The best Christian book I've ever read for its honesty. Philip Yancey saved my faith. His arguments are at the same time theologically sound, sensible, rational and profoundly humane. Should be compulsory in seminars !
The strengths of this book that I have found are many, whereas the weaknesses of this book are few. God doesn't always do what we think he's supposed to do. Yanceys book is very insightful and deeply personally. It connects with the reader, or personally with me, in such a way as though it feels like Yancey knows you personally and knows your problems. Of course Yancey may not know you personally, but he uses the concept of God and the truths that make up His character, and then speaks directly to how every human deals with the realities of life.This book contains no complete, exhaustive, satisfactory answer to every one of lifes problems. It hits the reader where home is. It connects with simple truths and simple statements. One problem that may arise to a reader who is currently dealing with a situation or feeling disappointment with God, is that it may not answer all of their questions. I intend to conclude with a simple truth that I discovered in this book that will help anyone in any situation, even those currently in a state of disappointment with God, be able to deal with disappointment and be able to push that aside. This book makes it clear that we cannot know everything nor be able to settle everything. God doesnt always reveal Himself to us because there is simply no need to do so. We need to have faith when in situations of disappointment.There are many strengths to this book but the only weakness that I could find is that Yancey does not answer all of the questions or satisfy the reader completely. But in this simple truth we find the ultimate disappointment that Yancey was trying to get across to the reader. We are incapable of knowing all of the truths and all of the answers to all of lifes problems or mysteries. Yancey is unable to answer all of the questions because he simply cannot. Yancey cannot satisfy the reader completely. The only weakness of the book is the greatest truth it intends to display.
In "Disappointment with God," Philip Yancey does a masterful job of dealing with the subject at hand, among other things aptly demonstrating that the miracle-on-demand faith of so many professing Christians is actually very counterproductive to the genuine faith that God desires for and from his children. If anything, God has far more reason to be disappointed with us instead of the other way around.