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Sooner or later we're all affected by suffering and evil—sometimes in horrible ways—and we often want to know why.
In this short book, Scott Petty guides us through the Old Testament story of Job—a man who suffered excruciating pain and grief without ever knowing why. On the way through, Scott deals with some of the common questions people have about suffering and evil:
Like all the Little Black Books, this one gets straight to the point.
In this book Scott Petty addresses the question of why there is suffering and evil in our world, why it sometimes impacts us personally, and how we respond to God when it does. He does this by diving deep into the Old Testament book of Job.
Sooner or later our teenager’s faith is going to be challenged by these questions. And with the current situation we’re all in, it may well be now.
So here’s my suggestion: get a copy of the book for you and a copy for them. As you each read an agreed section (separately) use the Swedish Method on it—that is, you both put three types of marks in the margin:
Once you have both done this exercise for your agreed section of the book, set aside some time to talk together about it. Start by praying that God would help you to learn and grow together, and to encourage each other. Then share the bits of text you each put a light bulb next to, and explain to each other why you marked them that way.
Next share your question marks. If you feel like you can answer some of your teenager’s questions, by all means do that. But if they are really curly questions, maybe admit you need some time to think about it and commit to coming back to them with your best answer soon.
Finally share your arrow applications, and pray together about those.
Meaningful conversation with a teen can sometimes feel like rocket science! But having something to read and talk through can really help. What a great blessing you could give to your teenager by doing this with them at this time.
Scott Petty is an experienced pastor and Bible teacher. Prior to pastoral ministry, he was an addictions counsellor and community development worker. Over his 20 years in ordained ministry he has worked in church plants, as chaplain to Macquarie University, and in parish churches in southern, northern and western Sydney. He is a husband, father and grandfather.
A series of books that get straight to the point on the topics that Christians always have questions about. Not too big, not too fancy, and not at all boring. LBBs are ideal for young Christians (ages 14-20+), but speak biblical truths applicable to any age range.
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