Disappointment with God

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Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey Summary

Is God Unfair? Is God Silent? Is God Hidden? These questions are asked with piercing honesty and biblical certainty. Step by step, Philip Yancey retraces the long journey toward understanding the answers to these and other questions. If God desires our love, why does he sometimes put obstacles in the way? Why does he seem so distant? What can we expect from him after all? No part of the Bible goes unstudied in the author's search for God's hidden nature in this compelling and profound book. A Gold Medallion Award winner, Disappointment with God has had an overwhelming impact on many lives -- it can change yours.

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Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey Summary

"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. A best-selling award-winning book.

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Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey Summary

Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In this 25th Anniversary edition of Disappointment with God, Yancey poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if he cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from him after all? Yancey answers these questions with clarity, richness, and biblical assurance. He takes us beyond the things that make for disillusionment to a deeper faith, a certitude of God's love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is. Included in this anniversary edition is a study guide with questions about these perplexing questions of faith that the author confronts.

Where Is God When It Hurts?

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This perennial best-seller, now in a revised and expanded edition, includes a study guide. The book and study materials focus on the role of pain in God's plan for life and how we can respond to it.

The Oracle of Malachi

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The Oracle of Malachi by Jerry Marshall Summary

This is a story for today, 2,500 years in the making... The most important aspect of life is your spiritual condition and your attitude toward God. It is at the epicenter of all of your existence. It impacts your worldview and the moral system that guides your life decisions. It will shape the quality of your life. This book is designed to help those who struggle with mindsets that are dangerous to their spiritual condition and their relationship with God. It will not only expose the corrupting attitude of disappointment with God, but will also provide some helpful ways to remain steadfast in your faith, love and devotion to the God who makes all things beautiful in His time. The Israelites in Malachi's day had forgotten this lesson. And the price they paid was severe. They have a lesson to teach us. A lesson that has been waiting 2,500 years for you to hear it.

CHURCH DISAPPOINTMENT? HIS APPOINTMENT!

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CHURCH DISAPPOINTMENT? HIS APPOINTMENT! by David Spoon Summary

God loved you when He called you, God loves you in the midst of your pain and frustration, and God will love you for all eternity. We need to understand…A Church Disappointment may be HIS APPOINTMENT! This is a book for anyone who has been through a painful experience or was involved in a church as a member, a leader, or an attender, and now finds themselves hurt, confused, wandering, or just wondering… Why did God allow that to happen? Using his own painful church experience, David Spoon shows that being wounded isn’t the end of the world – In fact, it can actually be a good thing. Through a fascinating journey, David Spoon, in his book Church Disappointment? His Appointment! captures the heart of Jesus for the church’s disappointed believers ...and encourages them to Try Again!” -Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

The Limits to Union

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The Limits to Union by Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller Summary

Offers a case study of the same-sex marriage debate in Hawaii to discuss wider questions of political import

The Surprising Grace of Disappointment

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The Surprising Grace of Disappointment by John M Koessler Summary

Disappointment is a feeling everyone knows well—failed relationships, buyer’s remorse, unmet expectations, and so on. In a broken world, disappointment surrounds us. But Christians know that Jesus will never disappoint us, right? Wrong. John Koessler explains how Jesus disappoints everyone. He never fails, but he does disappoint. We come to Jesus with false expectations, demanding or expecting things he doesn’t promise, and then when he doesn’t deliver, we are disappointed by Him. But Koessler explains how this can be the best thing for us even though it doesn’t feel good. He describes how this sort of disappointment takes our wrong expectations and sets them straight, bringing us closer to Jesus and into a deeper understanding of his very surprising grace. This book is a wonderful resource for people struggling with life’s hard times as well as for counselors or pastors seeking to help others.

Blindsided by God

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Blindsided by God by Peter Chin Summary

It took thirty years to build Peter's faith, but only three months to knock it down. When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen? But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good. Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.

Embracing a Feeling Heart

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Embracing a Feeling Heart by Wendy J. Mahill Summary

Embracing a Feeling Heart is a Christ-centered curriculum for people who would like to learn about the role that emotions play in our lives. God created people to feel a wide array of emotions, which give us valuable information about our hearts. Because of the fall, we tend to mishandle, misread, repress, suppress, avoid, or deny feelings, which make us great pretenders and experts at deceit. If you've been taught that emotions are unimportant or wrong to feel and express or you have experienced shame over the emotions you experience, this book will give you new insights that will give you the freedom to experience all the emotions you were created to feel. This book can also help you learn to live a more authentic life, experience a deeper sense of community by helping you to form heart connections, and give you a deeper understanding of the Creator.Wendy J. Mahill is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a lay counselor at Riverlakes Community Church in Bakersfield, California, and the director of Passionate Heart Ministries. She's written two other books used in this ministry. Growing a Passionate Heart is designed to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse and Growing a Courageous Heart is designed to help women struggling with eating disorders. For more information visit our website www.passionateheartministry.com.In Embracing a Feeling Heart, Wendy Mahill gives feelings a voice. In this epic journey of healing through feeling, Wendy pours out her personal testimony in each chapter helping to bring about greater relevance, awareness, and understanding. I whole heartedly recommend Wendy's book. Through this curriculum and the power of Christ, healing steps can be taken from denying a wounded heart to Embracing a Feeling Heart.Tim Hardy, MFTPastor of Care MinistriesLaurelglen Bible Church

Reaching for the Invisible God

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Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey Summary

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?Many have found the bright promises people make about God don't work. Others have seen God's promises work, but have stumbled, and want to believe again. Author Philip Yancey pointed out in Disappointment with God some of the false expectations people have in God and his workings. It's time now to turn the coin. In Reaching for the Invisible God Yancey answers the question What Can We Expect from God? with a surprising investigation of how the Christian life really does work.The average person often finds that what they hear in a sermon or read in a Bible corresponds to little of what they experience. Why? When others do experience great things from God, those who sense "business as usual" in their spiritual life ask, "What's wrong with me?" God doesn't do certain things he could--heal, mend, or change--but what does he do? How does God work, and how does he work with me?In taking on these questions Yancey continues his quest to help readers get close to the core of Christian truth and experience. Reaching for the Invisible God develops what we can expect from God by taking readers to six foundational areas: the thirst or hunger for God, God himself, the Spirit, faith, growth, and personal transformation in the spiritual life. Reaching for the Invisible God also explores the personality of God, the choice God made in limiting himself, and the great condescension he made as the Holy Spirit, choosing to live in human beings. Finally, Reaching for the Invisible God comes to an appropriate finish as Yancey writes about growth, about childlike living under God apart from unrealistic expectations, legalisms, and unhealthy dependence. The goal is mature childlikeness, with no preconceptions, an ability to accept gifts from God, and trust, which lead to the responses of love, sacrifice, the denial of self, and servant leadership.In Reaching for the Invisible God Philip Yancey writes with honesty about the Christian life, about how to get along with God, how to believe again, and about the Reaching for the Invisible God of faith, or the things people never told you about the Christian life. It's the real scoop and straight talk about the truth--like an operating manual for faith. It is for the reader seeking to be honest with God. And it will help anyone wanting to explain to friends what life as a Christian is all about.

When Heaven Seems Silent

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When Heaven Seems Silent by Mark Endres,Tammy Endres Summary

Offers Christians advice on what to do when it seems like God is not answering their prayers, including how to really hear God's voice, how to overcome disappointment, and how to face strong emotions.

Finding God in the Shack

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Finding God in the Shack by Roger E. Olson Summary

The Shack has touched millions of readers with its portrayal of a compassionate God in the face of great evil. Many have identified with the main character's Great Sadness, the terrible burden of grief that often accompanies and follows a deep loss, for the Great Sadness is part of the human condition. And it compels us to ask, Where is God? Who is God? Roger Olson, who has faced his own Great Sadness, finds a good deal of comfort in this much beloved, story as have so many others. Some may ask, however, Is God really like that? Is that really how God responds to evil? Can God be trusted? Olson also views The Shack with a theologian's eye and finds much sound truth. He delves into many of the significant issues raised by the book such as forgiving those who have done us great evil, how God acts in the world, how God is three persons in one and what difference this makes to us. While he offers his own criticisms of the book, he largely finds the truth about God in The Shack.

Angry with God

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Angry with God by Michele Novotni,Randy Petersen Summary

We've all faced anger, sadness, frustration, confusion, disappointment, fear, or depression at some point in our lives. We know that we need to get to the root of the problem in order to fix it. But what do you do when you feel that God is the root of the problem? What do you do when you're angry with God? Psychologist Michele Novotni noticed that many of her clients who were working through their anger with people had a parallel need to work through their anger with God. Beneath the psychological issues, many of us also silently struggle with our faith. Yet, we are afraid to give voice to this anger. We're told that "good" people, "people of faith, " accept what happens without asking questions. Unvoiced thoughts are forced underground, leaving us feeling disconnected from God or even flat-out angry with God -- but unable to do much about it. It's time to break the silence. This book won't try to talk you out of your anger, but it will talk you through it while presenting an image of a compassionate God who continues to love you.

Disappointment

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Disappointment by Kristi Walker Summary

Disappointment is something everyone has faced: the loss of a job. An in ability to become pregnant. The sudden death of a friend or family member. A failed test. A broken promise. The game-winning shot that doesn't go in. Three words from the doctor: "You've got cancer." While all of us have faced it, not all of us have learned to manage the reality of disappointment in our lives. Kristi Walker has taken on this task, and in this book she is presenting a biblical perspective on a topic with which everyone is familiar. And while this book was written with women in mind, men will do well to put into practice the principles Kristi writes about. Kristi does a great job of combining powerful personal stories with rich Scriptural content, making "Disappointment" an excellent resource for anyone going through tough times. There is only one person that will never disappoint us, and Kristi does a fantastic job of pointing the reader back to Him, with truth wrapped in understanding.

What's So Amazing about Grace?

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What's So Amazing about Grace? by Philip Yancey Summary

The visual edition takes the text of the Gold Medallion Award-winning original and illustrates its themes and message with provocative full-color photography and illustrations; readers can 'experience grace' as they interact with its engaging content.

When God Doesn't Heal Now

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When God Doesn't Heal Now by Larry Keefauver Summary

God has healed in the past and wants to heal now. But though they pray in faith, go to healing meetings, and strive to have enough faith, many are not healed as they would wish to be. When God Doesn't Heal Now examines the myths about healing that are built on partial truths and looks at the profound relationship between prayer, healing, and the sovereignty of God. This guide offers a balanced look at teachings on healing, faith healers, and ways to bring biblical clarity to beliefs that often foster guilt, defeat, and despair when believers are not immediately healed. When God Doesn't Heal Now is an encouraging book which affirms the biblical truth that God is our healer.

The Wonder of the Cross

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The Wonder of the Cross by Richard A. Shenk Summary

When considering and confronting the problem of evil, we may be asking the wrong question: Why is there evil in the world if God is good and powerful? It may be wrong because it smuggles in an unbiblical premise: God can and should use his coercive power to relieve suffering since he is both good and able. But what if coercive power does not work to accomplish God's goals? This book is an investigation into the possibility that the noncoercive power of the Cross must be at the center of this issue, and that the Cross could reform this question. We could ask, instead, How is God destroying evil and suffering--and why is he taking so long? The answer to this reframed question might be: He is using evil and suffering to destroy evil and suffering for His People; this is how long it takes. While not a "solution" to the problem of evil, could this help us learn to delight in God in a world in which evil and suffering seem at times so relentless?

The Jesus I Never Knew

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The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey Summary

Who is Jesus to you? A spiritual superman or a revolutionary? And if you lived when He walked the earth, how would you have seen Him then? Philip Yancy takes an intimate look at Jesus' life - from His family and teachings to His death and resurrection. Your stereotypes will be challenged and your comfort zones eroded with startlingly fresh perspectives on the authentic Jesus and His sayings. Christians will discover that Jesus was far more than they ever imagined - more disturbing, more comforting, and more satisfying. Open your mind and your heart to a renewed passion for Christ.