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Thomas Jay Oord is a breath of fresh air in a climate that is often stale and stagnant.

In his latest book “God Can’t!” Thomas Jay Oord jumps fearlessly into the middle of the theological briar patch of theodicy. In his signature engaging and accessible way, Oord addresses the tough questions we all have asked: If God is good, why does God allow bad things to happen? If God is love, why is there so much evil in the world? And in answering the hard questions, he provides help and hope to all of us by reminding us that God is consistently loving, even in the face of suffering and abuse. Throughout its pages, Oord shows us how we can still believe in God and love in spite of torment and adversity, both personal and communal. This book is an outstanding resource for any of us who have experienced personal evil or pain.

“God Can’t”! is an excellent companion book to Oord’s other book, “The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence”, and “Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Love of God,” compiled to further explore Oord’s idea of God’s uncontrolling love.

If you read one book this year, make it “God Can’t!”

Dyton Owen, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Junction City, KS

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