Raw, honest, intelligent
This book is a raw, honest, intelligent look at suffering, linking his own story of child abuse with other stories of suffering, and searching for God in the dark places. It had a ‘Philip Yancey’ feel about it, because of his clear writing and skilful storytelling, though a little more personal and ‘messy’. What I loved about this book was his honesty – which is to say that he doesn’t ‘let God off the hook’ in his questioning. So many books on suffering travel too quickly from the questions to the answers, but this book gives weight and value to the questions, and the state of feeling at sea. However, it doesn’t leave you at sea. Matt Bays digs deep into the depths, but takes you on a journey back out. One thing I really appreciated about this book was that I didn’t feel by the end of it that I had to follow a set path or solution in order to have my questions resolved – he leaves space for you to find your own way back. I found this book to be full of hope and light, and highly recommend this to anyone wrestling through their own questions about suffering. If you are screaming to God about the injustice of your own or others’ suffering, Matt Bays is the perfect companion for the journey.