“Why Me? When Bad Things Happen” by Mike Aquilina was initially going to be read to see if it could be of some use to other people who are in need. Well, it’s always interesting how the Spirit moves, isn’t it?
Let me give you some technical information on the book. On the cover it says 30-Minute Read, it is 50 pages long not including the prayers, and small enough to slip in a pocket or purse. And, I read it in less than 30 minutes, but I read quickly.
The book does not offer platitudes or pat answers. Aquilina reminds us that Christ is there with us in our suffering and there is a purpose to it. Ultimately, as Christians, our purpose is to become like Christ and by our suffering, we are joined to him most intimately. God does understand our suffering and Christ went through unimaginable physical suffering and mental anguish on the cross.
My favorite part of the book is the “Take Away” at the end of each chapter. All are excellent but one that particularly resonates with me is “When bad things happen, don’t ask “Why me?” but look for the good the Lord will bring from your suffering.” Also included are scripture passages and prayers that can be comforting in times of trouble. Everyone should get a copy of this book. Why? Because bad things happen to people all the time and either you need an answer for yourself or need to be able to help someone else.