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If you are like me, your brain doesn’t shut off. It used to, and boy, do I miss those days. As Mr. Monk would say, “It’s a blessing…and a curse.” With this, I think deeply about things. This last year, I have been told more times than I wish that I overthink things. Even at my job,…
Yet, my goal is to understand and make sense of things; especially God. How can God be good when __________ (You fill in the blank).
This led me to request to review God Over Good.
As I mentioned, I want to make sense of God. I want things to make sense (and I think they should). Yet, I don’t understand things about God and I do not like that. Luke Norsworthy was extremely relatable. He is a great story teller (and includes humor). I could relate to his struggle with understanding God.
The biggest take away for me was asking myself, “What are my expectations of God?”–What happens when those expectations are not met? Honestly, I am still wrestling with that.
I did appreciate Luke’s connection back to Jesus-the answer lies with Jesus on the Cross. While this doesn’t settle a lot of my questions, I do appreciate Luke’s connection back to Jesus to answer tough questions.
With this said, I do not recommend this book. I hate to say this, but there are some heretical ideas in this book. I so want to recommend it, but one story in particular stands out (that could have been omitted). Luke Norsworthy shares a story about someone thinking God asked him to forgive him. Yes, take a moment and read this over. If God asked someone to forgive him, this implies God is not perfect and sins and therefore went against his own character, or God is infact not good and is evil. Either way, this is wrong. Norsworthy does mention that he isn’t sure if God asks for forgiveness or not, but why would you present such an idea and not even be sure?
The whole book isn’t bad, but with the example mentioned above, it’s a pretty big one and one that I cannot pretend to gloss over. There are other concerns, too, but this one was the biggest issue for me.
Again, I love how relatable the author was for me and he did challenge me with my expectations of God–which I am thankful for. I am also thankful for the author’s vulnerability in discussing his own struggle with God. So many times people do not feel like they can confess their struggles in the Church, which is very sad.
All in all, I have to give this review a 1 star review due to the heretical idea presented in this book. I hate to do this, but it’s a pretty big issue (This review is based on a pre-release digital copy).