- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (January 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780310339823
- ISBN-13: 978-0310339823
- ASIN: 0310339820
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 388 customer reviews
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The Question That Never Goes Away: Why? Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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In his new book, Philip Yancey returns to the question, 'what is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?'. Many of his best-selling books have considered this, most difficult of question and with 'The Question that Never Goes Away' Yancey continues to express his own journey in print. Aslan Christian Books Philip Yancey is interviewed by Sharon Barnard, for Woman Alive Magazine. -- Sharon Barnard Woman Alive Magazine Philip Yancey is interviewed in The War Cry by Philip Halcrow -- Philip Halcrow The War Cry Philip Yancey is interviewed in Inspire by Sharon Barnard -- Sharon Barnard Inspire Filled with honest consideration and insight. This book is great for anyone wanting something easy to read but deep to consider. Together Magazine Philip Yancey has been the Church's go-to man on suffering since his first book, Where is God When it Hurts?, and is often invited to address trauma-struck communities such as Columbine, Fukushima and Sandy Hook. Such face-to-face meetings with survivors and the bereaved keep him from glib answers. He treats both tragedy and faith with equal respect in this reflective work. Fuelled by honesty, pithy stories, well-selected quotes and interesting touches ... this vivid book condenses observation and theology into a wise, sensitive and practical aid to understanding the brokenness around us and responding as God's presence in the lives of the hurting ... newcomers to his work will quickly see his great appeal as he offers helpful insight, freshly forged in the heat of very recent news stories. - **** -- DW Christianity Magazine Yancey is happy to consider ways in which suffering can lead to growth, and to emphasise resurrection and redemption. His first priority, however, is wise discernment of what would be best said to a particular suffering person, and what would be best not said. -- Rev. Andrew Davidson The Church Times There is much encouragement and hope contained within. Yancy writes with clarity and compassion. He does not under estimate the destructive force of suffering, neither does he attempt to provide neat, glib answers. --John Hughes Reflections
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Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Learn more at philipyancey.com
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His careful exploration of singular pain and suffering offers great insight to a question that will never be answered this side of heaven. "The Question That Never Goes Away," like many of Yancey's works, are replete with quotes from other respected authors and theologians who will make you pause and consider one of the most challenging aspects of being a human in a broken world.
This book does not answer the question "Why?" but it will definitely help anyone struggling with that question to know the Who behind the universe, the one who also knows suffering at a deep, deep level.
I can speak with experience. My family is suffering even as I write this with one member dealing with stage IV cancer and the rest of us working through all the difficulties and pain that comes from that. And yes, we cry out, "Why?" It's only natural.
But we are looking forward to a hope beyond the now. And even in the now, we are using our experiences to be strengthened and, by doing so, be used as God's instruments to help others experiencing similar trials and pain.
Yancey doesn't provide direct answers as to the "why". What he does with this book is help answer "what should I do". And it is an excellent read on this.
This is a slim book, roughly 176 pages, and Yancey spends time discussing both his past and the events surrounding these tragedies and his role in their aftermath. So if you are expecting an in-depth theological exploration of the problem of evil or theodicy this is not it. Rather it is a meditation on, and exploration of, these events and Yancey’ thinking as it has evolved and developed over the years.
He acknowledges the brutal realities but insists that while there are no easy answers God’s presence is with us IN the dark times; that every event and every person offers the possibility of redemption and renewal. And the way Yancey handles it it does not feel like a cop out but an honest realization of where we find ourselves. Not rescued away from evil and pain but accompanied and comforted within the darkness with a promise that as hard as it may be to believe, God is making all things new. Evil will not win the ultimate battle. This is what faith requires. God’s people are called to bring his grace and marcy into the darkness to be a partner in making his presence known. Yancey recognizes that there is beauty and comfort here.
A short but well done mediation on a perennial question. No easy answers but hard earned wisdom.
But it's not sinful to ask the question. It's good to cry out to God in our times of pain. The Psalms are full of it.
It would feel somewhat morbid if I were to say I loved this book. It contains far too much pain and suffering for that kind of statement. Yet even when pain is described in detail, the author makes it clear that God does have a purpose for it. There is hope.
I want my preaching to be more like this book. This world is full of hurt, but we can praise Jesus Christ, who took the hurt upon Himself, and suffered with us, even as us, so that in Him, we can obtain the joy of God.