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

Reaching for the Invisible God What Can We Expect to Find Bookseller ReviewsOnce again Philip Yancey s exploration of a religious problem is responsive to both its personal urgency and theological implications Here the question posed seems simple What can w

  • Title: Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?
  • Author: Philip Yancey
  • ISBN: 9780310261728
  • Page: 379
  • Format: MP3 Book
  • Bookseller ReviewsOnce again, Philip Yancey s exploration of a religious problem is responsive to both its personal urgency and theological implications Here the question posed seems simple What can we as believers expect from God

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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.

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

    4. احياناً أتعامل مع الله كمادة مخدرة احتاج اليه لتهدئة قسوة موقف معين او للتخلص منهدرجة 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 يست [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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. [...]

    7. 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 ي [...]

    8. 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. [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. I knew that God can't be reached the way I reach things or someone. But I don't really know how to "connect" to Him better. I always got fail to love and believe Him merely by reading Bible and Prayers. But, after I read this book, I learned that God can only be reached within my soul, my heart and my faith. He is living inside me, He is not so far enough. He is with me. He want me to glorify His name by anything I did, I said and I thought.Reach the invisible God is the high recommended book fo [...]

    11. Yancey is a pilgrim on the journey of faith who is kind enough to share his journey with the rest of us. I always find myself being blessed, encouraged, and challenged when reading his works. This book was about relating to a God who we cannot see. It was amazing!

    12. I always learn so much from Yancey. He incorporates life experiences and the knowledge of other authors into his lessons.I did not know the story behind the west window of the Winchester Cathedral in England. The stained glass windows were destroyed during the time of Oliver Cromwell. The faithful gathered the shards of broken glass. When it was safe, the window was reconstructed. It wasn't put back into the same biblical scenes that it had once portrayed. That was impossible. But out of the des [...]

    13. What I like about Yancey I find true in all of his works he does not hesitate to grapple with difficult issues, and be provocatively honest about the issues he takes up. This book is long and sometimes hard to follow. That said, I "read" this book as an audiobook, so I only got 20-25 minute doses at a time, and this may have played a part in making it hard to follow. Yancey basically deals with the issue of humans relating to God (the Christian God). What expectations should we have for such a r [...]

    14. Philip Yancey is one of my favourite modern Christian authors; he writes honestly, without being over-religious or assuming that everyone is the same. He addresses the kinds of questions that Christians (and others) have about God. How is it that we can 'have a relationship' with Someone who is invisible and intangible? What does it mean to relate anyway? Can we really know God?Peppered with anecdotes, this book is refreshing and insightful. It's not something to read all in one sitting: there's [...]

    15. I don't know why I keep reading books like this. I guess I'm hoping to find something new and compelling from the Christian perspective. This book offers nothing new, and it definitely doesn't offer anything compelling. This book is boring, annoyingly repetitive, and a complete waste of time. In the beginning of the book, Yancey says, "To my shame, I admit that one of the strongest reasons I stay in the fold [Christianity] is the lack of good alternatives." He then goes on to stress throughout t [...]

    16. Seldom have I read a book that I can relate to in such an extent as with this book by Philip Yancey. The vivid description of his struggles with doubt, scepticism and unbelief deeply connects with the same processes in my own life. It is comforting to read a book that comes close to my own experiences, but is written by someone who has survived, has grown further and, at the same time, is an example of how to live your life as a christian with those nagging feelings never completely gone.The boo [...]

    17. Philip Yancey never fails to satisfy his readers. He doesn't take a simplistic or formulaic approach or write just to get another book out there (as it seems so many are inclined to do). Rather, his books are thoughtful and provocative - and not necessarily filling in the blanks for the reader. This book begins with doubt and unbelief and moves to faith using many examples and quoting many writers (I always enjoy his quotes since they lead me to other writers I haven't read). I think this may be [...]

    18. This was a longer read where I had to spend time reflecting to get through it. Yancey asks interesting questions like: "What can we expect of God?" since we are in relationship with him. He explains how things have to be different with God than with people. What are the stages of faith and what do they look like?And many other reflections. Ultimately, it is a good book for those of us that continually worry about where we are in our faith and have to honestly ask some of the harder questions whe [...]

    19. This may be one of the most significant books of my life. It is beyond amazing! Great examples and analogies from Yancey's life, spiritual leaders, everyday folks, and the Bible. Beautiful quotes, well- reaserched. It has helped fine-tune my perception of God. It has helped clear up some of my doubts and questions with His grace and compassion. - And it has helped helped me to embrace and rest in other questions that may never be answered. Here we go! I am starting from the beginning and going f [...]

    20. كتاب اتحط ضمن افضل الكتب اللي قريتها في حياتي وكاتب اتحط ضمن افضل الكتاب المسيحين , ببساطة الكتاب بيتكلم عن الله في المسيحية من رؤية واقعيه مختلفة كتير عن الصورة السطحية المشوهه الموجوده حاليا في عقول ناس كتير , وبيتعامل مع الضعف الانساني من نفس المنظور وبأمثلة كتير عمليه ال [...]

    21. How can the author (and the devoted readers) fail to see the utter, glaring fallacy of saying "I'm a worm. Everything good in me comes from God, everything bad in me comes from myself." AND "I want to be more myself."?God shining through you does not make you more yourself. God is God. You are you. Individual self-worth does not come from God, it comes from being a unique human individual.

    22. Some moments of this book I really liked and some I really loved. It was a really good one for me and reminded me of several other favorites I've read. Many of his big points rang true, and I also really liked his writing style and the flow of the book. It came highly recommended on all accounts, and I would recommend it highly as well.

    23. I really can't remember what I got out of this. Not that I had to get anything out of it. But I think this book reinforced a lot of things I already knew and changed my thinking a bit. I may have to go back and read it again

    24. I really enjoyed this book in the sense of it gave me a lot to think about. I have to say that reading a chapter a week was not condusive to actually getting "into" the pulp of the matter, and I found it interrupted the flow. I will definitely read this book again, in a front-to-back manner.

    25. What haven't I learned from Philip Yancey? He asserts the struggle of relating to an invisible God, yet doesn't deny God as good or sovereign or holy, etc. He relates stories that push me to examine myself and to seek Jesus.

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