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Disappointment with God | [Philip Yancey]

Disappointment with God

Is God listening? Can he be trusted? In this book, Yancey tackles the questions caused by a God who doesn't always do what we think he's supposed to do.
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Publisher's Summary

Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In Disappointment with God, he poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if he cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from him after all?

Yancey answers these questions with clarity, richness, and biblical assurance. He takes us beyond the things that make for disillusionment to a deeper faith, a certitude of God's love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is.

©1988 Philip Yancey; (P)2008 Zondervan

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    cynthia Mississauga, ON, Canada 04-01-11
    cynthia Mississauga, ON, Canada 04-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "On the defensive"

    The premise of this book is that Richard, young acquaintance of Yancey's, lost his faith in the process of completing a degree at a Christian college-- prompting Yancey to embark on a two-week silent retreat in which he reads the Bible from cover to cover, attempting to find a response to Richard's questions.

    What results is a fairly traditional set of theodicies (attempts to explain the apparent co-existence of God and of evil). There are many such theodices floating around. In Disappointment With God, Yancey posits three of them:

    1. If God were more inclined to intervence in the world and to perform miracles, we would actually be less inclined toward faith-- we would gripe and be dissatisfied, as were the ancient Hebrews wandering in the desert with their pillar-of-fire God.

    2. Things may SEEM to be going horribly for us, but God has a greater plan, just as was the case for Job. Everything will eventually work out for the best.

    3. It may seem possible to explain the events of the world without God, but such a view is reductionistic, somewhat like characterizing a symphony in terms of its sound waves. (This discussion moves somewhat away from the Problem of Pain)

    That these (or any) theodices are problematic has been discussed at length elsewhere, and there is no space to do so here. To Yancey's credit, he at least writes with empathy and with a reluctance to blame either the victim, or anyone else, for the existence of pain. I also sense that he is opening these questions to a community for whom they are taboo.


    However, I dare say that Yancey ultimately fails to answer Richard's questions. His explanations for the Problem of Pain lead us to some rather terrible conclusions, in short, that for God, the end justifies the means and also the idea that to have faith un-bolstered by miracles is "worth" the sacrifice of human lives.

    For a more interesting consideration of "God's point of view", I would recommend "God: A Biography" by Jack Miles.

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    Belinda Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong 04-01-13
    Belinda Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong 04-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Disappointment with God?

    The book is honest and tries to deal with this very hard question truthfully. It's given me some answers and I'm satisfied with them.


    What other book might you compare Disappointment with God to and why?

    I haven't read any other books on this topic but what I liked about it is that Yancey did not try to 'convince' people about the reality of God, but dealt with this question honestly, giving his own 'doubtful' experience.


    What does Jay Charles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good reader but I guess his accent is difficult for me sometimes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book overall. I was inspired by it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manie Florida, USA 04-09-12
    Manie Florida, USA 04-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Yancey at his best. Extremely upliftting."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You will reconsider your times of doubt.


    What other book might you compare Disappointment with God to and why?

    Lee Strobel's


    Have you listened to any of Jay Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this was very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It changed me and took many doubts in God away.


    Any additional comments?

    For any Christian who experienced disappointments and sometimes feel that God is silent in times of his/her crisis. This is highly recommended.

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    Becky WEST BEND, WI, United States 01-09-12
    Becky WEST BEND, WI, United States 01-09-12

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    "Classic Book Excellently Read"

    This is a great narration of this classic book. For anyone who has ever wondered, "Why doesn't God just..." or "Where was God when..." this is a must-listen. The reader conveys the book's meaning well.

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    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 01-30-10
    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2004
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    "quality Yancey"

    I don't come away from these books with a great deal that I remember but the book is generally interesting and it is an important subject.

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