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Disappointment with God

Disappointment with God Author Philip Yancey
ISBN-10 9780310344483
Release 2015-10-13
Pages 304
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Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In this 25th Anniversary edition of Disappointment with God, Yancey poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if he cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from him after all? Yancey answers these questions with clarity, richness, and biblical assurance. He takes us beyond the things that make for disillusionment to a deeper faith, a certitude of God's love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is. Included in this anniversary edition is a study guide with questions about these perplexing questions of faith that the author confronts.

Blindsided by God

Blindsided by God Author Peter Chin
ISBN-10 9781441265081
Release 2015-01-27
Pages 240
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It took thirty years to build Peter's faith, but only three months to knock it down. When Peter Chin moved his family into an inner-city neighborhood to plant a church, he was sure he was doing what God wanted. But in the span of a few months his family experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage, a break-in at their home, a breast cancer diagnosis, and the termination of their health insurance. Why would God allow these things to happen? But God had one more surprise prepared for the Chins: a child, conceived in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances, through whom Peter would realize that although God's ways were wild and strange, they were always good. Filled with twists and turns, deep insights, and surprising humor, Blindsided by God explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God's ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there's always reason for hope.

Where Is God When It Hurts

Where Is God When It Hurts Author Philip Yancey
ISBN-10 031021176X
Release 1996
Pages 560
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Two works exploring faith discuss the problems of suffering and disappointment

The Surprising Grace of Disappointment

The Surprising Grace of Disappointment Author John M Koessler
ISBN-10 9780802476258
Release 2013-04-16
Pages 160
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Disappointment is a feeling everyone knows well—failed relationships, buyer’s remorse, unmet expectations, and so on. In a broken world, disappointment surrounds us. But Christians know that Jesus will never disappoint us, right? Wrong. John Koessler explains how Jesus disappoints everyone. He never fails, but he does disappoint. We come to Jesus with false expectations, demanding or expecting things he doesn’t promise, and then when he doesn’t deliver, we are disappointed by Him. But Koessler explains how this can be the best thing for us even though it doesn’t feel good. He describes how this sort of disappointment takes our wrong expectations and sets them straight, bringing us closer to Jesus and into a deeper understanding of his very surprising grace. This book is a wonderful resource for people struggling with life’s hard times as well as for counselors or pastors seeking to help others.

Angry with God

Angry with God Author Michele Novotni
ISBN-10 1576832228
Release 2001
Pages 190
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We've all faced anger, sadness, frustration, confusion, disappointment, fear, or depression at some point in our lives. We know that we need to get to the root of the problem in order to fix it. But what do you do when you feel that God is the root of the problem? What do you do when you're angry with God? Psychologist Michele Novotni noticed that many of her clients who were working through their anger with people had a parallel need to work through their anger with God. Beneath the psychological issues, many of us also silently struggle with our faith. Yet, we are afraid to give voice to this anger. We're told that "good" people, "people of faith, " accept what happens without asking questions. Unvoiced thoughts are forced underground, leaving us feeling disconnected from God or even flat-out angry with God -- but unable to do much about it. It's time to break the silence. This book won't try to talk you out of your anger, but it will talk you through it while presenting an image of a compassionate God who continues to love you.

The Limits to Union

The Limits to Union Author Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller
ISBN-10 9780472030491
Release 2004
Pages 302
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Response to deep-seated anxieties over the fragmented nature of community, changing social hierarchies, and economic and national security in the face of globalization. He shows that the legal fate of the same-sex marriage is more than an issue of the social and political acceptance of lesbians and gays as it rapidly becomes a central site for re-imagining the contours of political sovereignty. This book will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in sociolegal studies, political science, sociology, and gay and lesbian studies.

God Is Disappointed in You

God Is Disappointed in You Author Mark Russell
ISBN-10 1603090983
Release 2013
Pages 223
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A humorous and concise take on the Old and New Testaments strips the Bible of its arcane language and condenses each book into its core elements.

When Heaven Seems Silent

When Heaven Seems Silent Author Mark Endres
ISBN-10 9781621366614
Release 2014
Pages 170
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Offers Christians advice on what to do when it seems like God is not answering their prayers, including how to really hear God's voice, how to overcome disappointment, and how to face strong emotions.

The Question That Never Goes Away

The Question That Never Goes Away Author Philip Yancey
ISBN-10 9780310339830
Release 2014-01-07
Pages 176
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Finding Meaning in the Midst of Suffering In his classic book Where Is God When It Hurts, Philip Yancey gave us permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people. And now, thirty years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of “Why, God” in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them. At some point all of us will face the challenges to faith Yancey writes about and look for the comfort and hope he describes. There are reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? And Yancey, once again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test.


Prayer Author Philip Yancey
ISBN-10 9780310328889
Release 2010-04-13
Pages 359
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Explores the concept of prayer, examining what a prayer is, how they work, and if they work.

Finding God in the Dark

Finding God in the Dark Author Ted Kluck
ISBN-10 9781441261151
Release 2013-03-15
Pages 144
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An Honest, Hopeful Look at Christian Doubt and Disappointment Doubt often has less to do with the head than the heart. When Christians go through trials--from unmet personal expectations to the death of a loved one--they often feel like God has abandoned them, or maybe he never cared at all. Kluck and Martin walk readers through dark times in their own lives to reveal a God of love who never forsakes his children. Here is grace and hope for any believer struggling to believe.

The Jesus I Never Knew

The Jesus I Never Knew Author Philip Yancey
ISBN-10 9780310295815
Release 2008-09-09
Pages 304
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“There is no writer in the evangelical world that I admire and appreciate more.”Billy GrahamPhilip Yancey helps reveal what two thousand years of history covered upWhat happens when a respected Christian journalist decides to put his preconceptions aside and take a long look at the Jesus described in the Gospels? How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the “new, rediscovered” Jesus—or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith.The Jesus I Never Knew uncovers a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying. “No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same,” says Yancey. “Jesus has rocked my own preconceptions and has made me ask hard questions about why those of us who bear his name don’t do a better job of following him.”

Reaching for the Invisible God

Reaching for the Invisible God Author Philip Yancey
ISBN-10 9780310565949
Release 2009-05-18
Pages 304
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How does a relationship with God really work? How do I relate to a God who is invisible, when I’m never quite sure he’s 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.

Coming Back to God

Coming Back to God Author Patrick M. Morley
ISBN-10 0310236185
Release 2001
Pages 163
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Avoiding clichs and theological jargon, a bestselling author uses powerful stories to plug into the strongly felt needs of today's men. By providing real-to-life situations, Morley illustrates the futility of life without God, and presents steps needed to build a life with God.

When God s Ways Make No Sense

When God s Ways Make No Sense Author Dr. Larry Crabb
ISBN-10 9781493412655
Release 2018-07-03
Pages 240
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It doesn't take too much living before we realize that life never goes quite the way we want it to. But when things get hard and we don't understand what God is doing, what is our first impulse? Is it to resist him and run away like Jonah? Or is it to trust him even while trembling in fear of suffering like Habbakuk? In this powerful exploration of God's often mysterious and counterintuitive ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges readers to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come our way when we experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, he invites us to look closer at what God is doing in our lives when it feels like he is far from us. Unpacking the stories of two very different prophets, Crabb lights the way to a life of resting in the goodness of a God who is always working out his plan for our lives.

Faith Forward Future

Faith Forward Future Author Chad Veach
ISBN-10 9780718038397
Release 2017-11-28
Pages 224
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Popular pastor Chad Veach casts a vision for a future beyond what most dare to imagine and guides us all toward the abundant plans God has for his children. Are you disappointed with your life? Do you feel like you’ll never accomplish anything remarkable? Fear not: you are in the perfect place for God to enter with his plan! In fact, your disappointments and failures are merely minor setbacks preceding a major comeback. In Faith Forward Future, Chad Veach presents the proof that God has always known you, has always cared, and is waiting to give you his better dream for your life. When you hear his words and release your broken dreams, you’ll receive all that God has in store and be enabled to reach your best possible tomorrow. With powerful Bible teaching and practical guidance, Veach invites you to stop limiting tomorrow’s possibilities by learning how to ask God for big things today dismiss the distractions of regret by being empowered to use your past for good, and redefine success by joining God in writing the remarkable story of your life!

A Good Way Through

A Good Way Through Author Kristen Kludt
ISBN-10 1537068067
Release 2017-02-14
Pages 236
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SOMETIMES LIFE DISAPPOINTS... WHAT THEN? Maybe you''re discontented. Despairing. Or maybe you got what you always dreamed of... but it isn''t what you hoped. In A Good Way Through, Kristen bares her disappointment and disillusion. She writes with deep honesty of her struggle, but also of the ways she was beloved, borne, and blessed by God-right in the middle of the journey. This is a story of faith and quiet healing, offering hope to the rest of us for finding the truth: When we open ourselves to God''s love, we will be transformed. Kristen writes as a traveler and guide; she offers both her story and gentle instruction in the practices God used in her healing. Do you long to be softened, rather than hardened, by difficulty? Are you ready to deepen your connection with God, yourself, and others? Are you looking for new practices to help open yourself to God''s transforming love? Take heart-there is a good way through. PRAISE FOR A GOOD WAY THROUGH: "A book to savor... take your time with this one, linger, reflect, return. Kristen spans the continuum, from those internal, angry voices to heart-stopping gratitude and joy. She lets us into places very few people do, and we are different because of it." Nancy Ortberg, author of Seeing in the Dark "A Good Way Through is for the wanderer, the seeker, the daughter or son who desires healing but doubts the first steps to take. Here is the guide. Kristen''s wisdom and vulnerability will leave you breathless and inspired-hungry to pursue God in new and beautiful and life-changing ways." Jennifer J. Camp, author of Breathing Eden "Kristen Kludt pulled it off. She has written a book that is at once wise, intimate, and brave, while also being beautifully crafted. There is an endless supply of books to read, but there are precious few books that feel like they are reading me. A Good Way Through is one of them. With each page I felt like I was being gently invited to follow Kludt''s lead, to become more present to the one precious life I''ve been given, and to journey into the unknown with courage and vulnerability and hope." John Pattison, co-author of Slow Church "Kristen''s courage is evidenced in her vulnerability about friendship, community life, and infertility, amongst others of life''s struggles. Like a true friend, Kristen shares not only spiritual practices that have been life-giving to her, but also her wounds in a way which allows her readers to find healing and hope." A.J. Swoboda, PhD, professor, pastor, author of The Dusty Ones "From my first read of the manuscript that became A Good Way Through, I knew I was encountering something special: a work whose sincere faith was not opposed to its honesty; whose beauty complemented its depth of truth. Privileged as I am to have worked with Kristen to develop her manuscript, I know this work better than most-and I am convinced that it rests in that special literary category of books that cannot merely be read, but must be wrestled, felt, and lived. God, it is said, rewards those who diligently seek him. In this book, Kristen has shared her reward with the world. How immensely generous. For that kindness, we should each be deeply grateful--and allow her wisdom to encourage our own journeys into hope." Paul J. Pastor, author of The Face of the Deep "A Good Way Through uses story to invite us to a new imagination of a partnership with God, encouraging us to participate in his healing in our lives. Kristen''s practices, offered throughout, invite whole-person investigation, drawing us into the kind of learning that finds itself at home in our lives. This deeply-lived, beautifully written book will prove a generous friend for the journey towards hope and healing." Mandy Smith, pastor, author of The Vulnerable Pastor