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Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It: Why We Suffer and How We Can Hope

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
During colonial times the British living in India tried to play golf, only to be frustrated by monkeys who disrupted the game by chasing the golf balls and creating chaos. The British tried erecting fences and posting guards to keep the monkeys back, but eventually decided to play the ball where the monkey dropped it -- as we often must do in life, to live as best we can w ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by HarperOne (first published August 1st 2001)
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I did struggle with this book--for being such a short book it sure took me a while to get through it.

The main thing that didn't set well with me was the author's assertion that God is not all powerful. The author used this assertion to balance the claim that God loves us and does not want us to suffer (being that if he were all powerfull and he really loved us, he'd prevent the car from sliding off the road, etc.)

If this notion doesn't set well with you, the book still has a lot to offer. It des
A quick read of a Presbyterian's experience with innocent suffering, and the theology he's cobbled together to (try to) offer solace. Most interesting suggestion: that God's power should be understood as a "power of persuasion" (i.e., a power to persuade people to "do the right thing"), rather than a power to prevent those events which cause suffering.
Jeri Elder
GREAT book!! by the former pastor of our church Chester Presbyterian in Chester Va. Very wise man.
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