Seventh-day Adventists believe in inspiring those around us to experience a life of wholeness and hope for an eternal future with God. If it does, I read that article first. When I heard that Yancey had written a book that won three awards, I purchased it immediately. Disappointment With God is Yancey at his superlative best. Is God silent?
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I had a chance to go back to this book recently thanks to my own season of struggles, and wow, oh wow, it has not lost any of its potency or its timeliness. Because of that, and because this is a somewhat lesser-known Yancey book, I wanted to review it here.
The book comes in two parts, which is what part of what makes it so intriguing. In the first part of the book, Yancey decides to examine the nature of God: what is it that God wants from man?
To find the answers, Yancey spends a lot of time in the prophetic books and in the Old Testament, as well as with Jesus in the New. And Yancey does not shy away from hard truths about disappointment here, pointing out that both in times of plentiful miracle and blatantly manifest presence, disappoint with God is still a regular occurrence.
In fact, disappointment with God seems to be the way of things — even as God has a far deeper struggle with, and a more justifiable basis for, disappointment with us.
Following the Bible all the way through, Yancey paints a picture of a God who has concerns and priorities that differ wildly from our own, and of humans who are bent on being disappointed with God no matter what He does or in what form He appears. In this regard, Yancey points out, being disappointed with God is part and parcel of the human experience, built into the fabric of being a person on earth: so how does this experience fit into what we know of God, and what He desires for us?
In the second part of the book, meant less to theologically grasp the nature of disappointment than to address the hurts of those disappointed, Yancey addresses this question by analyzing Job in what is one of my all-time favorite discussions of the book.
Is it typical to be disappointed in God? The answer is yes. Not by half. Is there a purpose to our disappointment? And why does God continue to act in ways that are incomprehensible to us?
Yancey is not interested in offering easy answers. Yancey peppers his account with heartbreaking stories of suffering believers and those who have believed God even when it seems God is silent.
As for the question of why God permits disappointment or suffering in His children? If, like me, you start out the book hoping that Richard will be redeemed, you will not get a satisfactory answer. Disappointment with God is a book that distills the sometimes-uncomfortable core of faith, and presents it as it is with no dissembling or false promises.
The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. My trust in God became almost tangible and seemed to be solidifying as never it had before. It was a healthy spiritual experience for me. Maybe my experience can help some person in Christ in some small way. Your great post brought back some monumental memories for me! Thank you! So very much. God bless! Like Liked by 1 person. I love thinking of it in that way, too: a slow walking-through to embracing trust in God.
Funnily enough, it all ends up turning back to God and my journey with Him. I was looking at attachment theories, reading into effects of tension and stress in parent-child relationships.
All this time I spent looking for a solution or ways to forgive and get over my [lack of a] relationship with my earthly father, I had this spiritual Father who wanted to love me and welcome me. Maybe now may be the time to pick it up especially after this brilliant review. I so love all these perspectives taking psychological theory into account!
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I really enjoyed this book, even though the readability was a bit tedious. It deals with the topic of how sometimes or most times we feel like God isn't near us. We go through tough times and wonder Not one new word to learn nothing to challenge me Im done buying books that are written on a low grade level. Sadly disappointing. Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. Four of his books have sold over one million copies.
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