Let me give it to you straight.
I don’t know if I would have bothered reading this book if it wasn’t written by Jennifer Rothschild.
I took part in a Bible study several years ago that was written by Jennifer. And the thing that just blew me away about her was the fact that she is blind. On top of all of that she is a good teacher and writer, she has a lovely singing voice, and seems so pleasant. But for me to watch those video sessions of her teaching and then to dig into God’s Word with her was transformative because I wanted to know how she still trusted in God after her eyesight failed, AND after praying so many times for healing just to still be blind.
So I was intrigued. I wanted to hear what Jennifer had to say about God not being fair. I figured if anyone had a reason to think that He isn’t fair it would be someone like Jennifer.
In her book, God is Just Not Fair, Jennifer Rothschild addresses six specific questions that anyone may find themselves asking God at some time or other:
- God, are You there?
- God, do You err?
- God, do You hear prayer?
- God, do You care?
- God, are You aware?
- God, are You there?
Honestly, this book wasn’t easy for me to read. It wasn’t easy staring my own doubts in the face. It wasn’t easy realizing that I put way more emphasis on “me” and not nearly enough on God. It wasn’t easy looking at questions about disease, abuse, murder – just to name a few – and walk away still without a concrete, solid answer.
Perhaps the most important thing I will take away from reading this book is that life is hard. Being a human is hard. Sometimes it is down-right horrific. But that doesn’t mean that God has abandoned us. In fact, Scripture tells us that He will never forsake us. He is always with us. He is always good. He always has a plan. Sometimes I don’t always “feel” this, but I can KNOW it. Especially if I believe the truth of Scripture.
Looking through the lens of my humanity I might scream at the top of my lungs that God isn’t always fair. But I know He loved us enough to send His Son to die for the sins of all mankind. And that deserves a great, big shout from the highest mountaintop.
You can learn more about Jennifer Rothschild on her website.
*I received a copy of this book in return for a review. All opinions are my own.*