it sounds like you may have missed some of the authors points and also are misunderstanding what Genesis 1:31 means when it says ‘tov meod’ (very good)
First ‘tov’ does not mean morally good or perfect, it means something closer to functional. God’s declared his creation very functional, not morally good or perfected.
There are 2 “problems” right from the start in Genesis 1: on day 2, heaven and earth are separated and that is why day is not even declared good, then on day 5 you have the ‘tanniniym’ as I mentioned in my last post.
The author points out that God is a master artist and in the same way that Shakespeare wrote tragedies and still wept when the characters died at the end, he still thought of it as ‘good’ (even though he considered the deaths in one sense of the word ‘bad’ as they made him weep, but they were ‘good’ in a different sense because it wouldn’t be a great story without them). This is a better idea of what Genesis 1 means by good.
Paul says that creation is groaning in birth pains, but in the same train of thought, he previously said that we have been made heirs with Christ…“provided that we suffer with him in order that we may be glorified with him”, and he says similarly in 2 cor that this “light and momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal wait of glory beyond all comparison”. Thus Paul never saw the current sufferings of this present age a an accident that God never intended and that we only have to go through because things got messed up and off track, but something that God beautifully designed from the start to prepare us to become heirs of Him and of His creation.
Thus the temporary state of this world is a good part of God’s design to prepare us to co-rule with him for all of eternity and as the author is pointing out this means we need to have an appreciation for it and wrestle with this all being part of Gods design and not an accident caused by Satan or us messing things up.
Genesis 1 declares it was all part of Gods good design in creation for forces of evil and chaos to be present from the start. These forces are shown as being defeated in Revelation when the beast is defeated, the sea is no more and heaven comes down to earth.
Yet one of,the points the author is making is that if we view the current state of nature as a result of Satan or of human sin, we give them to much credit and avoid seeing these part of Gods masterfully design and we should instead appreciate all aspects that the master artist has made, and like Shakespeare weeping over his characters dying at the end this isn’t contradictory to seeing God as one who also hates evil and is one who is compassionate in our suffering, and also is not incompatible with the future Christian hope of a day when there will be no more suffering, chaos and violence.