Book Review: Where the Hell is God?

31/03/2011 1:50 pm

Fr Richard Leonard SJ

Australian Jesuit priest Fr Richard Leonard has written a thought-provoking book on suffering and God's place in our darkest moments. We often hear questions like 'Why does God let bad things happen to good people?' and 'Why does God allow natural disasters to happen?' This book, in a highly accessible 67 pages, takes a close look at these questions and proposes some challenging answers.

But Where the Hell is God? isn't just the product of theological reflection on the 'big' questions, it was 22-years in the writing and started as a personal response to a family tragedy. When his sister Tracey, a talented nurse who worked with the poorest and most in need in missionaries throughout India and Northern Australia, is involved in a terrible accident that leaves her a quadriplegic, Richard's mother challenges him with the question that went on to become the title of the book.

"My mother turned to me and said 'Where the Hell is God?' - and rather than anger, it was a statement of desolation. Over the last 22 years, I realised that a lot of Christians - a lot of Catholics - touch that in life and some walk away from faith because people can't provide decent answers to that question. At these pivotal moments when we feel most distant from God, we need to have something more intelligent to say than 'It's all a mystery'."
Fr Richard Leonard SJ

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Duration: 21m 53s


Fr Richard Leonard

Fr Richard Leonard SJ on his book 'Where the Hell is God?'   where-the-hell-is-god.mp3 8.36 MB