You probably have questions about the Christian faith that you are afraid to ask, such as: How does a "relationship" with God really work? How can I communicate with a God who is invisible? Why don't I feel the presence of God that others seem to experience? Fortunately, best-selling author Philip Yancey has dared to ask these questions and, as a result, is able to teach us truths that even our Pastors never told us about the Christian faith. In this powerful volume Yancey will explain how your doubts and questions about the Christian life can be a means of Reaching for the Invisible God. This book is a wonderful guide for those who love God and are looking for more than pat answers to life's imponderables.
How does a relationship with God really work? How do I relate to a God who is invisible, when Im never quite sure hes 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.
Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com
HPopular theologian Yancey (The Jesus I Never Knew; What's So Amazing About
Grace?) steers clear of trite detours, inviting readers to travel through some
of the most difficult aspects of nurturing a human relationship with a
transcendent God. Drawing upon wide experience and a rich well of stories,
Yancey considers honestly the predicaments of human existence. We are
distracted with the daily grind, checking our e-mail more often than we
meditate. We banish doubts in the name of more streamlined versions of success
and self-fulfillment. Christians in particular, Yancey says, are often guilty
of worshipping the impossible while failing to believe in the possibleDthat
relationship of grace God extends to humankind daily. With common sense and a
poetic sensibility, Yancey poses fruitful questions and offers real insights.
In the search for signposts of the invisible God, Yancey beckons readers to the
Bible to encounter God's loving and gracious personality. Without clich s, he
reminds us that doubt and difficulty can be catalysts for intimacy with God.
And with humor and fair wisdom, he talks about seeking the Holy Spirit: "To
reach for the Spirit is like hunting for your eyeglasses while wearing them."
In conversation with the many sages he citesDC.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton and
Umberto Eco, to name a fewDYancey is at once pastoral and provocative. Meet a
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