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Reaching For The Invisible God [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Philip Yancey
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Aug. 17 2000 Willow Creek Resources
In this audio version of his new book, author Philip Yancey asks the question How does a relationship with God work? And answers it with an investigation that turns up surprising and satisfying answers about: life and communication with an invisible God the Father and his Spirit, faith in the earthly realm where theology and experience often oppose each other, and growth as a Christian that comes from maturing into childlike faith.Read by Jay Charles.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Experience Feb. 8 2004
Never have I read a book that came closer to capturing my entire life as a Christian than that of Philip Yancey's Reaching for the Invisible God. Two verses continue to describe my halting journey of faith: Mark 9:24 and John 6:68 (I believe, help my unbelief, and who else offers anything better). I was stunned to read what Yancey had to say about these two, they so coincide with my own experience. It seems that daily experiences can often overwhelm my focus on Christ by bringing up all the same questions that persist - pain, suffering, why evil in a world created by a good God, why random badness like earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, why random sickness, birth defects, whatever. I mean, this could go on and on, as it often has in my own life to the detriment of any spiritual advance. Only by focusing on a God personified in Jesus and displayed through the Spirit in humans can any progress be made. I actually met Yancey years back when I did some book reviews for Campus Life. All I could see then was an Art Garfunkel look-alike. It's taken me decades to see what an outrageously gifted writer and Christian he has become and probably was then. This book did for me more than any of his other outstanding books did, such as Disappointment with God, Where is God when it Hurts, The Jesus I Never Knew, and What's So Amazing About Grace. But that's just me. If I should ever talk to Yancey again, I fear I wouldn't know what to say. He took the words out of my mouth in writing a book that hit the nail on the head like no other.
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It will not give you pat, "Christianized" answers...
It will not solve your problems...
It will not be like other inspiritaional Christian books that give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
Instead, this book WILL...
sharpen your heart and soul in deeper ways of thinking about and processing this invisible God, give your doubts to your faith a reason to exist (if they haven't already had one), help you realize that honest, soul-searching doubt is as essential to faith as anything else and help you on this daily journey to the heart of this God who we think is out there but don't always know for sure.
There were days when I didn't want to read this book because it felt like a burden in the sense that I was being faced with honest realizations about my faith that perhaps I didn't want to face. There were times when I would wrestle with what the balance of believing in God and following Him is and also days where I thought hard about there being no God at all. All in all, this book forced me to challenge myself, which is why I think it proved to be such a wonderful book.
"Reaching for the Invisible God" is better than "What's So Amazing About Grace?" in my opinion because here, Yancey is stripped, vulnerable and completely honest. There were many times in "Grace" where I sensed Yancey holding back, in fear of what some Christians may say about him or in fear of how Christians would lash out against his words. (What a sad, sad, sad world this is when disciples of Jesus are lashing out against each other when we tend to have different opinions or viewpoints on "issues" in the Christian circle!)
Thank God, in this book, Yancey seems to come alive and what is shown is not always pretty, but thankfully, it is more real and honest to what the Christian life looks like. Thanks Mr. Yancey for helping this college guy out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Challenging Oct. 10 2002
I would like to use this forum to personally thank Yancey for another great and challenging book that left me asking more questions when I was done reading it than when I started. Bravo, Phillip! Christian authors continually bombard us with ways to live a better life, three easy steps, or prayers, and here is Phillip Yancey telling us that the stages of development in a life as a follower of Christ get more difficult as you mature to the point where God will leave you on your own to help your faith grow.
I read this book during a time of immense personal trial. This book taught me to have ambidextrous faith, able to take the good with the bad, equally. I cannot say that I have mastered this concept, or if I ever will, but thanks again to the author for challenging me to do so.
Yancey never gives "easy answers." That is why he is so good. In an era where postmoderns are not satisfied with "easy answers," Yancey is forcing anyone who reads his books, if they are honest, to ask tough questions and journey towards an answer, rarely do you see authors do this with as much skill as Yancey.
I look forward to the next book by Yancey, it is always a good and challenging read for anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Book July 1 2004
I hate when non-Christians attack Christian books and claim to have read them. This isn't one of those cases. I am a sincere Christian who loves half of what Yancey writes and finds the other half to be somewhat forced. I bought this book with lots of anticipation. I loved the title and was eager to explore its contents. After several weeks, I was only able to make it halfway through the book. Boredom stopped me in my tracks. Not one of Yancey's best efforts. I'm not trying to be mean, rather, just want to give the purchaser a true observation. Don't get me wrong, two of Yancey's books are SPECTACULAR. Those would be "The Jesus I Never Knew" (Which I consider to be the best book ever written) and "Disappointment with God" (Which also was spectacular). If you want a good book, read one of these two works of Yancey's. As for "Reaching the Invisible God," I wouldn't buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for the non existent God
As with "Disappointment with God" Yancey does an excellent job of describing the trials, emotional doubts and frustrations of being a Christian. Read more
Published on July 12 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Not Great
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 more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by David R. Bess
5.0 out of 5 stars If there's a god, let him bless Phillip Yancey...
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 more
Published on Sept. 11 2002 by Diana K. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Practical
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 more
Published on March 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Searchers...
I like allot of Christains, KNOW there is more to my realtionship to God than what is preached or practiced in the church... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002 by Linda McMullen Marcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant as always....
In this latest Yancey book he touches the theme of Faith in something unseen but elemental to our survival as Christians. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2002 by "mcmarcy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me ask the right question
I have read two of Yancey's previous books and enjoyed them both. But this has been the most helpful one to date. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2002 by David C. Hoffner
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Yancey's book is a new surprise
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
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by alexandre
5.0 out of 5 stars Beliefs in a Book
I found Reaching for the Invisible God to be more uplifting then most Scriptures I read. The book is appealing because of the stories, words, and overall message that it gives. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2001
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