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

By Philip Yancey (Author)
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In Disappointment With God, Philip Yancey explored how we frequently have false expectations of God and the way he interacts with us and the world. Now he looks at the situation from the other side, asking "How do we relate to a God who is invisible, when we are never quite sure he is there?" With his unflinching determination to explore truth, Yancey investigates how we communicate with an invisible God. He probes an area of faith where theology and personal experience often oppose each other and searches out workable ways for Christians to grow into what he calls "childlike maturity."

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'How do I relate to a God who is invisible when I'm never quite sure he's there?' ---Philip Yancey Life with God doesn't always work out like you think it should. High expectations slam against the reality of personal weaknesses and unwelcome surprises. And the God who, you've been told, wants a personal relationship with you may seem remote, emotionally unavailable. Is God playing games? What can you count on this God for? How can you know God? This relationship with a God you can't see, hear, or touch---how does it really work? Reaching for the Invisible God offers deep, satisfying insights to the questions you are sometimes afraid to ask. Honest and deeply personal, here is straight talk on Christian living for the reader who wants more than pat answers to life's imponderables. Ultimately, Yancey shifts the focus from your questions to the One who offers himself in answer. 'A brilliant book. It is both profound and simple, the best blend, in my view. Simple is neither shallow, nor simplistic. The sections on doubt and God's 'absence' are classics.' ---Rick Warren, pastor and author, The Purpose Driven Life

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HPopular theologian Yancey (The Jesus I Never Knew; What's So Amazing About Grace?) steers clear of trite detours, inviting readers to travel through some of the most difficult aspects of nurturing a human relationship with a transcendent God. Drawing upon wide experience and a rich well of stories, Yancey considers honestly the predicaments of human existence. We are distracted with the daily grind, checking our e-mail more often than we meditate. We banish doubts in the name of more streamlined versions of success and self-fulfillment. Christians in particular, Yancey says, are often guilty of worshipping the impossible while failing to believe in the possibleDthat relationship of grace God extends to humankind daily. With common sense and a poetic sensibility, Yancey poses fruitful questions and offers real insights. In the search for signposts of the invisible God, Yancey beckons readers to the Bible to encounter God's loving and gracious personality. Without clich s, he reminds us that doubt and difficulty can be catalysts for intimacy with God. And with humor and fair wisdom, he talks about seeking the Holy Spirit: "To reach for the Spirit is like hunting for your eyeglasses while wearing them." In conversation with the many sages he citesDC.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton and Umberto Eco, to name a fewDYancey is at once pastoral and provocative. Meet a friend. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2013
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310247306  
ISBN13  9780310247302  
UPC  025986247300  

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Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website:

Philip Yancey currently resides in the state of Colorado. Philip Yancey was born in 1949.

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One of his best  Aug 31, 2006
While I am a fan of Yancey's work, I often find that his books tend to get a little tedious and repetitive about 2/3 of the way through. I also find myself wondering when he's going to stop rehashing the same doubts that he seems to always write about. Having struggles in one's faith is normal and good, by I often think he gets on a gerbil wheel and won't get off. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised that this book didn't follow this pattern.
It was engaging from start to finish, and yes he does quote quite a few writers, but it's not like the book is nothing but quotations with a little writing in between.
For someone who is at a stage in their spiritual life where doubts are creeping from all sides, this is a good book to sit down and read. The only flaw I would point out is the abrubt way that he ends it. Maybe this was intentional, to illustrate some point. But other than that, it was a good book that I will probably pick up and read again some day.
Excellent Book, Excellent Author  May 31, 2006
Evangelical Christians are well known for throwing around `relationship with God.' But what does this mean? We have relationships with our spouses, with our children, with our bosses, with the clerk at 7-11, but all of these relationships are different. How does a relationship with the almighty, omniscient God work? As Evangelicals, we also like to throw around the term, "It's not religion, it is a relationship." But what does that mean? Yancey (the master question asker) asks these questions and many more questions that Christians ask themselves at some point in their `relationships' with God Almighty.

What I appreciate the most about Philip Yancey as an author is his humility. He writes honestly, and his books lack the thick layer of pride that often has to be scraped off many Christian books. I believe he does an excellent job answering some very difficult questions, but it is done with meekness and little hint of arrogance. The subject matter itself is one that requires humility to attempt to discuss for the concept of a relationship with an almighty God requires instant modesty for those entering this relationship.

Yancey brings up an excellent point in this book about how Evangelical Christians often abuse the concept of a relationship with God. Some see God as the big buddy in the sky. We often say things like, "God is telling me right now to....." Christians use these tactics to manipulate others. Who can argue with that? But does God really tell us things like that? We often set ourselves up for abuse, manipulation and disappointment when we sing praise songs like, "I want to touch you. I want to see your face." Yet the bible makes no such promise for us to touch or see God in this life.

Chapter three is an excellent section about doubt. Any thinking Christian has gone through serious doubts about their faith, their Bible or their God. Yancey has obviously gone through such doubts but comes to the somewhat dark conclusion that, "One of the strongest reasons I stay in the fold is the lack of good alternatives." Christianity has its logical `holes', but when stacked against any other worldview- it seems watertight. When you look at the alternatives as Yancey has, nothing compares to Christianity. And even though we don't have all the answers, there are paradoxes, and we cannot wrap our minds around some of our basic beliefs- Christianity is the only thing that makes sense of this world- logically and philosophically.

After the first two parts of the book, the last four hone in on the Christian's relationship to his God. Some of the chapters in the last half of the book are informationally slow and somewhat obvious. But there are some chapters that do an excellent job describing some deep spiritual concepts in regard to our relationship with God. Some basic, yet very important ideas that Yancey expounds on include the greatness of God, identification with God's son and the acceptance that is found in that identification, the ever attractive problem of legalism, and the power of free will. All of these concepts are tied closely to our relationship with God.

This book was great, one of the best I have read ever. The writing style was perfect, not to deep and not too shallow. Whenever I read books, I snag quotes and record them into a database for later use. I got over 70 out of this book, there were some real gems. I would recommend this book to any Christian- especially any Christian who appreciates thinking about some of the tough issues in Christianity.
A painfully honest book  May 8, 2006
I found Yancey's truthfulness to be refreshing. Whether you read this book as a Christian or someone just searching, you will find, I am sure, that Yancey is honest. In fact so honest that there are times that you feel like cringing. Why is Yancey revealing family secrets? Should he point out our weaknesses like that?

I learned a lot from this book. I learned that a relationship with God is a difficult one because it is a relationship between a finite being with limited understanding (me) and an infinite, all-knowing God. No wonder I have problems relating.

I suppose one of the most common questions people ask is, assuming God is, why he doesn't show himself to us? Yancey does not admit to have all the answers but what helped me to understand God's `reluctance' to show himself to us is that if he did it would remove our freedom of choice; we would have no choice but to believe. One of the wonders of this world is our free will.

I think for those who are honestly seeking ultimate truth, this book will go some way in pointing someone towards the Scriptures and ultimately Christ Jesus himself. In the end, what will matter is our individual relationship with this invisible God.

One gripe with Yancey was his reliance on Catholic authors. For an evangelical (if he is one), he leans so heavily on Catholic sources that one would think he was a Jesuit priest. But that criticism aside, I would highly recommend this book.
Keeping in real  Apr 16, 2006
Ever noticed that God is invisible?

Philip Yancy in his typical "I'm on this journey too" style talks about what it is really like to be in relationship with God. He likens it to real life relationships, with Parents, Children and other adult friends. There are times of closeness and times things people feel more distant. Times for us to learn and grow up, and times when we help others grow.

The thing I like most of about the book is his emphasis of "keeping it real". Many people feel their faith, and relationship with God is inadequate or substandard. But really it is quite normal, and part of having a relationship with and invisible God.
Honest account of being Christian  Jan 11, 2006
I really enjoyed reading this book because this book gave me a very honest, down-to-earth portrayal of what to expect from Christianity. I loved the author's numerous analogies a lot as I found them helpful in making me understand my relationship with God in a more tangible way. For anyone truly seeking to get to know more about God, this will prove to be an interesting pick.

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