Book review by Joy-Jordan Lake

Why Did This Happen to Me, Aunt Lou is a valuable book. Not only is it charmingly illustrated, but it also gently and clearly helps children confront the incredibly difficult issues of free will and theodicy (why bad things can happen to innocent people) and where God might be in the suffering. These are tough topics even for adults to handle in healthy ways, but in this rare book, the author Rachel Hall Stolle writes with compassion and empathy, leading children to understand that most crucial of points, that when bad things happen in their world, God is with them in their pain.

Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake is a professor and the author of five books, the latest of which is a novel, Blue Hole Back Home.


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