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Disappointment with God

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Philip Yancey searches for answers to the questions we rarely ask aloud -- Is God silent? Is God unfair? Where is God in our emotional pain? A searingly honest and powerful book that takes our doubts seriously, yet points to a faith we can live by and hope that will not let us down. When you are in doubt, God can seem very distant. Philip Yancey looks at how faith survives ...more
Unknown Binding, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Marshall Pickering (first published 1988)
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Jan 14, 2013 Katharine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
Phillip Yancey writes with such honesty and compassion. You get the feeling that there is nothing about the hard life of faith that could shock him or make him think poorly of you. In this book he tackles three questions he says aren't admitted or discussed enough among Christians. Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden?

Even though this isn't one of his better books, Yancey still wrestles with these questions well. He makes some points so well that although I had considered them before, it w
Josephine Nabil
Sep 17, 2015 Josephine Nabil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مش عادة بكتب review على اي حاجة بقراها بس الكتاب ده كنت بفكر اني لازم اكتب عنه وانا لسه بقراه
الكتاب بيناقش مشكلة الشر والالم اللي لخصها فيليپ يانسي في ٣ أسئلة..هل الله ظالم؟ هل هو صامت؟ أهو مختبيء؟.. لو بتدور على اجابات مريحة للأسئلة دي ماتقدش انك هتلاقيها في الكتاب ده
الكتاب مش بيجاوب على الاسئلة دي بالطريقة اللي انت عايزها وهتريحك بالعكس ده بيأكد ان الله ساعات كتير بيبقى صامت وان العالم اه ظالم.. لكن اللي الا حد ما بيعزي ويصبر ان في الله مصلوب بيحس بالألم اللي بنعدي بيه وفيه قيامة حتى لو المشهد
Ti-Leigh Telford
I read this many years ago for someone else's benefit. You know, when you saw what they're problem was and bought a book to help them. It didn't really mean anything to me then. Of course, I was only 19 years old. Now at 42, I find myself disappointed. Actually, disappointed is too gracious of a word. Jaded, cynical at times. Sad, tired mostly. Waiting for this period of my life to be done and for things to return to normal with God. This book, I hope, was a small step in that direction.
Hany Adeeb

الكتاب بالانجليزية " disappointment with god "

و لكن الترجمة العربية عندما لا تمطر السماء ، و الحقيقة ان موضوع الكتاب يتحدث عن النماذج و الشخصيات التي تتعرض لما يسمى خيبة امل ، و الصلوات التي نصلي بلجاجة و لانحصل على جواب فيها ، خيبة امل في الله .. يعني انهم كانوا يتوقعوا تدخل مباشر و مادي في عالمهم .. يدل على وجود الله

كما يعرض المؤلف نموذج لشخص يدعى رشيد ينكر الله لانه لا يتدخل في مشاكله و لا يقدم دليل مادي في عالمه الشخصي ، و لكن المؤلف يوضح لنا من نماذج الكتاب المقدس ان رجال الايمان تحملوا
Feb 16, 2015 Nahed.E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أمريكي
ضم الكتاب الكثير من التساؤلات
إلا أنه قدم القليل من الأجوبة المقنعة
انتظرت أجوبة بنفس قوة الأسئلة ، ولكن للأسف الحجج التي قدمها المؤلف لم تكن بنفس القوة
ويمكن للكثيرين أن يردوا عليها بحجج أقوي
الصور الإنسانية التي قدمت في الكتاب صور واقعية تحدث بالفعل حولنا
والتساؤلات نراها في العيون وفوق الشفاه في أوقات نادرة
إلا أن الإجابات التي قدمها المؤلف لا تكفي للرد بحزم وإقناع كاف
فضلاً عن أن المؤلف في النهاية قد أوضح أن الإيمان سينبع من الداخل مهما قدم من إجابات عقلية
وعنده حق في ذلك
فكل الإجابات الذكية والمقنع
Apr 26, 2014 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The major part I most admired about this book is the author's honesty. There are no shallow Christian cliches or well-intended remedies for those walking through grief. Disappointment with God is real and even the most mature of Christians come to experience the great well of anger or sorrow when stripped by the harshness of life. I truly appreciate the approach Yancey took to wrestling with this disappointment with God. He takes the reader through the history of mankind, from the OT when God w ...more
Ashraf Bashir
Nov 22, 2014 Ashraf Bashir rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب سئ للغاية ... طرح أسئلة ووعدك باجابتها علي مدار الصفحات ... ثم تتوالي الصفحة وراء الأخري ولا تجد أي اجابة علي الأسئلة، لا تجد سوي تطويل ومط وتكرار للافكار المستهلكة من قرون ... كما أن الكاتب سعي لتقسيم الكتاب بالنمط اللاهوتي المدرسي التقليدي، بتفصيص الثالوث في دراسته لثلاثة وجوه وودراسة كل منهم في تبويب منفصل، فصدر الكتاب بغير تسلسل واضح للمعني او ترابط بين الافكار فقط ليلتزم بهذا التقسيم العقيم، لم يكن هناك اي داعي لهذا التقسيم الذي لم يخدم الفكرة بل ادخلها في متاهة مضيفا صعوبة الي صعوبة ا ...more
Apr 17, 2008 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. 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 where God is in all of that, but really, another way to view it is where are we in all of this? What is our response to God when we endure heartache or disease?

Many people want to see God, to have miracles happen all the time, to have every prayer answered. Philip Yancey gives some good arguments as to why God doesn't do this. It's not because
Pat Roseman
pg. 236 - From Job, we can learn that much more is going on out there than we may suspect. Job felt the weight of God's absence; but a look behind the curtain reveals that in one sense God had never been more present.

pg. 245 - The Bible never belittles human disappointment (remember the proportion in Job - one chapter of restoration follows forty-one chapters of anguish), but it does add one key word: temporary. What we feel now, we will not always feel. Our disappointment is itself a sign, an a
David Sarkies
Nov 12, 2013 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A difficult topic tackled with empathy and skill
19 November 2014

The topic of 'if God is good and all powerful then why does he allow suffering' is a difficult topic at best and when you need to tackle it emphatically it becomes almost impossible. Actually, anything to do with Christianity, where you are trying to balance the esoteric truth of the faith with people's feelings is, once again, a very difficult task. Mind you, if you want to write a Christian book that explains Christianity without
Dora Okeyo
Sep 24, 2013 Dora Okeyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is God unfair? Silent? Hidden?
Where is God when you need Him?

I know every Christian has fought this battle when things go wrong and evil seems to reign in the form of disasters beyond our means, but as I was reading this book- Phillip took me through the Bible and shed light on God, people and His hope and dreams for us as His children.

I did get to understand better- and have a new perspective on the Bible and the stories told in there, and this has prompted me to read the Bible again, by going
Sameh Maher
كتاب جميل عبارة عن قسمين القسم الاول منه لا يستحق اكثر من 3 نجوم او اقل فهو مجرد سرد عادى لاحداث وتهيئة للقسم الثانى ولكن القسم الثانى جميل جدا رغم ان الكاتب لم يقدم تبصراته الشخصية ولكن اعتمد على كتابات سى اس لويس وبدونها لم يكم الكتاب ليقدم جديدا
ورغم ذلك يبقى اجابة جيدة جدا على الثلاثة اسئلة الاصعب والذى اعتقد انهم سؤال واحد فى النهاية وهو اين الله فى الضيقة
لماذا يختفى الله فى وسط الضيقات و
يقدم الكاتب الثلاة اسئلة فى اطار حياة شخص اسمه رشيد ويقدم امثلة من اشخاص اخرين لهم نفس الاختبار
Apr 28, 2016 Igor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Philip Yancey is a great writer. As the title reveals this book tackles questions many Christians are not comfortable with, for the most part because there are no simple answers to them. Disappointment with God tackles the problem of pain in a powerful way. It looks frankly at the ways in which our relationship with God is different from human relationships. It asks questions like "Why do bad things happen to good people?".

I take away much from this book and hope you will pick it up and give it
Jan 14, 2017 Asha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
Good books are the ones that change your thinking , even if a little bit and hopefully for the long run. This gets to the source of what makes us disappointed with God, seeing god as unfair, hidden or silent. It then goes through bible stories or the evolution of God to answer. For me this got rid of those frequently misused quotes or ideas of God , that can lead to more disappointment due to false expectations. Although explanations can be little long winded , this book provides a better unders ...more
Linda B
Jun 13, 2009 Linda B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yancy begins his book with examples of circumstances from several Christians who have suffered greatly and feel disappointed with or abandoned by God. The author chooses the situation of Richard, the person suffering the least of the examples (but a fellow author), to follow throughout the book.

Using OT scriptures, Mr. Yancy tries to explain the mind of God. His attempt actually turns eerie (downright creepy) when Yancy imagines himself as God questioning in his mind whether or not man would obe
Jeffrey Weir
May 08, 2012 Jeffrey Weir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't make enough compliments about Philip Yancey. I always enjoy the feeling while I'm reading that I'm right next to him on his journey struggling with the tough questions. I can't say that I feel better after having read this book or that my problems have been solved, but, from an apologetics perspective, I now have a lot more to think about and can draw on a lot of his points as I discuss trials and tribulations with my peers.

The foundation for all of his points comes from the book of Jon
Apr 12, 2015 Fiay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've learnt so much from this book. There was a time in my life when I felt that it's not OK to feel disappointed with God, especially after hearing that other people around me say "have more faith" or "pray harder" or "stop complaining" or things happen because I'm not good enough, not Christian enough, not praying hard enough, not having a bigger faith, got giving my best to God. All these while I remain sceptical about how people around me define faith and prayer, as if those who are broken a ...more
Kristin Nicole
Dec 01, 2013 Kristin Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel odd about giving this book 4 stars instead of 5. It's marked 4 because I struggled with some of the suggested "answers" and even at times struggled with some of the questions presented ( not the main three). I also struggled with some of the content-- deciding that a few could have been left out (I found myself getting impatient). But there is no doubt that there are incredible truths in this book. The problem with pain is that it will always be a problem-- something that will always make ...more
Lizzy B
Feb 24, 2009 Lizzy B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Well, what is there to say other than while dealing with deeply theological issues, Yancey's pertinent style refuses to allow this to be a purely intellectual matter. He states the problem, runs through an understanding of it, only to bring against it the same criticisms we all face when stuck in the middle of a painful situation. He deals with emotions on an emotional realistic level rather than trying to explain them away and always answer why.

Even i as a person who always wants to know "why"
Mar 27, 2011 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Yancey engages the perennial puzzler of an all-good, all-powerful God that allows all manner of seemingly senseless tragedies and misfortunes to befall the world he has created. The book is essentially divided into two parts, the first taking a look at Old Testament history from God's point of view, and the second part engaging the book of Job and the problem of pain from humanity's point of view. I'd say the first part was certainly the stronger, perhaps due to the novelty of thinking ab ...more
I read this book (my first by this author) after a friend had questions about it. Somewhat in the same vein as Charles Swindoll's "The Mystery of God's Will" and James Dobson's "When God Doesn't Make Sense", Yancey discusses questions all Christians eventually wrestle with, such as "Why are some prayers answered and others not"?, "What is the meaning/purpose of undeserved suffering"?, and "Why does God seem far away at times"?. A lot of the discussion centers around the book of Job, with many qu ...more
Leanne Rhodes
Aug 16, 2015 Leanne Rhodes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you trust God with unanswered prayers?

If you've ever found yourself truly asking if you can really trust God after sincere prayers have gone unanswered, then this book is worth a slow read. Yancey effectively articulates questions that we ask in times of desperation where our theology no longer fits and instead constructs a new theology or rather introduces the reader to a God who is bigger than that and yet still loves us. I took my time with this book, journalling often to digest the thoug
Oct 15, 2007 Margo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Yancey does a nice job of exploring three questions that no one asks aloud: Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? He imparts personal experiences with solid Bible knowledge to give a wonderful overview of the human race's disappointment throughout the Bible in Part I. In Part II, Yancey continues to use Scripture references to further help us uncover the tough answers to the most important questions. It gives a new perspective on life, that is the perspective of God. It also encourages a ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Taija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as an assignment for my 'Wisdom Literature Class.' The book was to aid us in the reading of Job, and shed light on the topic of faith, suffering, disappointment and frustrations with God. Philip Yancey did a thorough research job for this book's sensitive topic. This book did challenge me at times, but overall I was blessed to not have to read this book because I was personally disappointed with God. I have already walked that journey and am grateful to now be on the other side.
Dec 01, 2014 Madonna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب اكثر من رائع . امثلة وشروح كتابية جديده . لم افهم معاني العهد القديم بهذه الصورة من قبل واذ الكتاب تحول من " خيبة املنا في الله " الى ان الحقيقة هي " خيبة امل الله فينا "
Jan 07, 2016 Josiahmeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real classic. Helped me out with my disillusionment, and also helped with bigger questions like God and suffering. A book to re-read every decade or so. Great work.
Nicholas Driscoll
I have been reading this book off and on throughout 2016 and just rushed through the last half as 2017 started. A lot of the book frustrated me. The answers it provided did little to comfort me, I suppose. Yet at the end I still felt strangely invigorated, and chasing after God, trying to see what is good, and all these things that make life truly meaningful and purposeful, not just a chasing after the whims... I am glad the book could provide me with some kind of nudge to keep going.
Feb 03, 2017 Dany-ElBueno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como entender cuando le pasa algo malo a gente buena y en que esta Dios en ese momento.
Son los temas que plantea este magnifico libro, algo difícil de digerir para muchos.

No es de fácil lectura, hay que leer y releer varios conceptos para tener claridad en este tema. Importante pedirle a Dios sabiduría para disfrutar de esta lectura.
Nov 15, 2016 Erich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You won't be disappointed I love how he used the book of Job and a real perspective of God's hiddeness. Great book I loved it, this was my first Yancy book.
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A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there as Editor and then Publisher. He looks on those years with gratitude, because teenagers are demanding readers, and writing for them taught him a lasting principle: ...more
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“We tend to think, 'Life should be fair because God is fair.' But God is not life. And if I confuse God with the physical reality of life- by expecting constant good health for example- then I set myself up for crashing disappointment.” 51 likes
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