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Philip Yancey
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Desilusion Con Dios

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"Is God listening? and Can He be trusted?" In this book, Yancey tackles the questions caused by a God who doesn't always do what we think he's supposed to do.

Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In Disappointment with God, he poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? This i
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Published November 28th 1990 by Vida Publishers (first published 1988)
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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
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.
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
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
David Sarkies
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
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
Ashraf Bashir
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
Kristin Nicole
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
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
Linda B
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
Lizzy B
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"
Jeffrey Weir
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
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
Donna Wright

Next to the Bible, “Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud” by Philip Yancy, is the most profound book I have read. I highly recommend it to anyone who has suffered in this life. So I guess I recommend it to everyone.

Dr. Yancey's book brings deeper understanding and purpose to suffering. His insight flips the perspective from us looking up at God, to God looking down at us. It encourages the concept of keeping faith and trust in God, despite suffering and the unanswered quest
Mina Syrian
ثلاثة اسئلة بيناقشها فيليب :
هل الله صامت ؟؟هل هو ظالم ؟؟هل هو مختبئ ؟؟
الكتاب عبارة عن جزئين الجزء الاول بيبحث اجابات الاسئلة من خلال تعاملات الله مع شعبه زي ما ذكرها الكتاب المقدس من اول ابراهيم حتي كنيسة العهد الجديد
الجزء التاني بيناقش الاسئلة دية من خلال قصة ايوب
يمكن ميكنش ذكر اجابات واضحة و صريحة للاسئلة عشان هي زي ما قال مش عبارة عن مسائل رياضية ليها اجابات محددة لكن اجاباتها الشخص بيكتشفها من خلال علاقة الحب المتابدلة مع الله

من رأيي جزء كبير من اجابة الاسئلة دية خاصة مشكلة الظلم اللي في ال
This book was an excellent, in-depth look at human suffering and the ways in which Christians can approach their suffering in such a way that they retain and even grow in their faith. I gave it four stars as opposed to five, because I often wrestled with Yancey's strange tone. I can't put my finger on it, but he came across to me as very blunt and lacking tact. I do not think this is actually the case, as this is an extremely good book with many valid points. However, I just found that "thing" I ...more
Bob LaCross
Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? These are questions that Christians are reluctant to ask. These are the three questions Philip Yancey tackles from both Biblical and personal perspectives. Yancey addresses the very real frustrations of those who pray so hard for mercies and healing, only to have those prayers seemingly met with indifference and silence from a loving God. Why do good people seem to suffer and struggle, while the not-so-good thrive and succeed? While Yancey's conclusio ...more
Greg Taylor
Philip Yancey stands out among authors who write what I call "watershed" books that lead you to other books. More than any other Christian author, he has directly hit difficult issues, namely the most important in this book: how do we overcome doubt, disappointment with God, and arguments against his existence such as, "If God is so powerful, and He is so loving, why does He seem to sit on His hands when the world suffers?" Yancey is one of my favorite and most respected authors, and his works h ...more
Vicki G
I disagree with him. I think the members of the church who refuse any and all intervention to save the lives of their children are guilty of child neglect at the least and downright abuse at the most.
As a Paramedic, I see this ridiculous line of reasoning, that God needs no medical intervention to heal someone, at least 10 times a year. Did they ever think that sending medical intervention WAS part of "God's plan?"
That people are his eyes and ears, and hands, while on earth?
That's what my former
Mr. Yancey writes with a clear style that compels the reader forward in an engaging and thoughtful manner. The premise of this book is relatively simple; the discussion is not. Exploring why God sometimes seems silent and distant, Mr. Yancey asks questions unflinchingly, recognizing that many people in the world can attest to injustice and unfairness and will refuse easy answers. He uses poignant examples of people he has met and spoken with to illustrate the seeming unfairness of God. Again and ...more
This is a difficult subject, and you can tell that it was difficult for Yancey as well. The entire first half of the book pursues one track (trying to understand God’s point of view via the Old Testament), before switching to a different track in the second half (trying to understand how us humans can understand and react to the world and God as they are), and even though it was intentional it still feels abrupt. Though I do not myself have the issues with being disappointed by God that Yancey’s ...more
Rated: A-

I love Philip Yancy and his theology and journalism. In this book, he answers three questions: Is God unfair? (no, life's unfair, not God). Is God silent? Is God hidden? He provides a practical perspective for believers and doubters. Plus, the book is offers a unique commentary on the Book of Job.

"They had doubted him once, but after the Resurrection they would not doubt him again."

"In his book 'Wishful Thinking', Fredrick Buechner sums up God's speech. 'God doesn't explain. He explodes
Mark Schlatter
Yancey takes on three basic questions in this book: Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? His aim is to explore the sense of disappointment experienced by people of faith (primarily Christian) when they believe the answers to one or more of the above questions is yes.

The first part of the book is a retelling of the Bible in terms of God's perspective, and to be truthful, I found it somewhat facile. Yancey focuses on the person of God, drawing on metaphors such as parent and lover to expla
This book really wrestles with the unanswered, wrenching questions of faith, and while it doesn't provide pat answers (thankfully), it validates our struggle and really ends on a message of hope. Beginning with Genesis, the first part of the book reviews all of the Bible from God's point of view instead of our own. It then, in light of this shift in perspective, re-asks the central questions of "Is God unfair?" "Is God silent?" and "Is God hidden?"

One of my favorite parts (page 245): "The Bible
Among the few books I have read more than once because of its immense value in loving and trusting God.

Poignant Quotes:

"The Wager resolved decisively that the faith of a single human being counts for very much indeed. Job affirms that our response to testing matter."

"...the remarkable truth that our choices matter, not just to us and our own destiny but, amazingly, to God himself and the universe he rules."

"Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse."

"We have little co
Deb Brammer
While I might disagree with Yancey on some very minor points I felt this book showed fresh thinking, not just the same rehashed answers. He tries to answer these questions: Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? I found this book very encouraging and insightful. I read it years ago and underlined many quotes that speak to me even today. This book helped me make sense of some of those pesky "why?" questions that poke holes in our faith. I highly recommend this book.
Claire Grasse
I liked that this book dealt very honestly with the issue of believers facing disappointment with God (of whom I am one of the loudest). I like that Philip Yancey doesn't give the "right" answers, and in fact goes out of his way to debunk a lot of the predigested bumper-sticker rhetoric that so many Christians are content to swallow and regurgitate. I do have to say though, that like most Christian nonfic books I've read, the author says what he has to say in the first several chapters, and then ...more
Vivien Lee
Well, I guess he is right by saying the emotional part of the problems do not get addressed, and probably never will.
But the book really got me thinking about how to see this world and our citizenship of the other world that is yet to come. also love how he turns the discussion back to how a single individual can make a change.
Wouldn't call the book challenging, but quite intriguing, gives you quite a bit to chew on.
Would pick the book up again from time to time as a reminder.
Definitely recomme
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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.” 40 likes
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