The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith - eBook  -     By: Christopher J.H. Wright
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If we are honest, we have to admit that there are many things we don’t understand about God. We do not have final answers to the deep problems of life, and those who say they do are probably living in some degree of delusion. There are areas of mystery in our Christian faith that lie beyond the keenest scholarship or even the most profound spiritual exercises. For many people, these problems raise so many questions and uncertainties that faith itself becomes a struggle, and the very person and character of God are called into question. Chris Wright encourages us to face up to the limitations of our understanding and to acknowledge the pain and grief they can often cause. But at the same time, he wants us to be able to say, like the psalmist in Psalm 73: “But that’s all right. God is ultimately in charge and I can trust him to put things right. Meanwhile, I will stay near to my God, make him my refuge, and go on telling of his deeds.”

Author Bio

Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. After teaching the Old Testament in India and the UK, he also served as chair of the Lausanne Movement’s Theology Working Group and was the chief architect of the Cape Town Commitment at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010. His books include: Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary), Salvation Belongs to Our God, The Mission of God, The God I Don't Understand, and The Mission of God's People. Chris and his wife Liz who have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, live in London, Uk, and belong to All Souls Church.

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Why do people suffer? Why is the God of the Hebrew Bible so capricious? How can we make sense of Jesus Christ's suffering on the cross and the meaning of a redemption won through such a violent act? Does the end of the world represent the end of time, space, and history? Wright, an internationally known theologian, author and educator, attempts to answer these questions as he honestly grapples with his lack of understanding of much of God's activity in this rather workmanlike book. He observes that the Bible is chock full of examples of individuals struggling to understand God's role in their lives, from Sarah's attempt to come to terms with her barrenness to the Psalmist's anguished cry of long-suffering, "How long, O Lord?" Regrettably, Wright's sometimes forceful questions lose their strength as he takes refuge in the simplistic conclusion that God is always big enough to absorb our doubts. In the end, Wright is not confident enough to step out of his comfort zone and to examine a broader range of perspectives on these questions. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Auburn, AL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good book
    July 23, 2012
    VicP
    Auburn, AL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
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    I have not finished reading the book, but what I've read so far is very helpful. I've been teaching adult Sunday School classes for more than 30 years, and the questions about the God of love doing strange things in the OT are tough to answer. We're studying Joshua and Judges right now, so the book is very relavent to our study. We need to be ready to answer questions from those who have no knowledge of Scripture, and I think this book helps.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book gives encouragement.
    July 20, 2012
    mattie
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for .
    This book gives encourage when something happens we don't understand why it happened. Proverbs 3: 5-6 helps a lot also. ( Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths).
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 7, 2009
    Maria Marino
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    If you were to survey every classroom, church and home asking if anyone understood God, inevitably there wouldnt be a soul who would make that claim. It is from this common ground that The God I Dont Understand takes root. By digging into the bible, extracting the truths embedded in the scriptures, Christopher H. Wright tackles the tough questions of faith with loaded evidence. Clearly written by a biblical scholar and teacher, this book brings into focus the God we come to know and understand according to the scriptures. It points to the God who reveals enough of Himself to justify our trust and worship even though there will always be things about Him we cant comprehend. It piles up a hefty stack of credible reasons to believe while leaving plenty of room to humbly accept and appreciate the mystery, confusion and questions that linger. Ironically, by investigating the questions that baffle and bewilder, a pathway to greater understanding opens up.Conveniently divided into four sections of reflection: What about Evil and Suffering?, What about the Canaanites?, What about the Cross?, and What about the End of the World?, The God I Dont Understand easily converts into an enriching individual or group bible study. If youve ever wanted to come closer to the God you love but dont always understand, this book is well worth the read. No doubt about it.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 14, 2009
    wyn
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    This is definitely as the subtitle says ~ A Reflection ~ Mr Wright is writing about those questions, from a scholar's perspective, that just don't get answered definitively by the Bible. He uses his own experiences for illustations so it's not just a theoretical interpretation but also has humour and reality situations. In the Preface he states: "To know God, to love and trust him with all one's heart and soul and strength, is not the same as to understand God in all his ways" Isaiah 55:8-9" I believe that that is an important point to make especially to those who ask for answers to everything before they will believe. God doesn't answer all the questions that we have. Mr. Wright points out that one of the questions that isn't answered is about evil. That God says in effect don't question it, just reject it. An interesting stance. The book is divided into 4 topics, Evil, Canaanites, the Cross, and the End Times. His beliefs and understandings about what the bible says in these cases are interesting and not run-of-the-mill. This book would make an excellent small study group project but I would want someone in the leadership to be acquainted thoroughly with the bible and what it actually says.This is a good book worth studying.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 13, 2009
    Bill W Murray
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    Christopher Wright is a prominent light these days in the evangelical Christian world both as a writer and a leader. He generally writes from a pastoral viewpoint. In this particular work, Wright approaches some of the "tough questions" persons may have as they read through the Bible. The title and the opening pages clearly show that God is not always easily understandable by the seasoned Bible scholar and pastor, so the "average pew sitter" should not be frustrated or overwhelmed when he may encounter difficulties, implying to the reader "you are not alone." Wright does make it a point to remind, however, that, though one may not understand God and his actions fully, yet he is worthy of appreciation, worship, and full trust. "[T]o know God, to love and trust him with all one's heart and soul and strength, is not the same as to understand God in all his ways" (13). After all, he is God; we are not. Wright divided his work into four major sections: What about Evil and Suffering? What about the Canaanites? What about the Cross? and, What about the End of the World? At the back of the book, the interested reader will find a very useful section for further reading organized around the four section topics. This section alone is worth the price of the book. This book is recommended for those who have never considered these tough questions of life or who are only beginning to ask these questions. Wright offers a pastoral encouragement to understand evil and its impact on you and your world, an encouragement to understand the God who does control his universe and will bring it to a glorious positive conclusion, and an encouragement to trust in him whose actions are not always understandable. My only question relates to the section on the Canaanites. This section seems overlong. However, this detail may well help the regular reader or the one who does struggle with the concept of God's punishment of those contrary.
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