My New Book on Trials & Suffering: “Mad About God”

Mad About God final cover


This is my newest book, on persevering through trials and suffering, called Mad About God: When We Over-Spiritualize Pain and Turn Tragedy Into a Lesson.

When life hurts, we often turn the pain into a teachable moment: but not every pain has a bow-tie. Sometimes life just hurts, and we need the space to grieve. In this journey, we discover the nuances of loss and grief. We encounter real stories of suffering from real people, with no spiritualizing and no easy answers. In dismantling what doesn’t work – we might find what does.

If you or your friend are in the middle of a mess: this book is meant for ground zero. I also go over handling depression, faith-shattering doubt, “sexy cancer,” second world problems, misquoting verses for inspirational Instagrams, the hijacking of Jeremiah 29:11, and the theology of True Detective, Louis C.K., and The Shawshank Redemption.

Here’s a video on the themes of the book.

The book is available in both paperback and ebook.
Love y’all and be blessed ..!
— J.S.


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17 thoughts on “My New Book on Trials & Suffering: “Mad About God”

  1. man.. I see what your meaning, and i have heard the premise of what your saying before, because of the fall of man(Adam) there is sickness and disease, it wasnt God’s original plan. and that the second adam (Jesus) has redeemed that for us so that this life doesnt have to be our only hope. but it seems so paradoxical, I will be the first to admit Idk how God works, but i cant wrap my brain around God, in who he is as a father having control, but not having control. i think 95% of christians build a theology to fit their hurts and reason for this when bad things happen. All that to say. thanks for sharing and stiring up faith and questions

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    1. Hey dear friend, it is indeed a paradox.
      Just to be nerdy for a moment, in Christian theology, there are two opposing ideas about God’s order of creating the universe: supralapsarianism and infralapsarianism. The first would conclude that God authored evil into the world as part of our story, while the second says that the world broke apart from its original design.
      While I learn towards infralapsarianism, I probably hover between both. I do believe God is in control of a world that is fractured from its first intent. It’s such a delicate tension, and in that space, this is where we ask questions and vent and wonder why. I believe God allows that space for our honesty.

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  2. Reblogged this on Stumbling into Grace and commented:
    Good Morning .. Pastor JS Park has written a book about Trails and Suffering called “Mad about God”. It was my pleasure to read the ” draft” of Pastor Park’s book.
    Pastor Park writing touches on some very tough human emotion. His book does not sugar coat the trials. Pastor Park weaves real human stories with applicable Bible verse. His book guides the reader through the range of emotions like anger, depression and doubt.
    Consider reading “Mad about God” by JS Park. I recommend this book.

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          1. love it – happens all the time – I intend to purchase the book advertised – but when I get there – my heart turns me towards another – I like to think God is directing me, what do you think? 🙂

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  3. Thanks for including the video, that cleared a lot of things up. I felt a little confused about the description, and quite honestly a little upset. This sounds like a really interesting book, I may even read it (which says a lot because usually I only read the Bible haha). I myself have stage 4 cancer and have been put in a place where people ask me some tough questions as a believer. The truth is though that my purpose in the kingdom was unclear to me before cancer, God is in it, has allowed it, and has used it for good and for producing fruit. I may not agree 100% with everything you say, but I appreciate your willingness to explore God’s word beyond the basic comforting platitudes that we often spew at people who are hurting.

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    1. Thank you for your insight. I think it would be very difficult to agree 100% on everything, and I appreciate your thoughts about it. I do think that suffering itself can indirectly bring about strength in us, even if I’m unsure that this is what God is doing in the moment. So glad you can be a comfort to others as well.

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  4. Things that church don’t talk about is what I am trying to do. I also have a book coming out soon on Christian sexual topics. God bless on your book

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