God Is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense is written by Jennifer Rothschild, a lady who knows what it feels like to think that God is not fair. After all, she lost her vision in her teens and has went through life blind since. Still, she found that the key to happiness and spiritual fulfillment was to trust God and to see him in the darkness.
This book is about the questions that we all wrestle with about God. These questions are: (1) God, are you fair? (2) God, do you err? (3) God, do you hear prayer? (4) God, do you care? (5) God, are you aware? and (6) God, are you there?
Although Rothschild takes an earnest look at these questions, her purpose in writing this book is not to help us acquire more knowledge about God. Her purpose in dealing with the questions is to encourage us to get closer to God. In fact, she states in the book, “What matters most is not the questions but the heart of the questioner.”
I found this book to be valuable. If you’re not going through a time in your life when God didn’t make sense, you will before too long, so this book is a great reference for anyone. So often, I felt conviction when I remembered how so many times the prayers that I considered unanswered were (in retrospect) some of God’s greatest blessings and prayers that I’m grateful now weren’t answered the way that I had wished.
I’ve highlighted so many pages in this book that in some chapters there’s more highlighted than what isn’t highlighted. This one is going on my permanent collection shelf. This book is going to be one that I recommend for all my friends. This book is gentle and yet powerful all at the same time.
It’s true that God isn’t fair. If he were fair, he wouldn’t have died for us. If he were fair, we’d all receive the eternal punishment that we’ve earned. Thank God that he isn’t fair!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review.