When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen?
But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God’s ways were wild and strange, they were always good.
Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God’s ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there’s always reason for hope.
There isn’t anything not to like about this book. Right from the first chapter Chin pulls readers in with his humor and humility. Then he holds our attention with the many trials he and his family face. It is an uncommon book that can you want to cry one minute and then laugh out loud the next.
What makes this book so great is that Chin’s story could be anyone’s story. We all face trials and tests. It isn’t even that uncommon for our trials and tests to compound upon one another, just as Chin’s did. The reminder in the book is that no matter what happens, whether we understand it or not, God is in control and He is good. We don’t have to lose hope.
I loved the stories of surprising sources of support and encouragement, especially from the driver that Chin rear-ended on his wife’s first day of chemo. It served as a reminder to me to try and offer grace and mercy to others in all circumstances because we really don’t know what they are going through.
This is a great book for anyone to read, whether you or someone you know is going through a trial related to cancer, or just trials of life. It offers encouragement and reassurance that even in the darkest of days, we are not alone.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.