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Disappointment With God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud Mass Market Paperback – February 18, 1997
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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 ›
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).
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.
Philip Yancy repeats many times in this book that he does NOT know and understand it all. But his intention is to help some things make at least a little more sense. When I read this book, I was full of anger and bitterness toward God, although I had been a Christian since my teenage years. My problem was that my mind's understanding of God and the things that my belief and faith were rooted in were things that I had heard preached and taught over years about God, but were really not accurate in terms of who God really is, what He is like and how He operates. Therefore, I had unrealistic expectations about Him and that caused me to be "disappointed" with Him over and over again.
This book is not perfect, but I believe that after reading it, my understanding of who God is and how He goes about things is, at the very least, quite a bit more accurate. When you have been taught to believe that God is basically a "sugar daddy" who will give you anything you want and do for you anything you want done... it leads to hurt and disappointment because God will not pretend to be something that He is not just because you were taught that He was. This book helped me to love God just the way He is... and not according to the "genie in a bottle" perception that I had of Him.
I read this book about 4 years ago and I have NOT felt angry, bitter or dissappointed in Him since. It really helped me to love Him for who He is and not because of all the amazing things He can do for me.Read more ›
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So often we, as the church, answer the hard questions or life with simple platitudes rather than take the time necessary to search the Scriptures and the heart of God. Read morePublished 28 days ago by gw53
I have read and reread this wonderful book. Yancey clearly identified so many of my struggles and the long term solutions I had come to through experience . Read morePublished 28 days ago by Charlotte Balliet
Of the thousands of books I've read, this one is on my top 10 list. Phillip Yancey has become my favorite author by way of his extraordinary ability to communicate simple truths... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Snagbob
One of my favorite books. I bought this copy for a friend. Very helpful and highly recommended for anyone wanting a relationship with GodPublished 2 months ago by A. Borkowicz
It is helping me heal. It explains how God is silent and uncooperative not only in our prayer life but also our life in general.Published 2 months ago
this book asks and answers three difficult questions about God. While I don't always agree with everything Yancey says, he provides a really good overview of God's interaction with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stylo123
It was sincere and I'm sure very ehlpful to many. But, I felt God was depicted too Anthromorphically, which is not helpful to me.Published 2 months ago by Jean E. Peterson
Philip Yancey once again explains a subject in a way that I totally relate. Drawing on inspiration from many past theologians and writers, he also puts his own spin on this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Brennan