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Given previous book titles--Where Is God When It Hurts, Disappointment with God, and The Gift of Pain--one might jokingly suggest that in the Old Testament Yancey has found his true home. He acknowledges that in studying key sections of the Hebrew Bible (he concentrates on Job, Deuteronomy, The Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets) he found himself confronted by the core questions that haunt his Christian faith: Do I matter? Does God care? Why doesn't God act? As always, Yancey explores these central human questions with a style that is marked by directness, humor, and honesty. He writes not as theologian or mystic but as a questioning seeker. Rather than providing simple answers--he in fact says that "by no means did Jesus resolve the problem of pain"--he instead affirms the words of Thomas Merton, which he quotes in his Introduction: "There is ... nothing comfortable about the Bible--until we manage to get so used to it that we make it comfortable for ourselves."
Even as he finds the Old Testament a "companion for my pilgrimage," so is Yancey a companion for his readers, precisely through his willingness to ask --and his courage not to answer--all the hard questions. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was recommended by my pastor and is one of the best books I have ever read! Although I have always read and loved the Old Testament, this book gave me a great, new... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kathy
Good ideas. My favorite was psalms. Yancey brought much to light and gave good information.Published 1 month ago by Elaine
We did a study of the old testament at my church and this was the book used during that study. Yancey did a great job on helping me to understand the old testament better.Published 1 month ago by Carol H. Boyle
Yancey is one of my favorite authors. His perception results in clear interpretation that is refreshing.Published 2 months ago by Art Nickler
Not as much Meat as his earlier work.
Some of his other Books are really excellent with many good insights.
As I've come to expect from Yancey, this book is well worth the time to read it. I do feel that the title is a little misleading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason T.
One of Philip Yancey's best. One I would easily re-read and recommend to others. Yancey is a great writer and researcher.Published 3 months ago by Valerie E. Liggett
It was great reading with opportunity to give my opinion on the scripture affects my way of thinking. I like the personal involvement.
It was great!