When horrible things happen, we instantly feel the brokenness of a fallen, hostile, upside-down world.
Something deep inside us cries out for justice, and it points to a deeper human truth about the way we are made.
We see a sad, stark reality in contrast with a perfect ideal.
Justice is all about righting the wrong and making sure everyone pays. We don’t like to talk about that until we see the worst a human can do.
I don’t mean to use tragedy as a platform or talking point. We can’t explain away everything as God’s Will or saying “it’s society’s fault.“ No one should offer a theological reason about how this has a “higher purpose,” because even if it did, we’d be pretentious to say so.
Simply: something has been wrong with the human race since the beginning of time, and we all know it. We are free to say: this sucks, and it’s infuriating.
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starlight— asked a question:
What is your book “Mad About God” about?
Hey dear friend, thank you so much for asking. The book is about persevering through suffering, without glossy pep-talks and spiritualizing our hurt. The main premise is that both the church and pop culture usually offer platitudes and feel-good-isms about pain, when the reality of heartache is extremely gritty and staggering. I don’t believe every pain has a lesson; I believe life will hurt, and it’s okay to say it stinks. I talk about various ways we’ve over-romanticized pain, including statements like “Everything happens for a reason” and “God is using cancer to teach you a lesson.” I try not to resolve the tension too easily; there are no simple answers for suffering.
It’s probably my most personal and favorite book I’ve written. I talk about surviving suicide, my battle with depression, my friend’s battle with a rare terminal illness, losing my friend to murder, my bed-ridden cousin, my married friends dealing with a disabled child, and a ton of other real stories. I also go over Jeremiah 29:11, David & Goliath, Job, struggling versus selfishness, and facing injustice in the world. Please know, the book requires a little patience at the start and it can be a tough read – but I think it pays off in the end.
It’s on sale right now for 8.99 in paperback, with art by craelligraphy. It’s 3.99 in ebook and works on every device. To read an excerpt, check here. To hear an audiobook preview of the opening chapters, check here. You can read the reviews on Amazon if you’d like other opinions as well.
Be blessed dear friend, and much love to you. – J.S.