If God Loves Me, Why This?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, LDSFiles.com Staff Writer

If God Loves Me, Why This? by Kim A. Nelson. Published by Deseret Book.

In this book, Kim Nelson discusses why a loving God allows bad things to happen to His children by introducing and explaining four truths. They are: (1) understanding our value by understanding our role in the Plan of Salvation, (2) God is our Father and His love has no boundaries, (3) Satan will do anything possible to keep us from feeling God's love, and (4) we have a unique purpose and we are here to learn to be like our Father.

This book is fairly short, it's easy to read and understand, and the concepts are not very deep. Even those who get distracted easily could find it compelling. However, it provides a lot of things to think and ponder about. It presents idea after idea through the entire book that can have us think how we respond to the four truths that were introduced. It can make us reevaluate our beliefs.

For example, one of my favorite paragraphs in this book is: "One reason it's sometimes difficult to see the positive instead of the negative is that the world we live in can be a scary place, and we have to be aware of that to protect ourselves and those we are responsible for. We are always looking for trouble, solving problems, and putting out fires....Is it any wonder that we have to remind ourselves to be positive? For every silver lining, we have been warned about a hundred dark
clouds." I have thought about that a lot and realized it is true. It has helped my perspective in trying to stay positive. It can help us to be aware of why we behave in certain ways.

I thought this book was quite profound, easy to read, and it can help bring peace and understanding about our trials for ourselves and others.