What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters - eBook
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Does what we believe about God really matter? In What Good is God? Phillip Yancey travels the globe in search of an answer. From Virginia Tech's devastated campus, to shell-shocked Mumbai, India--he uncovers faith and hope alive in the hearts of those you may least expect. Yancey also shares several messages he delivered at speaking engagements, such as a conference on ministry to women in prostitution, or at Oxford University for the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Each of the ten stories Yancey shares offer firsthand evidence that faith does matter in real life, even when that belief is sorely tested.
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Publication Date: 2010
Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in WHAT GOOD IS GOD? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: Mumbai, India when the firing started during the terrorist attacks; at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre; an AA convention; and even to a conference for women in prostitution. At each of the 10 places he visited, his preparation for the visit and exactly what he said to the people he met each provided evidence that faith really does work when what we believe is severely tested. WHAT GOOD IS GOD? tells the story of Philips journey--the background, the preparation, the presentations themselves. Here is a story of grace for armchair travelers, spiritual seekers, and those in desperate need of assurance that their faith really matters.
The search for God in the midst of horror, disaster, and loss has confounded believers for centuries. How does belief actually matter in the lives of those who suffer? Yancey, popular journalist and public speaker, travels the world and attempts to make some theological sense of the hurting people and devastated places he observes, from Virginia Tech to Mumbai. The author is very adept at walking the fine line between being "in" the world and being "of" the world. His global treks allow opportunities for dialogue with other cultures and religions, but his grounding is clearly in Christian scripture, which serves as a safe port when he encounters choppy secular waters. Particularly moving are the author's stories about China and his trip to a convention for former sex workers in Wisconsin. Somehow, redemption shines through in all of these encounters, and faith in God and humanity emerges intact, if a little bruised. The author truly believes that God can be found in the lives of ordinary people all over the world, and his compelling stories may just convince others, too. (Oct. 19) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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DaveAge: 45-54Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Creatively written, short on biblical supportAugust 27, 2013DaveAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2This is an interesting read from the start. Yancey interweaves a backstory with an actual lecture he made at various venues over the past 5 to 10 years. The writing is beautiful and the stories are gripping. But this is little theological, biblical reply to the question asked in the title. Anecdotes are cleverly written, and only a cold heart would deny that the events recounted display an opportunity to warm the questioning soul toward things of God and probe the bigger question of God's value in daily living and in His goodness. But I did not find consistent take-home messages that could be universalized, because so little scripture is sighted to substantiate Yancey's claims. Interesting book to read, but not what I thought I was getting from reading the title or the description.
ChuckAkron, NYAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Yancey is my favorite Christian author!February 15, 2013ChuckAkron, NYAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I plan to give it to my 2 sons who have wandered far from God
PumpkinNorth CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 4, 2012PumpkinNorth CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Philip Yancy is the writer all true seekers of answers that we would ask if we dared. He has done it again. Read it if you want an honest answer to the question.
SparkieChicago suburbs, IllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Yancey has always been one of my favorite authors!August 24, 2012SparkieChicago suburbs, IllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Philip Yancey has long been one of my favorite authors!
He has an honest and engaging writing style that draws me into his subject matter. He makes a strong presentation of God's amazing love and grace to all who seek Him. He uses his own life experiences and personal struggles to teach how God deals with each of us in a unique way to bring us to himself. Yancey also uses stories to present real life examples of God's mighty work in all our lives. I am always deeply touched by his books.
Jo Ann R of NicevilleNiceville, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Worth the read-January 9, 2012Jo Ann R of NicevilleNiceville, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There isn't enough time for all the good books written, so focus on the great ones. This is a great book. Yancey demonstrates the purpose of faith in the hardest of circumstances with his simple and clear approach.
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