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Bob Cornwall Essay

“I give my full recommendation to the book, even with its title!”

Kadee Wirick Smedley Essay

“Control even in cases of evil is impossible because it is against the nature of the God who is love.”

Scott Sloan Essay

“Questions about why people die early, suffering in the world, abuse, and evil are covered in Thomas Oord’s book.”

Rob Grayson Review

“Rare is the book that both stimulates clear theological thinking and brings pastoral comfort and encouragement; God Can’t is one such book.”

Jennifer Oberst Review

“If you have lost your way in the darkness of whatever your personal agony is, I encourage you to read this book.”

Jay McDaniel’s Essay

“Thomas Oord’s book, God Can’t, is written for the love-leaners of the world.”

Benjamin Davis Review

“A wonderful and accessible follow-up to Oord’s previous work, The Uncontrolling Love of God.”

Dan Held Endorsement

“God Can’t is a powerful account of what can happen through God’s creative synergy in relation to cooperative persons.”

Tim Reddish Review

“Don’t be fooled by a provocative title like God Can’t, this book is a positive, uplifting read!”

Sherri Walker Review

“This book is brilliant! … reading this book has made me re-evaluate the way I view everything…”

Andrew Davis Review

“Oord’s vision is biblically grounded and consistent with the central claims of Christian faith.”

Ryan Scott Review

“God Can’t is an excellent resource for any person (Christian or otherwise) struggling with suffering and faith.”

Julie Exline Endorsement

“Oord’s book takes on age-old problems of evil and suffering with a sense of freshness and immediacy.”

Sy Garte Review

“God Can’t is a remarkable and beautifully written book, with a number of important messages.”

Kevin Thomas Review

“Oord provides a paradigm from which I can begin to deal with my painful past and help others process theirs.”

Nancy Wallis Review

“God Can’t is a phenomenal, ground-breaking, and loving way into being transformed by God’s infinite love.”

Dyton Owen Review

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

Omar Reyes Review

“Oord challenges even the most ardent Calvinist to stop and think: What is the character of God? Ruthless or relational?”

Danny Prada Review

“Dr. Oord has the unique ability of taking complex theological scholarship and making it easily accessible to the everyday follower of Jesus.”

Book Launch Party

Thomas Jay Oord will read from God Can’t at the Idaho Book Launch Party January 15. Follow on Facebook Live.

Linda Kay Klein Endorsement

“Tom Oord presents a theology for the oppressed, the injured, the survivor who can be re-traumatized by theologies that insist their suffering is ordained.”

Patricia Farmer Endorsement

“What a refreshing change from books that declare God as loving, but with a caveat of ‘mystery’ when things go wrong.”

Anna Case-Winters Endorsement

“Oord gives us a clear and compelling alternative in this profoundly insightful and admirably accessible book.”

Gene Schandorff Endorsement

“I highly recommend God Can’t for persons dealing with pain, whether their own or that of someone they love.”

Lisa & Mike Steeves Endorsement

“God Can’t gives a good explanation to why we should not think God wreaks havoc one minute and comforts the next.”

Brittney Hartley Endorsement

“I recommend it for people who have lost their faith in God after spiritual, emotional, or physical trauma.”

Carolyn Savell Review

“This book is a must read for anyone who is either a victim or a survivor of abuse in any form.”

Eric Seibert Endorsement

Pastorally sensitive and theologically astute, God Can’t is exceptionally well-done…. Highly recommended!


Chapter 0

James K. Dew, Jr. and Chad Meister, eds. God and the Problem of Evil: Five ViewsDowners Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2017.

– Thomas Jay Oord, Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Exploration. Brazos, 2010.

– Janel Apps Ramsey and Thomas Jay Oord, eds., Women Experiencing Faith. SacraSage, 2018.

– Richard Rice, Suffering and the Search for Meaning: Contemporary Responses to the Problem of Pain. Intervarsity Press Academic, 2014.

Chapter 1

– Anna Case-Winters, God’s Power: Traditional Understandings and Contemporary Challenges. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox, 1990.

– David Ray Griffin, God, Power, and Evil: A Process Theodicy. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2004.

– Bradley Jersak, A More Christlike God. Plain Truth, 2016.

– Jessica Kelley, Lord Willing? Wrestling with God’s Role in Child’s Death. Herald, 2016.

– Janyne McConnaughey, Brave: A Personal Story of Healing Childhood Trauma. Cladach, 2018.

– L Michaels, Chris Baker, Gloria Coffin, Craig Drurey, Graden Kirksey, and Donna Fiser Ward, eds., Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Uncontrolling Love of God, with Introductions by Thomas Jay Oord. SacraSage, 2017.

– Thomas Jay Oord, “An Essential Kenosis Solution to the Problem of Evil,” and “Response to Others” in God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views. James K. Dew, Jr. and Chad Meister, eds. Downers Grove,   Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2017.

– Thomas Jay Oord, “The Divine Spirit as Causal and Personal,” Zygon 48:2 (2013): 466-477.

 Thomas Jay Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God. Intervarsity Press Academic, 2015.

– Wm. Paul Young, The Shack. Windblown, 2008.

Chapter 2

– Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Avery, 2015. 

– John B. Cobb, Jr., Jesus’ Abba. Philadelphi: Fortress, 2016.

– Terence Fretheim, The Suffering of God: An Old Testament Perspective. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984.

– Wm. Curtis Holtzen, The God Who Trusts. Intervarsity Academic, 2019.

– Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God. London: SCM, 1974.

– Thomas Jay Oord, The Nature of Love: A Theology. Chalice, 2010.

– Clark H. Pinnock, Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God’s Openness. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2001.

Chapter 3

– Bart D. Ehrman, God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer. HarperOne, 2008.

– Mark Karris, Divine Echoes: Reconciling Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God. Quior, 2018.

– Thomas Jay Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God. Intervarsity Press Academic, 2015.

– John Polkinghorne, “Kenotic Creation and Divine Action,” in The Work of Love: Creation as Kenosis, John Polkinghorne, ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2001.

– Shelly Rambo, Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining. Westminster John Knox, 2010.

– Bethany Sollederer, God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering. Routledge, 2018.

Chapter 4

– Kate Bowler, Everything Happens for a Reason…and Other Lies I’ve Loved. Random House, 2018).

– Benjamin L. Corey, UnafraidMoving Beyond Fear-Based Faith. HarperOne, 2017.

– Bruce G. Epperly, Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job. Energion, 2014.

– Jason Jones, Limping But Blessed: Wrestling with God after the Death of a Child. Fortress, 2017.

– Michael Lodahl, God of Nature and of Grace: Reading the World in a Wesleyan Way. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.

– Brian McLaren, A New Kind of Christian. Jossey-Bass, 2008.

– Stephen G. Post and Jill Niemark, Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving. Broadway Books, 2008.

– Paul Joseph Greene, The End of Divine Truthiness: Love, Power, and God. Wipf and Stock, 2017.

– Elie Wiesel, Night. Hill and Wang, 2006.

– Brian Zahnd, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God. Waterbrook, 2017.

Chapter 5

– Rob Bell, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. HarperOne, 2011.

– John Hick, Evil and the God of Love. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1966.

– Mark Gregory Karris, Divine Echoes: Reconciling Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God. Quior, 2018.

– C. Robert Mesle, John Hick’s Theodicy: A Process Humanist Critique. London: MacMillan, 1991.

– L Michaels, Chris Baker, Gloria Coffin, Craig Drurey, Graden Kirksey, and Donna Fiser Ward, eds., Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Uncontrolling Love of God, with Introductions by Thomas Jay Oord. SacraSage, 2017.

– Thomas Jay Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God. Intervarsity Press Academic, 2015.

– Eric A. Seibert, The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy. Philadelphia: Fortress, 2012.

– John Wesley, “On Divine Providence,” Sermon 67, The Works of John Wesley, vol. 2. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985.