Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions, written by Jeremiah J. Johnston, focuses on 6 tough questions taken from thousands of questions he received at his events. Topics covered are: when God does not answer prayer, the resurrection of Jesus, suicide and mental illness, paranormal allure among Christians, knowing “just enough” about the Bible, and pain and suffering. Each section of the book is finished with a short section he calls “Engagement Principles” in which he encourage us to take these answers to the world around us through leadership opportunities.
There are several parts of the book that I found very interesting. I found the author’s topic on the paranormal very interesting. He uses examples from the bible to teach us about testing the spirit and understand the the paranormal teaches a false gospel. I also found the part on pain and suffering very interesting. Many times when asked how we are, we simply say fine. This part of the book focuses on Paul and his writing in 2 Corinthians. Using Paul’s writings, the author stresses we should be honest about our pain and suffering. If we are suffering we should go to our pastors, our friends and share with them. We should not bottle things up and God does not want us to hide our emotions.
The part I appreciated the most was the section on mental illness. Of all the years of attending church, I have never heard a sermon on this topic. Yet I have heard many in the church whisper negative comments about people who struggle with mental illness. Many do not understand mental illness is an illness, just like diabetes and high cholesterol for example. And it needs to be treated and not looked down on. I appreciated the author spending the time to write about this, this helpful suggestions for talking with people with mental illness. As a wellness facilitator I really appreciated this. And I will be keeping this in mind when I am put in the situation of helping those who do not understand mental illness.
I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.
Published by: Whitaker House
Category: Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth