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Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

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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.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 2nd 2005 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published 2000)
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7jane
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I've never quite had a problem in believing in God (though I haven't had it tested by illnesses, situations or flawed people - yet). But anyway, this book still benefited me in its own way.

It didn't come to answers too quickly which is good for reaching the point of solidifying better one's connection (and belief) with God. I think it also explained the 'dry periods' and how to respond to trying times well enough that one might be better equipped to dealing with them - always good to know befor
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Chris
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It discusses the difficulty we have in trying to understand and build a close relationship with the God we cannot see. The times when He feels elusive to us. The times when we need to just gut it out on our faith alone because we can't hear his voice or see his face. It normalized the struggle I feel to consistently feel God's influence in my life. I think it is excellently written.
Dave
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I really like about Yancey is that it seems like he asks the same questions I do in my own mind.
Nermine Hosni
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
احياناً أتعامل مع الله كمادة مخدرة احتاج اليه لتهدئة قسوة موقف معين او للتخلص منه

درجة اخري من درجات الاحساس بحضور الله هي الاحساس بأنك لست وحدك

ان الايمان يظهر حيث تقل وتضعف التوقعات

ان تجرب الله يعني ان تحاول الحصول علي تأكيدات اكثر مما اعطاها الله

هناك لحظة في كل يوم لا يستطيع الشيطان ان يجدها

يُختبر الايمان عندما يفتر احساسنا بوجود الله

الهاً لطيفاً يحب من يحتقرهم العالم ويتفهم ضعفاتنا وتجاربنا ومعانتنا

هل ظلام وجفاف صلاتي علامة لغياب الله ام انها علامة لحضور عميق ومتسع لا استطيع ادراكه وهل م
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Becki
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Synopsis from B&N: How does a relationship with God really work? How do I relate to a God who is invisible, when I'm never quite sure he's there? How do I know him? How do I communicate with him? How do I live my life growing in my understanding of him, living more and more with a conscious awareness of him, doing more of those things he indicates are good for me--and others?\nOkay, first I have a very embarrassing confession to make: I have owned this book for over a decade (bought summer o ...more
amber
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve wanted to read Philip Yancey for a long time and picked up this book because a friend of mine was reading it and I love reading books alongside others. I wondered if I would find the book worth the time it would take to read (it’s lengthy for the Christian Living category) since I didn’t feel I identified with, at this point in my life, the questions put forth on the covers.

I must have been wrong in that assessment, however, as I found the book ministering to me on almost every page. I fel
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Kerolos Maged
بالنسبة لي الكتاب هو رحلة في دماغ المؤلف في المساحة اللي هو بيسمح بيها
حوالين الموضوع اللي هو عايزه
و الحقيقة في رحلتي المرة دي
شفت عشوائية مملة جدا بالنسبة لي
كانت حاجة غريبة ان في افكار مثيرة للتامل و حلوة جمبيها على طول الوقت افكار سطحية جدا
في تناقضات مفهمتهاش
اظن فيليب يانسي كخادم .. اخطأ انه دخلنا في المتاهة دي من العشوائية والاراء المتضاربة و الاختبارات المؤلمة و الشك في كتاب هدفه شرح وتوضيح للمؤمن المتشكك
او يمكن انا اللي اخطأت اني كملت الكتاب بعد اول ١٠٠ صفحة معجبونيش
من الحاجات اللي قفلت
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
If you sometimes feel like holding onto your faith seems impossible at times because the world just doesn't seem to show God's presence. If you feel that you are losing your hold on what you believe, this is a great book to read. It reaffirms your faith, not by chastisting you for your unbelief, but by showing you that you are not alone in your doubts. That other, even notable Christians, have struggled in the same way. I enjoyed the scholarly, yet emotional tone, and I feel it was well-written. ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yancey does a good job tying up the points he brings out in the book at the end. He writes about how we all have our struggles in dealing with an invisible God based on the bad things that happen in this world to believers. He brings out the important point that God takes those bad things that happen to us and ironically uses them to bring about good things. I have experienced exactly that in my life. He also discusses how we grow spiritually from a child, to an adult and finally to a parent. If ...more
Raymond
Jun 23, 2007 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
I knew that God can't be reached the way I reach things or someone. But I don't really know how to "connect" to Him better. I always got fail to love and believe Him merely by reading Bible and Prayers.

But, after I read this book, I learned that God can only be reached within my soul, my heart and my faith. He is living inside me, He is not so far enough. He is with me. He want me to glorify His name by anything I did, I said and I thought.

Reach the invisible God is the high recommended book fo
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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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