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God Can't

How to Believe in God and Love After Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils
Narrated by: Thomas Jay Oord
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Hurting people ask heart-felt questions about God and suffering. The usual answers fail. They don't support the truth God loves everyone all the time. God Can't gives a believable answer to why a good and powerful doesn't prevent evil.

Author Thomas Jay Oord says God’s love is inherently uncontrolling. God loves everyone and everything, so God can't control anyone or anything. This means God cannot prevent evil single-handedly. God can’t stop evildoers, whether human, animal, organism, or inanimate objects and forces.

God Can't was written in understandable language. Thomas Jay Oord's status as a world-renowned theologian brings credibility to the book’s radical ideas. He explains these ideas through true stories, illustrations, and scripture.

God Can't is for those who want answers to tragedy, abuse, and other evils that make sense!

©2019 Thomas Jay Oord (P)2019 Thomas Jay Oord

Critic reviews

"To find your understanding of life and your love for God renewed, read this book." (Dr. Karen Strand Winslow, Ph.D., Professor of Bible, Azusa Pacific University)

“Victims of trauma sometimes hear theological responses that imply their suffering is somehow “God’s will." Oord gives us a clear and compelling alternative in this profoundly insightful and admirably concrete and accessible book.” (Dr. Anna Case-Winters, Professor of Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary)

“I know of no book that speaks to suffering with the depth of theological sophistication and psychological sensitivity as God Can’t. I recommend it to my students, parishioners, and therapy clients.” (Dr. Brad D. Strawn, Professor of Psychology and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary)

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Definitely every one needs to read this

Awesome book just super sad it had music in it as it interiors my learning and enjoyment!

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  • Scot
  • 13-12-19

Good to listen to new perspective

Jay Oord does a good job laying out some interesting ideas. This is not overly theological or easy reading. You need to think about what he says and make you’re own conclusions. This book is a great thinking starter.

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  • michael miller
  • 28-08-19

Logical

I don't agree with everything presented, but it was well thought out, and makes logical sense.

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  • Fred La Plante
  • 15-06-19

Great treatise on the problem of evil

Dr. Oord wrote one of the best treatises on the problem of evil. It is well thought out from relational theology. The idea of "God Can't" resonate with me. It may seem a bit heretical in light of God's omniscience and omnipotence but stays true to the orthodox view of God's love. He does a great job making you think. The questions at the end of the chapters help develop your own views. The book will be great in a small group. Just be ready to have lively discussions!

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  • Sandora Davidson
  • 18-04-19

A book that changes everything we thought we knew about God

If you are seeking to understand one of the most perplexing theological questions...this book is essential listening. Masterfully written and narrated ...Oord is able to make a compelling case for why God can’t do anything alone to intervene in the evils of the world.

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  • Vince Flippo
  • 19-03-19

Embracing the Mystery

Thank you for helping me to see God more lovingly and compassionately. As a pastor of many who have grieved immensely, I have agonized over much of my own faith. This helps. Vince Flippo

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  • Alec Parker
  • 14-06-20

Incoherent, Unnecessary

This book is Thomas Oord’s attempt to answer the problem of evil from the perspective of open theology. Though the book tackles some interesting questions and poses some valuable answers, this book leaves much to be desired. It fails over and over again to adequately deal with Scripture, it makes dangerous assumptions about what love is, and it’s conclusions about God mean that God is ultimately unnecessary. God might as well not exist for he cannot even overcome the will of a single cell. There is also a lot of straw-manning of opposing views that makes for a weaker argument overall. Oord has a pleasant voice and does an adequate job narrating the book, but the book is sprinkled with instrumentals to break up the sections. The music is dated and badly recorded. Additionally, it seems the book was recorded in one take as several mistakes and misspeaks were kept in the final product. The editing sometimes cut off words or phrases as well. I cannot ultimately recommend this book.

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  • Vance
  • 18-04-20

paradigm game-changer!

having been both a former Catholic, ex atheist, now just a loving Christian, this book has helped tremendously! my trauma I experienced with the Evangelical community was deep-seated and destructive. cult-like almost. I have been through extensive counseling that still had not seemed to get at the root of the problem, but this book finally addressed all the dirty issues I faced and dealt with. It will change your views of God, but I promise you, it will change them for your and God's betterment!

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  • Pam R
  • 31-03-20

Great truths that will make trusting God possible.

There are so many lies that the church has taught us about God’s character that makes it not really possible to trust God or to want to be close to Him. This book is awesome at resolving so many of those issues so we can live a life in the arms of a truly loving God. Thank you Thomas Jay Oord!

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  • Stephen M McLain
  • 19-02-20

Thought Provoking

An excellent read that expands the discussion on the nature of God and suffering. The thoughts and ideas set forth in this book deserve consideration alongside the others that propose a reconciliation between a loving God and a suffering world. I have struggled with this question for over ten years and am always interested to find something like this that takes an honest approach to answering the question. Now that I have the basic premise, I'll be reading his other books to gain a bit more depth and explanation. My mind is not made up, but this has definitely given me a new perspective.

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  • Daniel
  • 26-02-19

not what I expected to hear

The amount of music transitions present in this recording illustrate well the overall noncohesive nature of the book. A little bit here, a little bit there, stop...go... Lots of good ideas but would have liked to hear a more scholarly composition with more focus expounded upon solid data. Great direction though Jay 🤙

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