by Gordon Wong
What: This is Wong’s attempt to explain the nature of the faith and hope we have in God of the Bible with “gentleness and respect.” And Wong is a gentle preacher but a firm and authoritative one. He acknowledges that in this fallen world there is suffering that cannot be reasoned away and that human beings do treat each other shamefully even Christians. It is our faith and hope however that allows us to look beyond this world because we have a saviour who knows what we are going through and he has conquered it all – “His resurrection gives us courage to swim through the rivers of suffering and death with certain hope of emerging on the other side, more alive than before.” Wong encourages his readers therefore to anchor their search for significance and meaning in life in the Rock of Ages.
How: Wong uses illustrations and examples that are relatable to set up the premise for each chapter, for example the types of suffering we face. He then presents several ways in which people have approached or reacted to these circumstances in a succinct manner. Wong then skilfully leads the readers to see that many of the prevailing attitudes and philosophies are lacking. It is only in the God of the Bible and the life, death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ, that we have a firm foundation to make sense of this confusing world.
Why: When I read this 128-page book, I was reminded of the hymn “Blessed Assurance.” From time to time, we all need a reminder that God’s love for us is a constant and His hope is not empty. This pastoral book is a good read for those who may be in a position to offer that hope to those buffeted by the storms of life.
By Lucilla Teoh, Treasure Trove Team Member