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Reaching for the Invisible God

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"How do I relate to a God who is invisible when I'm never quite sure he's there?" (Philip Yancey)

Life 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 playing games? What can you count on this God for? How can you know God? This relationship with a God you can’t see, hear, or touch - how does it really work?

Reaching for the Invisible God offers deep, satisfying insights to the questions you are sometimes afraid to ask. Honest and deeply personal, here is straight talk on Christian living for the listener who wants more than pat answers to life's imponderables. Ultimately, Yancey shifts the focus from your questions to the One who offers himself in answer.

"A brilliant book. It is both profound and simple, the best blend, in my view. Simple is neither shallow, nor simplistic. The sections on doubt and God's 'absence' are classics." (Rick Warren, pastor and author, The Purpose Driven Life)

©2000 Philip Yancey (P)2000 The Zondervan Corporation

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  • Carl Cravens
  • 18-08-2003

A Christian author has the doubts I do?

He's been where I've been. At every turn in the book, I see reflections of myself and my doubts about God. He gave me permission to doubt, and to express those doubts to other believers. Instead of undermining my belief, it's strengthened my faith! This book is a must-read for anyone struggling with doubt about the Christian faith. (Which is all of us.)

The book is well-read, and the narrator is always pleasant to listen to.

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  • entropent
  • 17-11-2003

This book offers great insights.

This is such a fundamentally honest book. The author's questions and discussion were very on point and relevent, and helped me to stretch my faith and examine my lack of faith fearlessly. This book is reassuring, warm, challenging. Great narrator as well, he is animated and comfortable. On the down side, I'm not sure the piano interludes with lady narrator add much. Overall a good selection, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Obadiah
  • 05-11-2003

This Book Goes Deep

If you like books from authors such as A.W. Tozer you will enjoy this book. I found it deep and immensely helpful in pursuing a deeper walk and understanding of our Savior. Another Yancey book to seriously explore is, "The God I Never Knew". Amazing.

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  • Tim
  • 24-11-2005

Profound, but not as ordered as expected . . .

I have been familiar with Yancey's writing throughout the years in Christian publications. I always thought his writing was honest and pertinent. Based on my past experiences, I purchased the audiobook.

I generally have two different "takes" on this book. First, there are some really profound things that are said in the book. Yancey's observations on both the strengths and weaknesses of Evangelicalism's view of God was quite insightful. As noted by other reviewers, his candid honesty about doubts and times of spiritual dryness are quite refreshing and, as others have stated, encouraging to those who sometimes feel they are the only ones who feel this way. I especially appreciated his skepticism of "pat answer" faith and the belief that the life of God's children is one of comfort and mindless happiness. He shows quite convicingly that this does not fit with the examples of biblical characters, nor of many of the great saints of history.

On the other side, I found the trains of thought in the book tended to ramble. This could partially be due to the audiobook format, but there didn't seem to me to be a clearly defined structure to the book - more like related observations on the topic, but without considerable feeling of progression. I realize that this will NOT be an issue for some folks, but if you are one who likes a logical progression of thought (think "Mere Christianity" or the like) this may be a bit of distraction for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-2020

Very enlightening

The book was quite revealing on how our approach and expectations are with God. Philip Yancey does a great job and brings in very helpful quotes to help us get through our human barriers relating to an invisible God.

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  • A. Fowler
  • 21-05-2019

Excellent Book!

I love how Yancey writes. He's authentic, talking about struggles that normal people have with a faith journey. This book talks through the challenges of a God you can't see, and how that works itself out. Highly recommend!

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  • Richard
  • 20-04-2005

A difficult listen

I chose this book because I enjoyed reading "Whats so amazing about Grace?". But I think in retrospect, this type of book is better in print than in audio. It simply isn't captivating enough for me.

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  • Robert
  • 15-12-2004

Finally a thoughtful Christian book

I loved this book. I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Yancey. He is upfront with his doubts but remains a commited believer in Christ because, as he states, "whom else should he follow". The shares tragic stories that have shaken his faith and goes on to explain why he continues to believe and why his faith in God has increased.

He explains his journey from simplistic blind faith to a deeper more robust and complex trust in the Lord.

It is refreshing hearing from someone with doubts and questions just like me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-2018

Love Yancey but not the presentation

What did you like best about Reaching for the Invisible God? What did you like least?

I'm much like the author and love his books. That's why I purchased it, the text did not dissapoint.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Charles?

I don't know, but it was boring. I really didn't like to have piano music come in along with a female voice quoting a brief scripture when I was really trying to concentrate on the authors point. I didn't like it enough after the 4th chapter I bought the book to read, no more listening.

Any additional comments?

Wish I could get my money back