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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 18, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031021436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310214366
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? In this profoundly personal book, these questions are answered with clarity, richness, and biblical certainty. Philip Yancey points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Disappointment with God 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.

From the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor at Large for Christianity Today magazine. His books The Jesus I Never Knew and What's So Amazing About Grace? were national best-sellers appearing on both the Publisher's Weekly and ECPA lists. Both books also won the Gold Medallion Book of the Year Award. Yancey has written eight Gold Medallion Award-winning books, including Where Is God When it Hurts? Disappointment with God, and The Gift of Pain. He co-edited The Student Bible, which also won a Gold Medallion Award. He and his wife live in Colorado. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

I worked for 10 years as an Editor and then Publisher for Campus Life magazine. There I learned journalistic skills (there's no tougher audience than teenagers), but every year it seemed I wrote fewer and fewer words. In 1980 my wife Janet and I moved to downtown Chicago where I began a career as a freelance writer. (She has worked as a social worker and hospice chaplain--which gives me plenty of material to write about!) We lived there until 1992, when we moved to the foothills of Colorado. I've written around 20 books, most of them still in print, thankfully. Three of them I coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand, who influenced me more than any single person. My own favorites are "Soul Survivor" and "Reaching for the Invisible God" because both of them forced me to dig deep and get personal. I'm a pilgrim, still "in recovery" from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that interest me.

Please visit my website at www.philipyancey.com for more information, essays, events, travel notes, and a blog.

There is also an official Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/PhilipYancey?v=wall

Customer Reviews

Anything written by Phillip Yancey is very good reading.
Lena Norris
Books grappling with the question of where God is when terrible things occur are not uncommon but Philip Yancey does an exceptionally good job in his try at it.
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I read a lot books, but there have only been a few that I believe God made sure got into my hands so He could speak to me through them.
Ronald Broome

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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful By mjanke on October 5, 2000
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This is, hands down, the best treatment on the subject of the problem of pain that I have ever read. Where Yancy's Where Is God When It Hurts deals more with physical pain, Disappointment With God deals with the emotional and mental side of the problem. Every human being at one time or another will deal with this issue, to some degree. Why does God seem distant when we need to feel Him most? Why do bad things happen if He loves us? How come He was so present and vocal in the Bible, but not today? Is God fair? I only want a sign, a small sign; why doesn't He answer? Hard questions such as these plague everyone's mind at some time, and often drive a wedge in a person's faith. Does God care?
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).
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on December 7, 2005
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Years ago, Philip Yancey was contacted by a young theology student named Richard. One of his professors had encouraged Richard to expand an exemplary paper about Job into a book. Mr. Yancey was impressed with the draft, and even agreed to write the forward for publication. But by the time it reached the publishers, Richard had lost his faith. He no longer believed what he'd written. "Disappointment With God" was born out of several frank conversations between Mr. Yancey and Richard about the nature of suffering and what God should be doing about it.

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.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Bethany McKinney Fox on July 31, 2000
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This book is a must read for anyone who wants to have a fuller understanding of who God is and how we can view and work through those feelings of anger and disappointment when He doesn't do what we want him to do. It's not just for someone going through a dry period in their relationship with God (although it's GREAT for those dry periods). Phillip Yancey wrote Disappointment with God after he wrote Where is God When It Hurts which is about where God is in the midst of our physical pain. This is because he got a lot of letters from readers of Where is God When It Hurts who wondered "Where is God when it hurts emotionally?"
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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "zartigulus" on December 10, 1999
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This book helped me to understand why God does things the way he does them. I had never considered God as an emotional God except in terms of wrath and compassion, but Yancey shows us a God who loves his people deeply and has done everything he could possibly do to prove his love for us and that he is worthy of our love in return. He delivered his chosen people from bondage in Egypt through a parted sea in front of them and a pillar of fire behind them, and no sooner than they stepped onto dry land they began complaining. Time and time again God showed his might, his miracles and his faithfulness to his people, and time after time his people lost interest and turned to idols and immorality, but they would not return his love.
After thousands of years of displaying his might and grandeur God went silent for 300 years. No one heard a peep...until that star appeared in the East and angels announced the coming of the Messiah, the one who was prophecied to come to earth and build God's kingdom...and so here we are with a God who challenges us to love Him because of faith, not because he can flood the earth or speak through a burning bush.
God knew it would come to this, but he provided a sacrifice in our place through Jesus and that created a narrow gate where people all over the world have set aside their idols and selfishness in order to journey there and enter through that narrow gate, which is Jesus Christ. People now choose to love God by faith, not because of demonstrations of his power.
All he ever wanted was to be loved and praised by his creation and this book chronicals God's attempts to win the hearts of his people and how he got around our stubbornness. I highly recommend it!
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