Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying   -     By: Drew Dyck
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Is your deity domesticated---a malleable source of love and good feelings? If you're hungry for more than a simple and sedate spiritual life, Dyck says it's time to chart a course away from the "safe" harbor of sanitized, predictable religion and discover just how "dangerous" God's majesty, love, and power really are! 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 140020545X
ISBN-13: 9781400205455

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"A needed corrective to self-indulgent Christianity." Philip Yancey

"A stirring challenge." Lee Strobel

"A strong antidote against a domesticated God." Matthew Lee Anderson

When was the last time you were overawed by God’s majesty? Have you ever stood in stunned silence at his holiness and power?

In our shallow, self-centered age, things like truth and reverence might seem outdated, lost. Yet we’re restless. And our failed attempts to ease our unrest point to an ancient ache for an experience of the holy.

Drew Dyck makes a compelling case that what we seek awaits us in the untamed God of Scripture—a God who is dangerous yet accessible, mysterious yet powerfully present. He is a God who beckons us to see him with a fresh, unfiltered gaze.

Yawning at Tigers takes us past domesticated Christianity, into the wilds where God’s raw majesty, love, and power become more real and transformative than we could ever imagine.

Author Bio

Drew Nathan Dyck is managing editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today. His work has been featured in USA TodayThe Huffington Post, and The Washington Times. He is a frequent speaker at pastor conferences and on TV and radio programs in the US and Canada. He holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife, Grace, and son, Athanasius, in the Chicago area.

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenge for a correct view of God
    February 23, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Are your church services orderly, sedate and comfortable? You may not be engaging God in His dangerous presence, Dyck suggests.

    This book is an invitation to encounter God's blazing holiness. Dyck reminds us how important it is that we have a vision of that holiness. A proper knowledge of God's holiness is essential for knowing him as he really is, and who we really are. (53)

    The first half of the book is about out tendency to shrink God down to our size. We try to tame Him by ignoring His holiness. The second half of the book is about how we try to tame His love, putting limits on it. We project our own faltering love on Him.

    I'm convinced, he writes, that there's really one big question at the heart of life and that our answer to this question will ripple throughout our time on earth and into eternity. The question is simply this: are you going to believe that God loves you? (143)

    I felt the first half of the book, centering on God's holiness, was much more challenging than the second half, centering on God's love.

    If you are sensing a spiritual dissatisfaction, if you feel that God has become ordinary and commonplace, this book is for you. Real life with God is dangerous, Dyck says. If you are ready to risk it, this book is for you.

    This book would best be used in a discussion group, I think. A twenty page Discussion Guide is provided, making it a good choice for a small group or class.

    Food for thought:

    We're bored to death of living but scared to death to really live. (21)
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    For Those with a Domesticated God
    January 28, 2015
    Steve Bricker
    I just finished Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck. Let me begin by saying that one should never review a book based on the Kindle version. Though a more inexpensive alternative (and handy for reading at the gym), I miss the ease of going back to find specifics. That being the case, this will be more general than normal.

    When initially seeing the main title of this book, I immediately thought it would be yet another Christian motivational work, but the subtitle was intriguing. Instead of the constant refrain of popular Christian fare that somehow God so immanent as to be malleable and useful for our earthly or an intimate lover always longing for us to rest in His bosom as He gently caresses us. Instead, this book looks squarely at the problem that we, in our minds, have domesticated the Almighty Lord of heaven and earth, and we have lost sight that He is utterly holy and transcendentunapproachable in any regard save for His own intercession on our behalf.

    The book is divided in half with the first section describing how we have forgotten the dread of Gods awesome holiness and what we lose because of it. I was struck by the gap being overcome from reading another book* in which the author relates some of the early Church Fathers who considered to what lengths God needed to go and lower Himself to our level of language and understanding in order to reveal Himself in Scripture. The second section reviews the how we need to keep immanence and transcendence in tension in order to appreciate the gap that needed to be bridged in our sin, to demonstrate what great lengths he endured to bring himself close to us in the incarnation, and then even to suffer and die for us. God suffered for meunfathomable, but true. That shows the depths of His love.

    Dyck is an effective, engaging writer. My thoughts and emotions were stirred considering the ramifications of knowing Gods rightful place, coupled with the awful (awe-full?), yet necessary, work of redemption. My only quibble is in the perceived conclusion that we are to act in light of the relationship, and the example offered was Mama Maggie, a Coptic Christian who founded the organization Stephens Children in Egypt. I was put off by what appeared to be her mystical leanings. While her story might be worthwhile to tell, I would rather have been kept focused on Christ. That aside, this is a worthwhile read.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    August 29, 2014
    Cate H
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to review. I absolutely loved it. It gave me a whole new perspective on God. This book centers around the need to give God the awe and reverence that He deserves. In a Church that has long forgotten the fierceness of God, this is a must needed book!
  4. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Examining the Implications of God's Holiness
    May 16, 2014
    Paul ThinkingOutLoud
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Although he did a demographic study for Moody Press, this is Drew Dyck's first book with publishing giant Thomas Nelson. I'm already on my second reading of it, to reconsider things I might have missed the first time. The book has just the right mix of teaching, analogy and relevant stories from the author's personal life. It hits all the right notes, but that's to be expected from the Managing Editor of Leadership Journal, a periodical in the Christianity Today family.

    What would happen if we were to find ourselves, as we will some day, standing before a holy God? Probably a mix of terror and surprise.

    I am finding myself amazed again both by the ‘otherness' of God and by how the larger Church constantly needs new writers to bring such truth home to us in fresh ways. Think Jerry Bridges meets Donald Miller. Or something like that. I hope some of you will take the time to discover a new author.
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