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In Oceans Deep
Redemptive Suffering and the Crucified God

Eduardo Jose Echeverria

This book is written from the perspective of a grandfather who suffered the death of a beloved granddaughter. In dealing with his suffering, he addresses these questions: What reasons does he have for trusting God’s love, goodness, and providence—even when prayers go unanswered? Why does he grieve, but not without hope? Is perplexed, but not in despair? Why is he justified in trusting the Word of God as a reliable source of knowledge?

Experiencing suffering and evil is like being up to one’s neck in deep water, in oceans deep as it were. Yet, God’s grace abounds in deepest waters by virtue of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who “brings redemption not only to my suffering but also meaning to my death.” This book is written from the conviction that “There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil” (Catechism of the Catholic Church §309).

“In this volume, Eduardo Echeverria brings to bear his extensive theological erudition on a problem that seems intractable: innocent suffering. The author takes the reader on a profoundly insightful tour of the major themes which cluster around this crucial issue: the authority of God’s revelation; the problem of evil; the meaning and triumph of Christ’s cross; redemptive suffering; and the mystery of death.
In five briskly written chapters, Echeverria responds to the question: How can innocent suffering be reconciled with the goodness of God revealed in Jesus Christ? His theologically rich response provides a deeply thoughtful meditation on Christian faith and theology—and on the Divine Love at their foundation.
Also noteworthy is the beautiful Foreword to the volume by Genevieve Deely. The sudden death of her healthy baby daughter, Penny, inspired this book. Deely’s Foreword movingly chronicles a loving family’s pain, grief and unexpected blessings.”

Rev. Thomas G. Guarino
Professor of Systematic Theology, Seton Hall University

“Theology, especially philosophical theology, is sometimes described as an ‘ivory-tower’ activity, cut off from the real world. But in this powerful book, Echeverria shows how valuable it is to reason in faith when confronted with bitterest heartbreak. Staking his argument upon the truth of Scripture, the author explores the victory over suffering and death won for us by Christ; and he explains why our suffering and death find their meaning when united to Christ. His faithful reasoning displays profound paths for healing broken hearts.”

Matthew Levering
James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
ISBN:978-1-943901-07-4
LCCN:2018932666
Format:6.14x9.21” B&W soft cover
Size:162 pages
Publication:March 19, 2018
Price:$ 18.95 USD

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More Endorsements for In Oceans Deep: Redemptive Suffering and the Crucified God

“Eduardo Echeverria has done the seemingly impossible: written a deeply moving yet theologically rigorous book about the death of a child. Yet there is nothing maudlin about this book, which uses grief not to abandon thought but to think more profoundly about the existential crisis of grief and innocent suffering. It is rare for scholarship to be so healing. Strongly recommended.”

Angela Franks
Professor of Theology, St. John's Seminary

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