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Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying Paperback – May 20, 2014
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About the Author
Drew Nathan Dyck is managing editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today. His work has been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Times. He is a frequent speaker at pastor conferences and on TV and radio programs in the US and Canada. He holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife, Grace, and son, Athanasius, in the Chicago area.
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I'll admit it right up front my religious views haven't kept up with the times. I still get goosebumps when reading about a shepherd boy who faced a giant with only a sling and a few stones. My idea of a real heroine is a Jewish woman who became the queen of Persia. I still think of church music as involving a hymnal and a piano.
So there I sat, I'd given my word I'd would check out a perfect stranger's book and I found myself looking at a Christian book about God entitled, Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So stop Trying. Groan... Really?
Well, I bought the book and I'm happy to say it did not meet my expectations. I loved it! Mr. Dyck takes his readers on a Biblical adventure in search of the living God. We all know about God's love but how often do we think about his wrath and righteous judgment? With unmistakable awe and a healthy dose of fear Mr. Dyck shows how appreciating our Creator's majesty and power is important to understanding His love.
I especially liked Mr. Dyck's thoughts on Jesus' sacrifice and the torn temple veil. It reminded me of a similar treasure in the Bible. How the apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:13-14 talks about the middle wall of partition and Jesus' sacrifice breaking down this wall which separated Gentiles from access to the presence of God. How during the time when Jesus walked the earth that middle wall of partition was accessed by 14 steps and entry was granted by one of 13 gates. How in fitting symbolism the gospel of Matthew chapter 1 represents Jesus as the 13th generation. Upon his death and resurrection becoming that missing 14th generation.
In summary this was a wonderful book which explored the pages of the Scripture to bring you a more complete understanding of Yahweh, the untamed God of the Bible. Mr. Dyck reminded me that our God is an awesome God, but He is also a dangerous God which destroyed the earth in righteous judgment, a powerful God which thundered from the mountain, a loving God who became flesh and reconciled a sinful world and a conquering God who is coming again.
"Yahweh also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but Yahweh will be the hope of his people..." Joel 3:16
But I can't give it more than 3 stars and this is why:
First, the beginning has been written before. We've heard this stuff before. It seems he is writing to Believers and it is stuff Believers have been told....It is important stuff but I felt like there was nothing new.
Second, I don't like the negative use of quotes to say a specific person is wrong.I don't think Dyck had to go there. His points he made about what was wrong with the church were well made when he did it generally -- not calling people out by name. But when he called people out by name showing what was wrong with what they said/wrote, I just didn't like that. Why? Yes, we can see other Christians are wrong and maybe it is fair play because it is in the public realm but I just don't think it is necessary. I am specifically thinking of the Anne Lamott quote -- he didn't need to include that quote. It proved his point but I believe Dyck is a better writer than that. Often we Christians spend time saying what is wrong with our fellow Believers when that is not what we need to focus on. That small section could have been cut from the book and made it stronger.
Third, Author Dyck needs to quit using the words, "Don't get me wrong." An editor should have cut those out every time.
Fourth and finally (because I admire Drew Dyck's writing and who he appears to be as a person and I really do not like giving this review), I feel the format is confusing. The first part of the book seems to be written to Believers. The second part of the book seems to be written to nonbelievers....who is his audience? If his audience is Believers, then it feels like he is telling them things they ought to know. If his audience is nonbelievers then ther is too much Christian lingo in the book.
This book is not a waste of your time, but I don't think it is all it could be.
Drew Dyck addresses the problem from two angles.
"Part 1: Tiger Territory" notes how the ferocious tiger has become little more than a harmless kitty when viewed in a zoo. Fed on a regular basis and kept behind protective glass, the killer offers little excitement to adults or children.
That's how we've come to view God, Dyck says. We sing praise songs, hear sermons and read spiritual books that offer us the comfort of God's love and compassion while ignoring the ferocity of his judgment. And don't even mention his requirement of our holiness.
But before you come to see God as a merely a Divine Disciplinarian, Dyck turns to "Part 2: Divine Embrace." This second part of the book focuses on God's closeness.
These aren't two different Gods. Much like the popular perception of the Old and New Testaments, the two sections present the same God who is wild and untamable by his creation, requiring holiness and obedience while also desiring a deep, loving relationship.
It can be read straight through or used as part of a group study. There is a study guide in the back to facilitate.