Dissapoint with God by Pastor Yancey was a book that helped me see certain realities of life from the bible's perspectives and to possibly see God's point of view of things. That helped me feel better, but it did not completely satisfy me. Perhaps the most important point I found in the book is that everybody who suffered tremendously, included Christ, is or was dissapointed with God at least at one point in their lives. Christ told God on the cross "My father, my father, why have you forsaken me?" That is one point Pastor Yancey makes. But none really result in a deeply satisfactory answer that make us feel that God is there to save us from horrible events in our lives. Neither it tells us why God does not always respond to our prayers when we pray for healing or salvation from any horrible situation. Pastor Yancey made me feel that at least even though God was not answering that he was there with me. I myself meditated and got to the following conclusion: If anybody ever does something really wrong to us the Lord will always be grieving just as much as we grieve. Pastor Yancey did not quoted this but the Lord reveiled this to me on my meditation and prayer: Jesus said that whatever people do to others (his little ones) they do to himself. I came out of reading that book with a more hopeful view of how much God loved me. I think it can be helpful but I am not sure it will answer all your questions with success. However, he indeed answers a few of them with good success.
This book had some really great stuff in it, but on the whole I felt let down. I am in the state which this book addresses: Disappointment with God. In the first half of the book, the initial chapters, especially those dealing with Richard, nailed me directly on the head. However, it seemed to lose focus. While some of the material would be interesting to debate in a theological context, it did nothing to help me address the issues with which I was dealing. I found the second half of the book to be far more on target. However, it left me with no resolution besides: Ultimately, God is unfathomable and unknowable.Perhaps I had set the expectations a little to high to begin with. Yancey is an excellent author and has many excellent books. I just found that it really didn't help me all that much.
Perfect - this book made me think... and think more... and then think some more. I'm a new Christian and this book not only approached the questions that I have had (that most Christians were telling me to pray about, but refused to discuss them with me), Philip Yancey spoke plainly about his experiences and gave some friendly advice. I really felt like the book was more like a letter to me personally, the way he wrote it, instead of some textbook for overcoming something. In the end, he was human and real, saying that disappointment with God is a normal thing that everyone feels at one point or another, and burying it deep inside is not going to make you any more Christian or saved than approaching God with it. I loved everything about this book - read it in like 3 days - couldn't put it down - have notes all over the margins and will pass it to a friend. I highly (obviously) recommend it to anyone who wants to have a real experience :)
I beleive that the subject of the reality of suffering, depsite the goodness of God is one of the most difficult subjects to write about. I think Mr. Yancey has covered this subject masterfully. I have read numerous books on this subject, by varied authors for the last ten years. But I have never come across a book so insightful. Most of what I read has been stabs in the dark and attempts at awkward rationalizatons. The profoundness of Mr. Yancey's book is that he uses perspective to deal with the subject of adversity. Until reading this book, I missed the obvious and that is, to understand this complicated subject I need to try to see it from God's viewpoint. When understood by man's point of view there will never be any complete sucess at understanding. That is the genius of this book; that idea alone makes it a fascinating read. The writing is also excellent. He makes a complicated subject and creates an explanation that seems effortless. He writes with much forthrightness and honesty, but also with sensitivity.
The only reason I gave this book a 4.5 instead of a 5.0 is because of the title. While the book was inspired as a result of disappointment with God, the content is more reflective of getting to know God. I learned things about God in this book that answered questions that have plagued me as a Chrisian for decades. Example: The answer to predestination through the concept of God being the same yesterday, today & tomorrow.