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What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

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    a perspective on just how great is our God and truly answers the question of what good God can do in our lives...

    Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite

    This was my first audio book in 15 years. I had tried a fiction audio book years ago but couldn't drive and keep up with the plot at the same time. Thankfully, this book was a subject that I could listen to like a conversation and I did indeed listen to it while I was driving, this time without any difficulty.

    At first I was a little disappointed with Philip Yancey's narration of the book because it was often droning and monotonous, but I tried to concentrate instead on the message that was being delivered and pretend that I was reading the words he was saying.

    While I thought that Yancey may have inserted himself too much into the stories, talking about his automobile accident and such, I did very much enjoy his interviews with the lay ministers in China and with the professional sex workers in Wisconsin. These interviews and Yancy's journalistic approach were the best aspects of this audio book for me. They were real. They were gritty. They clearly reflected the hope that these people found in Christ and how they've in turn helped other people find a relationship with Christ. How inspiring! I wanted to cry when I heard how the girl who was shot in the Columbine High School shooting reached out to the people in the Virginia Tech shooting.

    This is a good audio book to listen to in order to gain a perspective on just how great is our God and truly answers the question of what good God can do in our lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Insight for tough times

    In this book, Philip Yancey presents his ideas about spirituality in an extremely realistic and practical way. He examines the concept of God's goodness and the value of faith in the troubled times we live in and does not mince words or give pithy pat answers. He honestly looks at some disturbing issues with a view to discovering if God is actually good in that specific situation. He is comfortable enough with ambiguity to avoid generalizing and giving advice not based on truth. As a committed Christian, there are doubts and concerns that are ever-present in my mind that a simple, "Christian" answer doesn't quite satisfy, and this book does address some of them. I love that Yancey challenges the way Christians think about the world without discounting the value of faith.


    The format of the book follows some tough places that Yancey has been asked to give a talk. As he goes along, Yancey paints a picture of the place or event the difficulties it might present for someone looking for evidences of the goodness of God. He then includes the actual speech given at each place. It's powerful to think about Yancey having to address the various groups of people in each location - for example addressing students at Virginia Tech shortly after the shooting, a group of sex workers in various stages of getting out of the business, recovering alcoholics, and groups offering aid to the destitute in Africa (to name a few issues).


    This book is a must-read for Christians looking for insight, spiritual seekers, or even individuals who are curious about the the tenets of the Christian faith. Yancey's style makes everything very understandable without being condescending or trite.


    Thanks to the publisher for providing this book for a fair review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    A Matter of Faith

    Does Faith really matter when you are struggling with an addiction, when you get laid off from your job, when your home is in foreclosure? In his latest book What Good is God? Philip Yancey asks just that question, ultimately proving that to most of us it really matters! Giving excellent examples of how Faith works in our lives, he describes ten memorable events whose aftermath he personally attended throughout the world. As the book unfolds, he gives us the story behind the story with events taking place from the US with the heartbreaking tragedy of Virginia Tech to the underground Church of China. With each story Philip Yancey gives us a glimpse of true Faith as he interviews Students, Pastors, Alcoholics as well as Prostitutes from all over the world thus recording amazing details of love and compassion amongst survivors and participants of world shattering events! This is truly an interesting book, emotional at times as well as factual and I give it 4 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hachette Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    recommended

    A good Philip Yancey read...in typical Yancey style. He makes it seem so easy.

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