A great book, Yancey tells the stories of real people handling real problems and events in a manner that answers the question "What Good Is God?" Most of the stories in this book take place outside of the U.S. and give good insight to the world outside the typical suburban existence of Americans like me. One fascinating point discussed was the cycle of oppression and suffering which contributed to a people's realization of their need for God. Then as spiritual awakening and revival took place, prosperity, freedom, and liberty followed. Then the people would give in to excess and see less of a need for God. This particular point is summed up well by Jesus himself in Mark 2:17: "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." One of my favorite things about Philip Yancey is that he exceeds my expectations when I check out one of his books.