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Disappointment With God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud Mass Market Paperback – February 18, 1997
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Yancey uses the book of Job in a way that many of us may never have seen to present God's case. He gives gentle answers; very important and human answers to these very human questions and hurts. He doesn't pretend to know all the answers and he refuses to give any canned or cliched replies. But he does give his best, and his best is remarkably worthy. You can see that Yancey himself has struggled greatly with these issues, and his empathy and experience show.If you've ever dealt with these questions, with the disappointment with God to any degre, or if you know someone who has, you must read this book. Five Stars (a rating that Yancey is very familiar with).
Despite Richard's prayers and service to God, his life had come unglued. His fiancée dumped him, a job fell through, his health declined, and so on. Richard felt betrayed, and finally broke from God. Many people have shared Richard's anguish over what appears to be meaningless suffering. How is it that one can love God and do everything right, yet have his or her life crash and burn? In contrast, how do bad people seem to get away with, and even prosper, because of sin? Who wouldn't question God when children die in agony and dictators live to a ripe old age in opulence? Like Richard, some have lost their faith because they could not reconcile the idea of a loving and omnipotent God with the existence of suffering.
An atheist will say, "Of course you have disappointment, because there is no God." Others, like Rabbi Kushner, imply that God doesn't have the power to halt all suffering. And there are those who insist that an omnipotent God who allows suffering cannot be good. Mr. Yancey deals with these angles in chapters with provocative titles such as: "Why is God Silent?", "Is God Unfair?", and "Why God Doesn't Intervene.Read more ›
So Yancey secluded himself in a cabin for a couple of weeks and read through the entire Bible, and during that time he realized many profound things about the character of God as it relates to our emotional suffering. The first half of the book deals with the character of God in the Old Testament; and Yancey theorizes(in the context of the people of Israel) why God might seem/be more hidden or silent to us. His theory makes so much sense, that when you read it, you'll wonder why you never put the pieces together before. The only bit of advice I would offer about you reading this book would be for you to make sure that you are not becoming less disappointed with God as a result of expecting less from Him.
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Author offers a clear, funny and succinct journey of all Bible characters when it comes to disappointment with God. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brigid Kertland
This book was a hard read because the letters are small, but that's okay.Published 1 month ago by 2poms
Absolutely phenomenal! His tracing of God's interaction with humans from the beginning of creation helps one to see the love, active care, and emotion God put into his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by priscilla carlson
I thought he did a good job of exploring why God might be silent, hidden, doesn't simply stop evil. I would love to read his other booksPublished 3 months ago