Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

"How do I relate to a God who is invisible when I’m never quite sure he’s there?" —Philip YanceyLife with God doesn’t always work out like you think it should. High expectations slam against the reality of personal weaknesses and unwelcome surprises. And the God who, you’ve been told, wants a personal relationship with you may seem remote, emotionally unavailable.Is God pl...

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Title:Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?
Author:Philip Yancey
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Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find? Reviews

  • Chris

    I really loved this book. It discusses the difficulty we have in trying to understand and build a close relationship with the God we cannot see. The times when He feels elusive to us. The times when we need to just gut it out on our faith alone because we can't hear his voice or see his face. It normalized the struggle I feel to consistently feel God's influence in my life. I think it is excellently written.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    If you sometimes feel like holding onto your faith seems impossible at times because the world just doesn't seem to show God's presence. If you feel that you are losing your hold on what you believe, this is a great book to read. It reaffirms your faith, not by chastisting you for your unbelief, but by showing you that you are not alone in your doubts. That other, even notable Christians, have struggled in the same way. I enjoyed the scholarly, yet emotional tone, and I feel it was well-written.

    If you sometimes feel like holding onto your faith seems impossible at times because the world just doesn't seem to show God's presence. If you feel that you are losing your hold on what you believe, this is a great book to read. It reaffirms your faith, not by chastisting you for your unbelief, but by showing you that you are not alone in your doubts. That other, even notable Christians, have struggled in the same way. I enjoyed the scholarly, yet emotional tone, and I feel it was well-written. The author took a problem-based approach, and by the end of the book, you realize that your issues with doubt are not the huge boulder on your back that you thought. Instead, you will realize that it is just an integral part of your walk as a Christian in this world. Highly recommended for the searching, new Christian, longtime Christian, and the struggling Christian.

  • Dave

    The thing I really like about Yancey is that it seems like he asks the same questions I do in my own mind.

  • Brent Soderstrum

    Yancey does a good job tying up the points he brings out in the book at the end. He writes about how we all have our struggles in dealing with an invisible God based on the bad things that happen in this world to believers. He brings out the important point that God takes those bad things that happen to us and ironically uses them to bring about good things. I have experienced exactly that in my life. He also discusses how we grow spiritually from a child, to an adult and finally to a parent. If

    Yancey does a good job tying up the points he brings out in the book at the end. He writes about how we all have our struggles in dealing with an invisible God based on the bad things that happen in this world to believers. He brings out the important point that God takes those bad things that happen to us and ironically uses them to bring about good things. I have experienced exactly that in my life. He also discusses how we grow spiritually from a child, to an adult and finally to a parent. If you are a parent, think of how you love your children and will sacrifice for them. Eventually we as Christians get to the point where we are willing to sacrifice for others by serving them. We become God's hands and feet.

    Yancey always gives down to earth examples and asks the questions I find myself asking. Good read.

  • amber

    I’ve wanted to read Philip Yancey for a long time and picked up this book because a friend of mine was reading it and I love reading books alongside others. I wondered if I would find the book worth the time it would take to read (it’s lengthy for the Christian Living category) since I didn’t feel I identified with, at this point in my life, the questions put forth on the covers.

    I must have been wrong in that assessment, however, as I found the book ministering to me on almost every page. I fel

    I’ve wanted to read Philip Yancey for a long time and picked up this book because a friend of mine was reading it and I love reading books alongside others. I wondered if I would find the book worth the time it would take to read (it’s lengthy for the Christian Living category) since I didn’t feel I identified with, at this point in my life, the questions put forth on the covers.

    I must have been wrong in that assessment, however, as I found the book ministering to me on almost every page. I felt I’d found a kindred spirit in so many of my reflections, which itself was nourishing. Many of the authors he incorporates into his writing are some of my favorites.

    Overall, the book is wrestling with questions relating to having a relationship with the One who is completely other. So if you are not God and are seeking a relationship with Him, this book might interest you. However, I must mention that I believe Yancey sees himself first as a pilgrim rather than a pastor or a theologian (which is not to say that he is not pastoral or has unorthodox theology). People of this ilk (C.S. Lewis was one) tend to minister deeply to some people and frustrate others. If you find such authors frustrating, this book may not be for you.

  • Nermine Hosni

    احياناً أتعامل مع الله كمادة مخدرة احتاج اليه لتهدئة قسوة موقف معين او للتخلص منه

    درجة اخري من درجات الاحساس بحضور الله هي الاحساس بأنك لست وحدك

    ان الايمان يظهر حيث تقل وتضعف التوقعات

    ان تجرب الله يعني ان تحاول الحصول علي تأكيدات اكثر مما اعطاها الله

    هناك لحظة في كل يوم لا يستطيع الشيطان ان يجدها

    يُختبر الايمان عندما يفتر احساسنا بوجود الله

    الهاً لطيفاً يحب من يحتقرهم العالم ويتفهم ضعفاتنا وتجاربنا ومعانتنا

    هل ظلام وجفاف صلاتي علامة لغياب الله ام انها علامة لحضور عميق ومتسع لا استطيع ادراكه وهل م

    احياناً أتعامل مع الله كمادة مخدرة احتاج اليه لتهدئة قسوة موقف معين او للتخلص منه

    درجة اخري من درجات الاحساس بحضور الله هي الاحساس بأنك لست وحدك

    ان الايمان يظهر حيث تقل وتضعف التوقعات

    ان تجرب الله يعني ان تحاول الحصول علي تأكيدات اكثر مما اعطاها الله

    هناك لحظة في كل يوم لا يستطيع الشيطان ان يجدها

    يُختبر الايمان عندما يفتر احساسنا بوجود الله

    الهاً لطيفاً يحب من يحتقرهم العالم ويتفهم ضعفاتنا وتجاربنا ومعانتنا

    هل ظلام وجفاف صلاتي علامة لغياب الله ام انها علامة لحضور عميق ومتسع لا استطيع ادراكه وهل موت صلاتي هو نهاية علاقتي مع الله ام انه بداية لعلاقة جديدة اكبر من كلمات مثل العواطف والاحاسيس الجسدية ؟

    عندما كان الناس يشكرونني لانني اساعدهم في الاقتراب الي الله كنت اشعر ان الله تخلي عني كما لو ان البيت الذي وجدته اخيراً بلا ارضية

    فاعلاقة الصحيحة تحتفظ بالعاطفة والحب والمشاعر في الحزن والالم سواء كان في الانتصار او الفشل فالغياب كالحضور يثير المشاعر

    مهما تفعل لا تتجاهل الله إدع الله الي كل جانب في حياتك

    كلما ازدادت معرفتنا بمدي بؤسنا كلما ازداد عمق ثقتنا في صلاح ورحمة الله

  • 7jane

    I've never quite had a problem in believing in God (though I haven't had it tested by illnesses, situations or flawed people - yet). But anyway, this book still benefited me in its own way.

    It didn't come to answers too quickly which is good for reaching the point of solidifying better one's connection (and belief) with God. I think it also explained the 'dry periods' and how to respond to trying times well enough that one might be better equipped to dealing with them - always good to know befor

    I've never quite had a problem in believing in God (though I haven't had it tested by illnesses, situations or flawed people - yet). But anyway, this book still benefited me in its own way.

    It didn't come to answers too quickly which is good for reaching the point of solidifying better one's connection (and belief) with God. I think it also explained the 'dry periods' and how to respond to trying times well enough that one might be better equipped to dealing with them - always good to know beforehand since it keeps one's faith from trembling too much in those moments. It also explained well how to react when the answer to prayer isn't a solution to the problem one wants to be released from (but asking for strength to accept/bear it might fare better).

    It might benefit a bit more those who aren't currently in crisis and who are open to be convinced enough. Other books of his deal with crisis people might have, this one's more about connection and it isn't like people have with each other and other things. But in any case, this was a good book to read, for me and perhaps for you :)

  • Leila

    Useful and interesting for both believers and unbelievers. Not a book to just read straight through.

  • Becki

    Synopsis from B&N: 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?\nOkay, first I have a very embarrassing confession to make: I have owned this book for over a decade (bought summer o

    Synopsis from B&N: 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?\nOkay, first I have a very embarrassing confession to make: I have owned this book for over a decade (bought summer of 2001) and have never read it. This is part of my reason for my personal �read through the bookshelves� challenge. And in good news linked to that goal, I only have ONE (yes, that�s right, 1) booked checked out from the library currently. AND IT GETS BETTER�that book is my book club book for March. So after a year or so of playing around with me goal, I�m actually forcing myself to read the things on my shelves.\nThe results�\nGreat finds like this book by Philip Yancey. It was such an encouraging read. I�m going through a season of life when God, quite frankly, seems not here. And it�s been frustrating and I wonder what I�ve done to push Him away. In this book, I found hope and answers. We all go through seasons where we don�t �feel� God, but He�s still right there. And I just need to keep doing what I know to do in life and keep seeking Him. Keep the focus. \nA relationship with an invisible God is in many ways more challenging than with the visible people in my life. But He�s much more gracious regarding my foibles and failed attempts to connect. \nI recommend this for any believer�or for anyone searching for if there even is a God.\n

  • Kerolos Maged

    بالنسبة لي الكتاب هو رحلة في دماغ المؤلف في المساحة اللي هو بيسمح بيها

    حوالين الموضوع اللي هو عايزه

    و الحقيقة في رحلتي المرة دي

    شفت عشوائية مملة جدا بالنسبة لي

    كانت حاجة غريبة ان في افكار مثيرة للتامل و حلوة جمبيها على طول الوقت افكار سطحية جدا

    في تناقضات مفهمتهاش

    اظن فيليب يانسي كخادم .. اخطأ انه دخلنا في المتاهة دي من العشوائية والاراء المتضاربة و الاختبارات المؤلمة و الشك في كتاب هدفه شرح وتوضيح للمؤمن المتشكك

    او يمكن انا اللي اخطأت اني كملت الكتاب بعد اول ١٠٠ صفحة معجبونيش

    من الحاجات اللي قفلت

    بالنسبة لي الكتاب هو رحلة في دماغ المؤلف في المساحة اللي هو بيسمح بيها

    حوالين الموضوع اللي هو عايزه

    و الحقيقة في رحلتي المرة دي

    شفت عشوائية مملة جدا بالنسبة لي

    كانت حاجة غريبة ان في افكار مثيرة للتامل و حلوة جمبيها على طول الوقت افكار سطحية جدا

    في تناقضات مفهمتهاش

    اظن فيليب يانسي كخادم .. اخطأ انه دخلنا في المتاهة دي من العشوائية والاراء المتضاربة و الاختبارات المؤلمة و الشك في كتاب هدفه شرح وتوضيح للمؤمن المتشكك

    او يمكن انا اللي اخطأت اني كملت الكتاب بعد اول ١٠٠ صفحة معجبونيش

    من الحاجات اللي قفلتني بشكل كبير تلميحات سخيفة بتقلل من النسك و الرهبنة و يمكن النظم الليتروجيا بشكل عام !!

    لكن عشان اكون منصف لكتاب قريته في وقت امتحانات ويمكن ده اثر على نفسيتي

    في ايجابيات بردو

    الكتاب فيه عدد من الفصول او المقالات الرائعة اللي لمستني بشكل شخصي بغض النظر عن الكتاب في المجمل

    وهم:

    ١)معرفة الله او اي شخص اخر الفصل(٨) ص١١٠

    ٢)في اسم الاب ..الفصل (١٠)

    ٣) الوسيط ..الفصل (١٢ ) من صفحة ١٧٠ كده

    ٤). الطفل.. الفصل (١٧)

    ٥) الوالد (١٩ )

    6) اخر تلت فصول جيدين جدا عن التعامل مع مشكلة الشر

    في المجمل استفادتي من الكتاب كانت في مواضيع غير موضوعه الاساسي و لذلك منصحش بيه اوي يعني

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