When I talk with Christians about their struggles in faith, the question of evil invariably surfaces early on. When I talk with those who have come to faith as adults, very often I hear stories of how God or one of God’s angels in human form has been very present to them in times of suffering. When I talk with those who claim no faith, the philosophical and moral objections clustered around the question of evil tend to arise quickly. And when I talk with those who have been Christians but now claim no faith, I frequently hear stories of how other Christians’ thoughtlessness and heartlessness toward them at times of distress constituted the last straw. It is in the midst of such contexts that John Swinton has composed this thoughtful, heartfelt and deeply faithful response to the abiding question of evil.