(What Good Is God?) [PDF DOWNLOAD] Ï Philip Yancey

Bserved with a practiced eye while Yancey the believer probed his soul for answers His sojourns through the dark places of our planet and its broken people are metaphors for his own spiritual ourney Yancey s answer to What Good is God echoes that for his own spiritual Alan Partridge Every Ruddy Word journey Yancey s answer to What Good is God echoes that a pastor preaching from a passage in Romans following the Virginia Tech campus massacre Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good The design of the book was refreshing Effective illustrations precede each chapter The poignant cover shows a small lantern perched high above an unnamed modern city Faith in God makes a difference notust in a small 18th century church but in the indescribable suffering of today s world Compassion may have been the only gift Phillip Yancey felt he could give to the broken and injured he met on his travels The message of What Good is God however is clear Good exists in this flawed planet because God is here By encouraging believers to allow the light of Christ to illuminate the darkest places of our experiences we are reassured that our vigilant God is present no matter what tragedy we stumble upon Reviewed by Holly Weiss author of Crestmont My husband read this book for a reading group at church When he brought it home I asked him So What good is God He wasn t able to give me an answer Now that I have read the book myself I know why not Yancey doesn t actually answer that uestion A accurate title might have been Travels With Yancey Each chapter describes a different place he has visited and includes a talk that he gave there He has been literally around the world often meeting with people in extreme circumstances people in pain following acts of violence and terrorism people facing persecution sex workers trying to escape from prostitution addicts struggling To Recover In Many Cases recover In many cases doesn t have to answer the uestion What good is God because he meets people who have already answered the uestion for themselves with stories of their encounters with a God who has saved them from a downward spiral It may not be God s goodness that is in uestion so much as our faith Yancey is always ready to correct the imbalances of Christianity Christians are too udgmental too legalistic American Christians are too distracted by consumerism and celebrity culture Christians need to be reaching out to the marginalized as Jesus did Christians need to be caring for the poor as Jesus did Christians need to return to the primary message of love and acceptance If we can do that we can make a difference in the world even when few in number If we can do that we can show others the goodness of God like the lamp on the cover shining over a dark city. 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I really like Phillip Yancey s books He doesn t beat around the bush bad stuff happens whether you are a Christian or not The difference for Christians is that we have a companion on the ourney and we can experience hope and grace despite out circumstances Got an advance copy of this from the bookstore where I work Philip Yancey is one of my favorite Christian writers and he had an interesting and effective format for this book It was divided into 10 sections each one about a It was divided into 10 sections each one about a he had traveled where he had been struck by the faith of the people he met and the difference God had made in their lives From Mumbai shortly after the terrorist attacks in 2008 to Virginia Tech after a student went on a murderous rampage to a convention of women who had found their way out of prostitution Yancey writes about the people he meets with anecdotes of incredible faith and struggles to not only survive the world but to make it a better place Each section is divided in two Yancey setting the stage for the speaking engagement in each place and then the actual speech he gave I was moved by this book and may need to read it again for the inspiration it gave I recommend it to Christians and non Christians alike as a book that presents stunning examples of Christianity as it should be I m not sure what I was expecting from this book but I don t think it was what I found at least in terms of its structure What Good Is God In Search of a Faith That Matters is a collection of talks that Philip Yancey has given in various places around the world each prefaced with a chapter reflecting on the circumstances under which they were given In some instances Yancey addressed communities in the wake of traumatic events in others he spoke to groups who were marginalized and persecuted He spoke in Memphis Tennessee a place I know pretty well and one where nearly every issue is uite literally black or white on the day after the 2008 presidential election discussing the healing influence that the Church Health Center has had on this city with a notorious civil rights history He talked in South with a notorious civil rights history He talked in South about how the country s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has approached its mission He brought survivors of the Columbine shootings with him to a talk at Virginia Tech Guide to the Holy Land just after it suffered its own similar tragedy knowing that they d be able to reach each other as few could He spoke at a Cambridge University conference about CS Lewis and that chapter may have been the one I least expected it actually made me want to read CS Lewis writings on ChristianityYancey was brought up in a narrow minded fundamentalist church but has arrived at a expansive wo. Speakerournalist and bestselling author Philip Yancey has travelled the world tackling. What Good Is God?Rldview and God view which is what he communicates to his listeners He comes across as evangelical in some ways but with a rather non sectarian approach and the time I SPENT WITH THE BOOK THE spent with the book the I found that He takes a pretty strong stand against what he calls legalism or the excessive focus on rules about the proper way to believe and express one s faith that often seems to lead to my Christianity is better than your Christianity competitiveness not especially Christian behavior in my opinion In contrast he seeks to convey what Christianity is by going back to its roots the teachings of Jesus and writings of his early followersDespite some redundancies that I think are at least partly the fault of the book s structure I think that Yancey does a pretty effective La sociedad literaria y del pastel de piel de patata Guernsey (Narrativa) (Spanish Edition) job of getting his Christian worldview across to his readers and listeners I rarely felt that I was being preached at and I was surprised to find that I shared some of the viewpoints he expressed I m not sure that what s presented in this book truly matches the premise of its title however In Search of a Faith That Matters implies to me a personal faithourney in some form and that s really not what s chronicled here On top of that the central uestion What Good is God really doesn t seem to be answered I m not uncomfortable with that personally as I ve said before the uestions are what interest me but I do think that some readers might feel a bit misled Having said that I m not sorry I read this one and it s left me with some real food for thought Sojourns of Journalist a Metaphor for Spiritual Journey of Believer it s left me with some real food for thought Sojourns of Journalist a Metaphor for Spiritual Journey of Believer Yancey is one of the most influential writers in the Evangelical world today I write books for myself he says on his blog searching for a loving gracious God Yancey writes about God s grace instead of the God he feared because of the hell and brimstone preaching he received from what he calls a toxic church Yancey brings us a new format in his book What Good is God He takes us on a global trek to ten distinct groups of people to determine if the faith he writes about holds up through the tough issues he encounters in the refiner s fire of oppression violence and plague We see underground Christians in China the horrific lives of those thrown into prostitution recovering alcoholics in Chicago and life on campus in a 1960s Bible College The idea for the book came to him while on an airplane After his book tour in India was bumped because of the terror in Mumbai in 2008 Yancey instead spoke to a small group in an Indian church His theme How do we find comfort in the midst of disaster and suffering During his uest Yancey the The Shepherds Bush Murders journalist Challenging uestions For each of his ten destinations this book shares Philip's inspiri.