Where Is God When It Hurts?

Philip Yancey

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Where Is God When It Hurts?

  • Title: Where Is God When It Hurts?
  • Author: Philip Yancey
  • ISBN: 9780310245728
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback

If there is a loving God, then why is it that You ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain Does God order our suffering Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community Or did he simply wind up the world s mainspring and now is watching from aIf there is a loving God, then why is it that You ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain Does God order our suffering Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community Or did he simply wind up the world s mainspring and now is watching from a distance In this Gold Medallion Award winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain physical, emotional, and spiritual and helps us understand why we suffer Where Is God When It Hurts will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn t make sense And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn t know what to say.

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When I picked up this book, I was at the lowest point in my life I could possibly be. I was struggling to deal with the loss of my mother and father, dealing with the loss of my innocence that was so violently ripped away from me, I was a single mother who had just gone through a string of bad relationships and I had lost my faith in God. I wondered why God had abandon me, why He took my parents from me and why I had experienced so many horrible things in my life. I thought I was being punished [...]

I wouldn't call myself Christian, but some Christian philosophy books are okay (I accept all sorts of philosophies about the higher power). In other words, even though it's geared for Christians, this book will not pitch to you - it's a book that you can read and still believe in evolution.Where Is God When It Hurts is primarily directed at people who suffer, but it's also for people who are close to those who suffer (we're mostly talking physical illness here). It challenges some common (and re [...]

This book is a gem! Yancey does a great job of using real life examples to show the true purpose and benefit of physical pain and emotional suffering. I think this book could be helpful for anyone going through physical, spiritual or emotional pain or for those that want to support someone in pain. Well researched, well written and well done!

I believe this book should be an absolute must-read for anyone who professes the Christian faith. A sentence like that usually rings hollow to me, but honestly, there is nothing hollow about this book. I wish I could physically take the words from the pages and permanently implant them in my brain because there is so much truth to them.The main point of the book is about suffering and pain and it attempts to address some of the common questions about the subject - why is there suffering, how do [...]

Yancey makes some good points: we can't function very well in the world, as creatures, without pain, which warns us of injury or illness when it's physical, and helps bring us together in a caring community when it's emotional. We can't fully understand God's plans for us, and how pain, suffering, and distress are part of soul-making. Sometimes our ideas of healing and what should happen aren't what God has in mind for us. God suffers for us now, suffered for us in the person of Jesus, and walks [...]

Ugh. Watching an intelligent man take a disturbing, unappreciated trait (what is pain, how does it work), discuss the benefits it holds (it's a warning system, look at all the ills when it breaks down)en tie himself in knots trying to fit it into a narrative where the explanations already demonstrated have done their job and try to ascribe an author to it (but what does God MEAN by pain?)Profoundly sad, particularly as when he weans himself off the dogma, Yancey actually give some decent insight [...]

كتب دوني التأمل رقم ١٧ في كتابه عن معني اجراس الكنائس وهي من اجمل الفقرات التي كتبت في الادب الانجليزي ( لا ترسل احداً لكي تعرف لمن تدق الاجراس انها تدق من اجلك انت ) لقد ادرك انه بالرغم من ان الاجراس تدق لموت شخص اخر الا انها تذكرك بما تحاول ان تنساه او تتناساه هو اننا جميعاًسن [...]

Book Review: Where is God When It HurtsI've been trying to work through an extremely tall stack of books lately In the past six months, I think I've completed one full book. And it was a novel. I've been in a season in my life where there has been little to no routine and I've not been able to focus on completing one book all the way through unless the book has been incredibly compelling. I've started at least twenty books in the past six months. That is probably a low estimate. I've tried theol [...]

Yancey never gives easy answers to tough questions. He never glosses over what you are feeling. This book was a powerful book about the age old question "How can a loving God allow this?"Yancey gives both practical and biblical answers and advice a style which has bad him on of my parents favorite authors. If you are looking for an honest look at this hard question, pick up this book.

Do you like classical music? I do. A couple of years ago, I was blessed enough to be able to attend Jose Carreras’ final concert -- my friend who was related to the concert gave me a ticket. It was a cold and rainy night. Limousines and dressed up people showed up quietly, like attending a serious ceremony. In the concert hall, it felt like right before a worship service at a Presbyterian Church because everyone was very quiet and solemnly expecting the Master’s appearance. When I opened the [...]

This book was written more than 40 years ago and is still in print. It's nearly impossible for a book to do that, and is an indication of its importance.I saw somewhere that this is the revised edition. My copy is the original edition, though I expect the core of the book to be much the same as this edition.The book, while not long, has three sections: 1) Why is there such a thing as pain? 2) How people respond to pain, and 3) How can we cope with pain?The first section is the most surprising an [...]

I read this book a while ago, but the one thing that I remember from it is that pain serves as a warning sign to us human beings that something is wrong with this world- of course we all know that. But what exactly is wrong with humanity? That takes us to the core principles of Christianity- God sending His only, beloved Son Jesus to earth to redeem us from our sins, to right all wrongs (including ours) so we can have hope in eternity with Him. Just like when you have a bruise somewhere on your [...]

If you are in pain and trial, and looking for answer to "why? I do not deserve all of that, " this book can give you answers. Unfortunately, not to your specific question. The answer for that, according to the author, is that God never answered Job when he asked same question, but only lectured him about His wisdom (page 100 and next few pages). However, you will find answers about the benefits of pain (signals of malfunction, personal growth, etc) The author is very verbose. The book could be s [...]

Sorry, I appear to have moved back onto theology books but this is a fantastic book of theology. It has won the Gold Medallion award and has been a best-seller for over fifty years, and this edition is the revised edition by the author so he could explore issues that had arisen during this time. Philip Yancey uses this book as an opportunity to discuss pain - physical, emotional and spiritual - in such a way as to help both the reader and himself to understand why we suffer from pain and how we [...]

A theological exploration of pain14 January 2014 Disappointment with God seemed to have covered a lot of ground that this book ended up covering and I noted that at the beginning of the other book Yancey had made a comment that he had decided to write Disappointment with God to tackle the issue of, for want of a better word, bad luck in general beyond the issue of physical pain. However as I was reading this book I began to realise that you cannot actually separate the two, and whether it be phy [...]

This book helped me through a large turning point in my life. I've gifted many copies to others.

In the revised edition of Where is God When it Hurts, Yancey acknowledges he was too young to tackle the problem of pain when he wrote the initial manuscript while in his twenties. In the second edition, he exercises greater caution in addressing the cause and benefits of human suffering and quickly moves from the unexplainable cause to how we should respond to pain. He also made a statement that made a permanent home in my consciousness. “We are not put on earth merely to satisfy our desires, [...]

I am continually amazed by God’s amazing power and love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a new perspective on pain. I highly recommend this book for everyone, especially Christians. It helps explain the reason for pain. Many people view pain as God’s one big mistake or as something to be avoided at all costs. In this book, Yancey points out that pain is a gift from God and that we should be thanking Him for the blessing of pain. He describes in depth the ways in which pain [...]

A comforting book to a person of faith experiencing grief. And I salute Yancey's honesty - he asks the hard questions, even when he doesn't have answers.But that's also the problem. He doesn't have answers, other than giving up and choosing to trust God. This book isn't the reason I stopped believing, but it didn't give me strong reasons to keep believing. To be fair, neither did anyone else, and at least Yancey made an effort to look at reality.

I was like, "FINALLY! Someone with real feelings." Some people act like super Christians. It was refreshing to see a person write from the perspective of a questioning and afraid Christian. It really is okay to wonder sometimes.

This is one of the most powerful books I have been impacted by. I read it shortly after experiencing one of the most devastating losses in my life. I recommend this for anybody who has been, or is, hurting for some interesting perspectives on God's role/place in our lives.

Read it in one sitting. Excellent.

A contemporary re-visitation of the Problem of Pain. Well done. Yancy feels our pain, even if he doesn't have any particular help for it.Worth re-reading.

Having first heard of this book via reference in my daily devotional, I wanted to read it because of the way the title applied:I have had instances of acute pain, and in such have wondered where God fits into that level of hurt.After the hospitalization of a very close family member, I myself have experienced a lot of emotional hurt with all of the changes and challenges that their pain brings.The book focuses solely on physical pain, everything from why pain receptors are an undervalued part of [...]

My appraisal of this book, Where Is God When It Hurts?, is that it is one of the best books I have ever read. It was scientific and spiritual, painful yet enlightening, easy to read but challenging. Through these elements, I have been awakened to a new perspective on pain: of my own and of others that I have encountered and will encounter in the future. Mr. Yancey began his book about pain and suffering with a biological perspective on pain and the need for it. As a biologist myself, I had never [...]

This was an interesting read about suffering and pain. The author begins with a discussion of the body, how pain works to protect it, and what happens when the system designed to protect no longer functions. Then he carried that through to suffering, sharing many stories of various tragedies and difficulties. I appreciated his humility, recognizing that suffering itself is a journey and each person proceeds at their own pace. I also liked that he included concrete examples of what not to say or [...]

Fairly deep and balanced viewYancey pulls in multiple sources and types of sources to give the reader a good engagement of the issue of pain and suffering and faithful response. He avoids the easy trap of looking to the afterlife to explain it all away which is common in American Christianity today while still acknowledging the reality of this life's temporary nature. It is well balanced between giving some answers and recognizing that there are no easy answers.

This book was okay. There are some good points: about the purpose of physical pain from a biological perspective; how the church body can reach out to those who are suffering. Yancey talks about the hope of heaven after we leave this broken road, yet he does not clearly present the whole Gospel (of our need for redemption through Jesus and Him being the only means of obtaining eternal life with God in heaven).

Yancey is a fantastic author and really opens your mind to new ways of thinking about God. This book was very interesting, surprising, and hard to put down until I finished reading it. Then I went back and re-read the pages I had noted with something I wanted to remember. After that, I copied by hand those notes which spoke loudest to me.

The beginning of this book was great. Yancey uses the example of leprosy and how dangerous it is to us when we cannot feel pain at the start of the book. I found this fascinating and thought-provoking. But once he got past talking about leprosy and into personal accounts of suffering, I kind of lost interest.

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