, and nights like this... Faith shows its true power and full worth in such moments." That's Pastor Peter Chin speaking. The night he's speaking of was a night where he came to the end of all his reserves. His beautiful young wife had aggressive breast cancer, coming close on the heels of the miscarriage of her third pregnancy. Their two daughters were under five years of age. They had just moved to a new city, into a neighborhood infested with crime, for the purpose of planting a church. Nothing that defined Peter before this point could help him now. The fact that he was a pastor couldn't carry him. The fact that he was her husband couldn't fight Carol's disease. The fact that he was their father couldn't shield his daughters from fear. Only a living God, One who is present with His people, could meet these needs. In this new book, Peter takes us step by step through these dark, difficult, valley-of-the-shadow months. The Chin's personal story is riveting. (The author may object to that, but it was.) The trials they encountered came so hard and fast that it's no wonder Peter felt betrayal and despair when he thought of them all. The wonder is that he can now point to providence, care, redemption, and grace as sustaining his family during it all. In the beginning of the book, he tells us that he's not writing a theological treatise on suffering, he's relating his personal experience. Without crossing the line into academic analysis, he brings forth some incredible insights. When you get your copy, pay attention to these chapters- "The Mulberry and the Wisteria" and "A Minor Miracle." How he keeps his sense of humor I don't know, but this is also one of the funniest books I've read in a while. (I started laughing out loud when he made this certain comment about the hospital elevator.) Short review: This book will wrench your heart as you think about a family trying to deal with all of this, and it will move you to praise God as you see His presence in their lives. Thank you Bethany House for my review copy. It's going on my keeper shelf.
Finding God's goodness in the midst of suffering. Can it be found? Or has God turned His back on you? Follow Peter Chin's journey as he follows what God has told him to do, but along the way he isn't protected from suffering. From a miscarriage, to a home break-in, to breast cancer, to termination of their health insurance, I'm sure Peter felt like Job, that God had abandoned him. But Peter found along the way, that God hadn't deserted him. He was still there. God doesn't move. We do. When we lack strength to go through things, God is right there helping us. Blind-sided by God is Peter's story of falling in love with his wife, falling in love with God, and how to overcome when life attacks you. Along the way you will get to know Peter and his family, but you will also find God is still there in the midst of pain, hardship, disappointment, ultimate suffering, no matter what you are going through. Peter sums it up with this quote: "We are children who live in a loving and safe home but pout most wretchedly because our parents always give us what we need, and only sometimes what we want. And this is the reason that in times of trial, 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." Jesus suffered for us. He died for us. So that we might experience His love for us, regardless of what we go through. If you are suffering through something, find someone who has gone through the same things. Band together. You are never alone. There has always been someone who has walked before you. Choose to praise God even in the midst of your suffering. God is still there. He hasn't abandoned you. He didn't stop loving you. Hold on to that. Make a choice every day to step out in faith and serve God. Remember, as Chin notes, you can count on God being right beside you in the midst of your suffering, even redeeming the most seemingly irredeemable moments. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Pastor Peter Chin writes about his personal story of disappointment and suffering over a period of a year and a half and what he learns about God during that time in his life. It seems there is one difficult thing after another such as a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in in their home and his wife getting a breast cancer diagnosis, all of which test his faith in God. At the onset, the author makes it clear this book is not a lesson in theology but merely one person telling their story of suffering and what he has gained through the experiences and how God was at work in the circumstances. There are many things I like about this book. The writing style is captivating and flows easily because the author writes as though he is talking to the reader. I especially like his candor and honesty. He explains exactly how he is feeling without trying to make himself appear in a positive light. Although the topic of the book deals with suffering, Pastor Chin maintains a sense of humor that keeps the reader from becoming gloomy and melancholy. I found there were many usable insights for both those that are suffering but also for those that know and interact with others that are suffering. At the end of the book, the author addresses the topic of the happy-ending, explaining that not every person’s suffering has a happy ending, which I appreciated. I would highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.