The Jesus I Never Knew/Disappointment with God

The Jesus I Never Knew/Disappointment with God

by Philip Yancey


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Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In The Jesus I Never Knew, he sets his preconceptions aside and takes a long look at the Jesus described in the Gospels.

How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the "new, rediscovered" Jesus---or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Yancey uncovers a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith.

Disappointment with God poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is God hidden?

This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if god is so hungry for a relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if God cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from God after all?

Yancey answers these questions with clarity, honesty, and biblical assurance, helping us see beyond the cynicism that life's disappointments can breed and pointing us to a stronger, wiser faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310609599
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/28/2009
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part 1 Who he was

1 The Jesus I Thought I Knew 13

2 Birth: The Visited Planet 29

3 Background: Jewish Roots and Soil 49

4 Temptation: Showdown in the Desert 69

5 Profile: What Would I Have Noticed? 85

Part 2 Why he Came

6 Beatitudes: Lucky Are the Unlucky 105

7 Message: A Sermon of Offense 129

8 Mission: A Revolution of Grace 147

9 Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural 165

10 Death: The Final Week 187

11 Resurrection: A Morning Beyond Belief 209

Part 3 What he left Behind

12 Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky 225

13 Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds 239

14 The Difference He Makes 257

Sources 279

Preface 295

Book I God within the Shadows

Part 1 Hearing the Silence

1 A Fatal Error 305

2 Up in Smoke 313

3 The Questions No One Asks Aloud 323

4 What If 331

5 The Source 339

Part 2 Making Contact: The Father

6 Risky Business 345

7 The Parent 351

8 Unfiltered Sunlight 357

9 One Shining Moment 365

10 Fire and the Word 371

11 Wounded Lover 377

12 Too Good to Be True 385

Part 3 Drawing Closer: The Son

13 The Descent 391

14 Great Expectations 397

15 Divine Shyness 405

16 The Postponed Miracle 413

17 Progress 419

Part 4 Turning it over: The Spirit

18 The Transfer 429

19 Changes in the Wind 435

20 The Culmination 443

Book II Seeing in the Dark

21 Interrupted 455

22 The Only Problem 463

23 A Role in the Cosmos 471

24 Is God Unfair? 481

25 Why God Doesn't Explain 495

26 Is God Silent? 511

27 Why God Doesn't Intervene 525

28 Is God Hidden? 543

29 Why Job Died Happy 553

30 Two Wagers, Two Parables 563

Thanks 573

Bibliography 575

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