Yancey – Disappointment with God

By: snowgood

Mar 14 2020

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Category: books, Christianity

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All too often I end up buying a book on impulse, and then it gets left on the shelf for years.

This one has been collecting dust since we lived in Devon, the title probably put me off.

I’ve no complaints against God, so in a way it seemed irrelevant.

As we entered Lent I thought about how to mark the season.

Why not simply skip “normal” books, and only read Christian ones?

Philip Yancey is one of the finest contemporary Christian authors, so I gave Disappointment with God a try.

It’s a FIVE STAR book, well worth reading and Yancey’s title came from an encounter with a bright young student called Richard.

He’d written a book on Job, and wanted Yancey to write the foreward.

Later the graduate had a crisis of confidence, and started to doubt God.

After earnestly seeking a sign he lost hope in God, and burnt his Christian books and Bible.

Yancey then felt compelled to tackle “Disappointment with God”.

Yancey later turns his attention to Job, and explains how the book isn’t really about suffering at all, but more about relationship.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes;

“…disappointment is itself a sign, an aching, a hunger for something better.  and faith is, in the end, a kind of homesickness – for a home we have never visited but have never stopped longing for.” 

“When God seems absent, he may be closest of all.  When God seems dead, he may be coming back to life.”

“The alternative to disappointment with God seems to be disappointment without God”

“We human beings instinctively regard the seen world as the “real” world, and the unseen world as the “unreal” world, but the Bible calls for almost the opposite.


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