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review What Good Is God? 107 Challenging uestions For each of his ten destinations this book shares Philip's inspiri. 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 Africa 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 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 worldview 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 appealing 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 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 faith journey 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 thoughtRead & Download What Good Is God?
review What Good Is God? 107 Speaker journalist and bestselling author Philip Yancey has travelled the world tackling. 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 Yancey 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 judgmental 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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review What Good Is God? 107 Ng words of encouragement and reveals the compelling story behind the speaking engagemen. 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 place 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