Prior to reading this I wanted to learn more about suffering, be able to explain to others the concept of and purpose for it, and to understand how to handle that suffering when facing it head on. I had a desire to grow and learn spiritually, so I chose to read two books concerning this subject and one of those books was Surprised by Suffering. I enjoyed reading another book by Dr. Sproul earlier this year. I have also enjoyed listening to his podcast on occasion too. From those experiences, I figured Dr. R.C. Sproul would provide some valuable insight… Although I certainly learned from this read, I feel this book should have been renamed Surprised by Death or Enduring Death and its Trials of Suffering instead.
Dr. Sproul dives into death’s devastating effects on humanity, animals, the planet, friends, families, and especially the dying person themselves. He also speaks of what those who are in Christ can look forward to after death. I found interesting the brief discussion of the Biblical and Philosophical aspects of the after life. And I really liked reading his Questions and Answers section too; very informative. Surprised by Suffering is a certainly a book which speaks about suffering, however I found its primary focus was towards the suffering unleashed by death. Although I feel the title is slightly misleading and some of the philosophical talk was a little dry, what this book teaches is applicable towards other forms of suffering too.
Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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