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Patience with God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing In Us

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For all the debate about belief and nonbelief in today’s world—and how everyone becomes pigeonholed by one or the other— Tomáš Halík teaches that God requires us to persevere with our doubts, carry them in our hearts, and allow them to lead us to maturity. For Halík, patience is the main difference between faith and atheism. Faith, hope, and love are three aspects of patie ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Doubleday Religion (first published January 2009)
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...ressurreição só é ressurreição quando acontece dentro..."
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knowledge-of-god
What if atheism is not a disease that needs eradicated? What if it isn’t an enemy that needs vanquished? What if atheism isn’t the opponent of faith? What if atheism lays on the same continuum of faith? What if it is the atheist—the vocal, passionate, and suffering atheist—who stands in solidarity with the kenotic Christ? What if it is the atheist who best understands the derelict cries of the godforsaken Christ of Golgotha?

In his new book Patience with God, Thomas Halík argues that the atheist
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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This book isn't a quick read, and I found it somewhat challenging. I read a little of it and put it aside for several months. I'm reading the Bible, so when I picked up "Patience with God" again, maybe it helped that I had a more complete point of reference. Halfway through, it seemed to pick up.

The author was a psychotherapist during the communist era in the former Czechoslovakia. During that time, he was secretly ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church. Imagine having to keep something lik
May 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I wanted to like it. There is a situation in my life (as most people probably have) where I could use more patience. Where I find myself growing impatient with God and His plan for me. I hoped that this book would help me gain better perspective.

For me, it was too much history, too much about atheists and atheism and not enough material that was applicable to my life. Maybe others will read it and find deeper meaning that I missed in the histori
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway!

I give this book five stars for the premise but only one star for readability. I fully support Halik's premise that Christians should follow the example of Christ and reach out to those on the "fringe" of society like Zacchaeus. Those who are rejected or ignored by the mainstream church are often those most in need of the love of Christ. Sadly, they are the ones most often shunned by Christians.

There was a great quote on the first page that has stuck in my mi
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Halik uses the story of Zaccheus to prescribe patience to the doubters, the fringe dwellers, and the outsiders of Christian faith. And while he spends a fair bit of time with that central biblical account, he doesn't stay there exclusively, rather exploring the theme from a variety of angles and perspectives. He does so with great insight not just into the nature of patience, but of those closely related prescriptions: faith, hope, and love. For Halik, patience is intimately connected to each of ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
January, 2011:Very interesting. Having patience with the silence or seeming absence of God. I learned a lot from this book. Tomas Halik has a thought-provoking concept of atheists as fellow travelers on the road toward God, with the difference being a matter of patience. Of course, a not insignificant matter. This is only one of the insights that has stuck with me after readingthe book, and I have not done justice to the depth of thought put into the idea, with these few words in this review
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked some parts better than others. It is a dense/heady book at some points and requires discussion and re-reading of parts. The basic idea is that God loves people, like Zacchaeus who live on the "Fringes" of society and who have potentially been too easily dismissed by the "organized church". It is a hopeful book for those who can't see the world in black and white and live in the grey amidst the doubters.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, religion
In het Nederlands: 'Geduld met God. Twijfel als brug tussen geloven en niet-geloven'.
Essays met als centrale Bijbelse figuur Zacheus, de afwachtende, de van afstand toekijkende. Verder staan centraal Therese van Lisieux, Friedrich Nietzsche en Simone Weil.
Voor het grootste deel zeer de moeite waard. Geduld als (zeer) positieve eigenschap. Ik heb vele citaten opgeschreven om te herlezen.
I'm not done with this book yet and I think it will take me some time as during the summer I'm usually much more interested in lighter reading and this is not really a light, fun beach read. I do enjoy the premise thus far and the fact that it makes me think about my faith and my beliefs. I'll continue reading and add more to this review when I complete the book.
May 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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This was a really hard book to get through. I understood the basic ideas that the author put forth, but I thought he could have written more in layman's terms and not just assumed that everyone in the world was as familiar with Nietzsche as he was.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christianity and mystery explained so well by a Catholic Czech.
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Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, wholesome
Inspirational. It gave me alot to think about. I enjoyed it.
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book - and one that I will be reading again, because there's just too much to catch in one reading. Like all great books, it provided some answers while raising further questions.
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Tomáš Halík is a Czech public intellectual, Roman Catholic priest, and scholar.
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“Mystery, unlike a mere dilemma, cannot be overcome; one must wait patiently at its threshold and persevere in it—must carry it in one's heart—just as Jesus's mother did according to the Gospel, and allow it to mature there and lead one in turn to maturity.” 2 likes
“The only person capable of addressing Zacchaeus, however, is someone for whom those people hidden in the branches of a fig tree are not strangers or aliens—someone who doesn't disdain them, who has concern for them, someone who can respond to what happens in their hearts and minds.” 1 likes
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