The Quest For God In A Broken World

My Tsunami Journey

The quest for god in a broken world

My Tsunami Journey

How to reconcile belief in a loving God with the suffering of innocent humanbeings and earthly creatures in the natural world?

This question, as old as the Old Testament’s Book of Job, has been mainly grappled with over the centuries by learned theologians and philosophers. But in this groundbreaking work, the author is sent on a journey across thousands of miles to speak to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians like himself following the 2004 colossal Tsunami waves that killed more than 230,000 people

In the wake of such carnage, why do some people lose their faith while others emerge with it intact and strengthened? Are these events in the natural world really linked to divine justice as “punishment for sin”? And if not, what are the best possible explanations for why an intelligent and caring deity would fashion a world in which babies can die of leukemia and the elderly fall victim to deadly viruses such as Covid 19

This account will offer profound food for thought for troubled believers and curious agnostics alike.


What are they saying about My Tsunami Journey?

"In his stunning book, Dowd leads us on a frank, moving, and beautiful journey into the hardest challenge to faith: radical evil, especially in its most opaque form, natural evil - epitomized by the Asian tsunami of 2014.... His personal journal of faith and despair has now culminated in this most remarkable story. I urge everyone interested in such gut-wrenching events to read MarK's book - again and again."

Robert John Russell Founder and Director, center for Theology and Natural Sciences

"Dowd's own experience of loss and his own distinctive journey of calling and discovery are woven into a really compelling narrative. This is a book of great and transparent humanity."

Rowan Williams Former Archbishop of Canterbury

"Twenty years on from the great Asian tsunami, this is a tantalizing but ultimately satisfying read for all of those whose daily prayer is Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief."

Julian Filochowski Chair, The Archbishop Romero Trust

"Mark Dowd is a gifted storyteller on TV and radio and in print, with his own revealing reactions always part of the story. My Tsunami Journey brings this skill to bear on the problem of evil. Where this topic is normally addressed via analysis, Dowd goes for real-life stories that challenge the faithful and nonbelievers alike. Like the extraordinary TV documentary that began the project, this written continuation is both moving and inspiring."

Christopher Jamison, OSB Author of Finding Sanctuary
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My Tsunami Journey

Taking as his subject the Indian Ocean tsunami of Christmas 2004, former Dominican Friar Mark Dowd confronts a question that has troubled religious thinkers for centuries: how can belief in a benevolent God be reconciled with natural disaster?
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