I wanted to recommend some books on a very controversial topic, the problem of evil. Like the prophets of the Old Testament, we will inevitably face questions of injustice and evil in our own lives and in the wider world. Destruction occurs somewhere every day, suffering is either our current or coming experience, and we must process these realities in ways which honor God and His word.
God has given great thinkers to His church who look at what the Bible says and offer help on this difficult topic of evil in the world. While I may not endorse everything in the books below, they’re worth our reflection. Though some of these books cover more subjects than the problem of evil, their treatment of the topic is worth the mention of the whole book.
In no particular order, I recommend:
(1) The Doctrine of God, by John Frame
(2) Suffering and the Goodness of God, edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson
(3) Evil and the Justice of God, by N. T. Wright
(4) Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor
(5) The Benefits of Providence, by James S. Spiegel
(6) God’s Greater Glory, by Bruce Ware
(7) The God I Don’t Understand, by Christopher Wright
(8) How Long, O Lord? by D. A. Carson
(9) Spectacular Sins, by John Piper
(10) The Secret Providence of God, by John Calvin
If you want a short treatment on the subject, I recommend Spectacular Sins by Piper. If you want a huge book to chew through, I recommend The Doctrine of God by Frame. If you want an academic treatment, I recommend either Frame’s book or God’s Greater Glory by Ware. If you want a book that deals with a continuum of issues related to suffering, yet isn’t overly complex, I recommend How Long, O Lord? by Carson.
If you purchase one and read it, let me know what you think. Happy reading!