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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.
I have read a number of Yancey's books and really like him as an author but this one disappointed me. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Crank
He did a marvelous job of showing me the importance of the Old Testament. I know the whole Bible is the Word of God but he gave me a different perspective regarding the O.T.Published 1 month ago by JoRei Schnaible
Every Christian should read this book. I have taught Sunday school for almost 50 years and just finished the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linwood B. Callis
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 5 months ago by Kathy
Good ideas. My favorite was psalms. Yancey brought much to light and gave good information.Published 5 months 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 5 months ago by Carol H. Boyle
Yancey is one of my favorite authors. His perception results in clear interpretation that is refreshing.Published 6 months ago by Art Nickler