3.5 out of 5 Stars
Author: Ed Dobson
Publisher: David C. Cook
Buy Seeing Through the Fog
Reading Level: Leisure
I’m drawn to stories especially those from a Christian worldview that address suffering. We will all meet that salty fellow in our life. We would do well to introduce ourselves. To sit down and have a drink or two with him.
Ed Dobson has done this. He was diagnosed with ALS (Louis Gehrig disease) in 2001. The normal life expectancy is 2-5 years. Yet he’s now lived almost 11 years. In Seeing Through the Fog, Dobson describes his personal struggle with his disease and suffering. Joni Eareckson Tada describes the book in the introduction, “This incredible story illustrates that hope is rock-solid and real, unshakable, immovable, and most of all eternal” (p. 10). Hope in God cannot be emphasized enough. Dobson’s faith stays strong but not without much exploration and inner development.
Ed came out of fundamentalism and so I sympathized with his journey. I was admonished as he shared the forgiveness he asked of Bob Jones III, James Dobson, and Jerry Falwell. It’s so easy to become bitter when moving out of a movement especially when you see the warts and all.
I enjoyed and was strengthened in my faith through reading Ed’s story but was also conflicted some things. He supports the choice of a friend to kill himself by declining food (pp. 21-26). He also struggles with the idea that God “gave” him the disease. “God could have prevented the disease. I do believe God can still heal me. But I don’t believe God is responsible for giving me this disease” (p. 64). When we talk about suffering we must careful to approach the topic pastorally. However, we should tease out what he means by suffering more before proclaiming “What kind of theology is that?!?” (p. 64). A post for another day.
Overall I was encouraged but maybe not my first recommendation for someone who is suffering and looking for answers. If you’re looking to empathize with those who are suffering than you won’t do better. Ed lays it all out there.