Book Review: The Problem of Pain

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“For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungry for a true understanding of human nature.” -Goodreads Bio

I haven’t posted a lot of faith related things on this blog- in fact I haven’t posted any. Part of that might be because I know it turns people away, but I think a big part of it is I don’t feel like I have any advice or answers. I don’t feel like I can add to any conversation.

This C.S. Lewis book is the first Christian book I’ve ever read. I picked it up because Lewis is supposed to be one of the greatest Christian writers and I couldn’t think of a better place to start.

I’ll tell you this: I don’t have answers but C.S. Lewis came up with quite a few. I read this after I had already came to Christ and it simply shoved me harder in that direction. All the responses in this book make sense, the metaphors are well used, the writers heart was in the right place. My book is filled with underlined sentences and starred paragraphs. My favorite chapter was that about Heaven and what we can expect.

This book is a must for any believer, and honestly, I think people who aren’t would enjoy it as well, because it would give great insight into the religious world. It doesn’t deny things science has proved (like evolution) but rather acknowledges it and ties it into the faith.

This book is awarded five out of five stars.

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