After the funeral, the questions that plagued him left him restless and void. "What's the reason to all of this? How could God allow this to happen? If he was a God of love, how come there is so much pain and suffering?" More and more, he tried to find the meaning in all of it. "I need to know," he would think. So at the behest of his mother, he sought answers in a place that he never thought he would; a psychologist. While he found answers to some of his questions, he still felt as if he had a hole in his soul. Without knowing what to do next, or where to find the peace he so desperately needed, he took a step in the direction that he ran from many years before.
Will he be able to find the peace or reason he seeks?
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A powerful story of life and death…and its impact on an aching soul. Matthew Edwards’s searching…for what, he’s not quite sure. When he’s told of a childhood friend’s sudden death, his comfortable world blurs and teeters on the edge of a deep abyss. What once was simple turns complicated, exciting…miserable. His usual jaunts leave him empty and yearning for more while his mother babbles her customary rhetoric in his ear. In a moment of weakness, he yields to her bantering and finds himself in a pew and his journey begins, pain-staking and reluctant though it is, toward God. Dreher writes a mind-wrenching story about a man pulled from life’s rut. Not by choice, by death. The Search for Reason explores the one human fact that’s inescapable—we die. And what we do between now and then matters…to everyone, not merely ourselves. As Matthew steps closer toward a relationship with God, many lessons wait for him, some easier than others. Can he wade through his deep, unresolved issues and see God’s gift for the taking? The message as well as the ease of reading Dreher’s writing style’s more than worth a four star review. However, the material needs a thorough content edit, line edit, and review to remove excess and repetitive words along with numerous punctuation errors. These factors present a major distraction when reading the remarkable story. For this reason and only this reason, I give the book three stars.