Where is God by Dr. John Townsend is not all that I expected it to be. Quite frankly there are better books on the topic available in the market. The author does an excellent job of taking the reader through a series of questions and shares great clinical insight from years of practice. However the real insights don’t begin until near the end of the book. It seems as though I was sitting down with a friend to hear his latest thoughts on why God allowed suffering.
I enjoyed the wisdom I gained from Dr. Townsend’s years of clinical experience, the few references to scripture, and the stories of practical expression of the question, “Where is God?” A book like this aimed to be, needed to be grounded in scripture, up to date on relevant study and written by a man with years of clinical experience. In the end I felt as though only the last requirement was satisfactorily answered. Though Dr. Townsend has a well respected name in his field of work, I fear that is all that was driving this book. Though I agree with him in many areas he left too much unfounded and unsaid. I have a hard time recommending this book to anyone. For a topic this large a more complete treatment was necessary.
Where is God? is a book to read for anyone very unfamiliar with the scriptures and searching for a starting point. The retail price is $22.99 (Hardcover), and is available at places like Amazon.com for $15.63. I gave it two stars.
Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a free review copy from the Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ ). There was no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.