Sunday, October 30, 2011

Torn by Jud Wilhite

In today's world of dissapointments, hardships and depression, the book Torn: Trusting God When Life Leaves You in Pieces by Jud Wilhite is very relevant.  Wilhite does not present Christianity as a utopia where one's problems always go away and everything works out perfectly in finance, family and health.  The prosperity gospel paints a distorted view of faith, and it results in many disolusioned individuals.  In contrast, this book points out the error of prosperity teaching and the disservice it does to those seeking truth and in seeking a relationship with God. 

In contrast to the previous book I reviewed by the same publishing group, Relentless, this book shows that illness, death, poverty and other adverse circumstances do in fact affect believers with a strong faith.  In fact, in this fallen world, we can not escape the consequences of sin, sickness, financial issues, health issues, crime, death or natural disasters.  The important thing is not to see illness or adverse circumstances as a result of weakened faith.  The author shows it is possible to strengthen one's peace, and relationship with God, even when the world around you is falling apart.  This book illustrates this with the examples of Job and Joseph.  It even shows the suffereing Jesus went through in the Garden of Gethemane, when he too suffered and experienced pain.  God does not ignore our prayers or our hardships.  As a blogger for Water brook multnomah publishing group, I receieved this book for the purpose of writing this review. 

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