Review: My God Is True!
Paul Wolfe is a new author on the British scene who deserves to be read. He came close to never writing at all. At only 28 years old, newly married, he was diagnosed with cancer. He was studying for the ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary, and to use his phrase, had his life all scripted out for himself. But God showed him who is the real ‘scriptwriter’ of everything.
Thankfully for him the treatment he received was successful, and he has lived to tell the tale of the Lessons Learned Along Cancer’s Dark Road as the book’s subtitle puts it. There his very concept of the nature of God was challenged but ultimately strengthened. He proved God’s sovereignty to be a help, and not a hindrance. God’s goodness became more real to him, and not less.
When reading this book you feel something about it which is not frequently found in those of contemporary writers. It is sober and scriptural and searching. It puts eternal things before you in an earnest way. At the same time, in the sections when he is writing about the way events unfolded for him, he has an engaging sense of humour. I think younger readers should relate well to this, and indeed should not think the book as a whole ‘too deep’. There are too many ‘human interest’ type books out there which tell a moving story, but then have little meaningful theological reflection. This is intended not to be like that and it shows in its structure. Wolfe intersperses his personal story with chapters which plunge more deeply into some of the big theological issues he confronted. He then shows how they are no less applicable to us. Almost incidentally there is also some useful advice for how we can best support cancer victims and their families — what to say/not say, what to do/not do, etc.
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