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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Why Doesn’t God Fix It? by Kimberly Rae takes on the big question everybody asks sooner or later: If God is so loving, why does He let bad things happen? Right up front, Rae clarifies that she does not have a definitive answer, but she does have biblical support for what she believes to be the case. Saddled with multiple chronic health issues, the author was recalled from the mission field in Bangladesh to a life of public speaking in the US. Inevitable questions would arise as some members of her various audiences would challenge her belief that God uses even chronic health issues to implement His will. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, as so many choose to do, Rae turned to the Bible for answers to her own personal questions. In Why Doesn’t God Fix It? she does a superb job of calling upon the examples Jesus gave us when he walked the Earth as a human being. As one who has also been saddled with a number of chronic health issues due to no fault of my own (i.e. nothing I did “caused” my lupus, hearing loss, or vision deficiencies), I was personally pleased to find the author and I were already of one mind.
Why Doesn’t God Fix It? is a very professionally written biblical response to the titular question. As someone who often ignores appendices when I read a book, I felt obliged to read Rae’s appendices in order to provide an accurate review. I am glad I did, because those appendices were filled with information as valuable as the body of the book. In fact, for one appendix she realized and admitted she had avoided a couple uncomfortable Bible verses that were easier to ignore than to rectify, so she dove in head first and tackled those verses quite astutely. All in all, Why Doesn’t God Fix It? is well written, easily readable, biblically correct and logically defensible. It is written as a Bible Study with each chapter focusing on a single topical discussion, followed by a series of questions and answers for subsequent group discussion. This is a book that should be in every church’s library. It would also make a very good text for a special Sunday School class or small-group read, particularly for any members suffering from a “why me?” response to their health concerns.