subtitle - innocent pain as a challenge to God - by Adrian Roberts
Inspired by the Book of Job, Out of the Whirlwind is a reflection on the challenge posed to the existence of a good and powerful God by the issue of innocent suffering. It takes the form of the author's reflections as he sits in a children's ward by the bedside of his disabled son, who is dangerously ill and may be about to die.
The reflections range over personal reminiscence, a consideration of some of the traditional arguments along with objections to them, and some dream sequences, at the end of which, like Job himself in the biblical tale, the narrator receives God's answer 'out of the whirlwind'.
Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann Hartley writes
'Adrian writes with courage and conviction, a love of scripture and theology, and is not afraid to place his own emotions and vulnerabilities into the proverbial light of day, so that we all can see what he is wrestling with. This is a story set in the midst of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. Who hasn't asked searching questions of God, and sought meaning in the apparent silence or glimpses of insight?'