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Wrestling with God: Loving the God We Don't Understand Paperback – May 28, 2008
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"Embracing the Mysterious God is relevant, fresh, honest and forthright. In this most readable book, James E. White wrestles with the mysteries of our great and majestic God with a remarkable sensitivity to the struggles and doubts of faithful Christ-followers and seekers as well. Those who read this book carefully and reflectively will indeed be drawn to embrace God faithfully and to love him fully with heart, soul, mind and strength." -- --David S. Dockery, seminary president and editor of Shaping a Christian Worldview
"James Emery White lays bare the tension points--doubt, confusion, resentment--that stifle true intimacy with God. By walking us through our deepest struggles to understand God, White is just the person to chip away at the wall separating us from our deepest desires to know and be known by God and each other." -- --Dr. John Maxwell, author, speaker and founder of The INJOY Group
"Wrestling with God is an anointed book. As I read, I felt constrained to stop frequently to think, to take notes, to reflect on my own spiritual journey and, finally, to thank God for such a rich feast of thought and insight." -- --Gordon MacDonald, author of Ordering Your Private World and Mid-Course Correction
. . .well-written and clear. . .White's book is a good, solid starting place for college students and others in the beginning stages of theosophical research. -- --Laurie J. Wolcott for The Christian Librarian, volume 49.1, 2006
. . The book's moving, well-crafted illustrations--from the faith wrestlings of a young Mother Teresa to a moving story from Corrie ten Boom's childhood--give color and depth to the discussion. Reflecting a breadth of knowledge, this book will appeal to more educated readers, yet its accessibility and brevity will give it a much wider audience." -- --Publishers Weekly (starred review) June 24, 2003
About the Author
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and president of Serious Times, a ministry which explores the intersection of faith and culture. He is also professor of theology and culture on the Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, for which he served as their fourth president. Dr. White holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and theology. He has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history, and continuing education at Oxford University in England.
James Emery White is the author of over a dozen books, including such Gold Medallion nominees as Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, Christianity Today Book of the Year award-winner Embracing the Mysterious God, as well as The Prayer God Longs For and Rethinking the Church. His most recent publications include The Da Vinci Question and A Mind for God. Collectively, his books have been translated into ten languages.
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Following the example of Lewis, White looks to have an open and honest dialogue about the difficulties of following God in this dark and decaying world. He reminds those who look but do not see God, that it is not God who is absent...silent maybe...but not absent. White also gives comfort that God's silence comes not from His apathy, but from His wisdom and grace. It is an outstanding book for all believers on this journey that is filled with potholes and speed bumps along the way. The book is especially poignant for those followers of Christ who are truly struggling to see how an omniscient and omnipotent God could allow so much pain and suffering in this world...especially in the lives of those He loves as His children. But a copy for yourself...and a couple of copies as gifts for others.