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In a sea of books that promise certainty, award-winning author Philip Yancey (What's So Amazing About Grace, The Jesus I Never Knew) is not afraid to write about the mystery of belief, about letting risk and faith go hand in hand. Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find? is Yancey at his best--wrestling with difficult questions and refusing to give pat answers. In our quest to know God, he offers this caveat: "The more personal conception of God we have, the more unnerving are the questions about him".
Yancey quotes extensively from classic writers and sketches scenes of doubting biblical figures as he grapples with making sense of a God who is personal, yet sometimes so elusive. Six different aspects of the Christian life are explored: our longing for God, who God is, the Holy Spirit, our faith, growth, and spiritual transformation. In his explorations, he reassembles the difficult and perplexing events of life around an ability to trust in a loving God. Trust is pivotal. Admitting that God's style "often baffles me", Yancey leaves no doubt that his framework of faith is still in place, that he sees "evidence of (God's) long-suffering, mercy, and desire to woo rather than compel--I have learned to trust God". Here is the clear, concise writing mixed with deeply personal and authentic insights that won Yancey a string of top Religious Book Awards for previous works. Expect some more. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
HPopular theologian Yancey (The Jesus I Never Knew; What's So Amazing About Grace?) steers clear of trite detours, inviting readers to travel through some of the most difficult aspects of nurturing a human relationship with a transcendent God. Drawing upon wide experience and a rich well of stories, Yancey considers honestly the predicaments of human existence. We are distracted with the daily grind, checking our e-mail more often than we meditate. We banish doubts in the name of more streamlined versions of success and self-fulfillment. Christians in particular, Yancey says, are often guilty of worshipping the impossible while failing to believe in the possibleDthat relationship of grace God extends to humankind daily. With common sense and a poetic sensibility, Yancey poses fruitful questions and offers real insights. In the search for signposts of the invisible God, Yancey beckons readers to the Bible to encounter God's loving and gracious personality. Without clich s, he reminds us that doubt and difficulty can be catalysts for intimacy with God. And with humor and fair wisdom, he talks about seeking the Holy Spirit: "To reach for the Spirit is like hunting for your eyeglasses while wearing them." In conversation with the many sages he citesDC.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton and Umberto Eco, to name a fewDYancey is at once pastoral and provocative. Meet a friend. (Sept.)
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I hate when non-Christians attack Christian books and claim to have read them. This isn't one of those cases. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Craig
As with "Disappointment with God" Yancey does an excellent job of describing the trials, emotional doubts and frustrations of being a Christian. Read morePublished on July 12 2003
I've read a few of Philip Yancey's works now, and this one was not by any means my favorite. In his other books, Yancey is much more biblical and direct. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by David R. Bess
There are too few Phillip Yancey's about: believers who admit that belief isn't easy, that questions are fair and unavoidable, that meaningful answers aren't pat ones. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by DianaInCT
I have spent the past 5 or 6 years trying to figure out why I could no longer feel God the way I used to. Read morePublished on March 18 2002
I like allot of Christains, KNOW there is more to my realtionship to God than what is preached or practiced in the church... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Linda McMullen Marcy
In this latest Yancey book he touches the theme of Faith in something unseen but elemental to our survival as Christians. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002
I have read two of Yancey's previous books and enjoyed them both. But this has been the most helpful one to date. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by David C. Hoffner
I'm a young Brazilian ( 22 ), who speaks Portuguese and try to talk and read in English. Since I have read Yancey's books my way of faith has been different. Read more