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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,810 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Jay Charles Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780310304395
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Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In Disappointment with God, he poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden?

This insightful and deeply personal audiobook points to the odd differences between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if he cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from him after all? Yancey answers these questions with clarity, depth, and biblical assurance. He takes us beyond the things that disillusion us and prevent us from experiencing a deeper faith, the certainty of God’s love, and the thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is. This audiobook comes with study questions for every chapter.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 2/18/2014

    " This book was a epic point in my life and revived my faith. I'll forever be thankful to Yancey for this one. He quickly became my favorite author with this book as the foundation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 2/14/2014

    " Philip Yancey engages the perennial puzzler of an all-good, all-powerful God that allows all manner of seemingly senseless tragedies and misfortunes to befall the world he has created. The book is essentially divided into two parts, the first taking a look at Old Testament history from God's point of view, and the second part engaging the book of Job and the problem of pain from humanity's point of view. I'd say the first part was certainly the stronger, perhaps due to the novelty of thinking about human history from God's perspective. The second part was alright-- it feels to me that Yancey is very good at posing difficult questions, but sometimes he has a hard time providing satisfying answers to the enigmas he has articulated so well. (Of course, the questions he's asking are very, very difficult.) In any event, although this book was a good, thoughtful read, if someone was interested in the topic, I'd recommend instead Yancey's more recent book on Prayer, which tackled many of the same issues in what I think is a more effective manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 2/4/2014

    " Not one of Yancey's best, but a worthy read nonetheless. He raises thought-provoking points (as always) throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/30/2014

    " I'm still reading this book. I'm not too far into it yet, it started out interesting and has slowed down a bit so I'm trying to stick with it because I have heard it's a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 1/19/2014

    " Yancey does a nice job of exploring three questions that no one asks aloud: Is God unfair? Is God silent? Is God hidden? He imparts personal experiences with solid Bible knowledge to give a wonderful overview of the human race's disappointment throughout the Bible in Part I. In Part II, Yancey continues to use Scripture references to further help us uncover the tough answers to the most important questions. It gives a new perspective on life, that is the perspective of God. It also encourages a renewed focus on the eternal life and the greater purpose that God has in store for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Ellerbe | 1/9/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books. For the first several years of my walk with God, I asked these questions many times, most notably "Is God Fair?" Philip Yancey was the first Christian author I read who had the guts to address aloud what many want to ask but do not for fear of being labelled a problem child. I highly recommend this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/4/2014

    " Great look into three questions most asked by skeptics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book--it helped me keep perspective. In the middle when he tries to look into God's point of view, I was impatient for when he got to our point of view but it was so worth it...I needed this book this summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sneha | 12/22/2013

    " if you've experienced it, give it a go. i like yancey for his honesty, which alas, is rare in evangelical circles. if you haven't experienced disappointment, where can i sign up? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quirky Girl | 11/30/2013

    " Good stuff in there but I read it when I really was disappointed with God and it didn't resolve any of my issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Zmuda | 11/20/2013

    " So good!! I want to read more by Philip Yancey!! Anyone have books by him that will let me borrow?? :D<3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/27/2013

    " Yancey came from a background of disappointment so he can be trusted to write on this matter. I recommend this to anyone who is exhausted with trying to constantly be upbeat about their faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Kinsfather | 7/10/2012

    " Classic Yancey. Tremendous thoughts on several key areas of disappointment with God. I was greatly encouraged by this a gave a copy to a grieving friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 11/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this, my first Yancy book. His style is very readable and understandable. I liked his openness and logic. It was good to see disappointments in life through the eyes of God instead of just my own. Very enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/30/2011

    " A more practical, yet still Biblical, perspective on suffering. Opened my eyes in many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiana T | 10/3/2011

    " This was a great book!!! I really recommend it to anyone asking questions about why God doesn't show up, why He is silent at times, why He doesn't intervene mostly, etc. GREAT book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/28/2011

    " I have to admit, I adore Yancey. He offers insights into the deep struggles of the soul in a way that any of us can access and apply to our lives. This did not disappoint. No pun intended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 7/30/2011

    " a very in sightful book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 2/18/2011

    " This book was awesome. Yancey's style is great. He gives you SO MUCH to think about and the subject matter is really deep, yet the book is incredibly " readable." It was a challenging book and made me think about life and God in a whole new way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 12/28/2010

    " All the unspoken thoughts were written by Philip Yancey! This book was such a blessing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 7/21/2010

    " Classic Yancey. Tremendous thoughts on several key areas of disappointment with God. I was greatly encouraged by this a gave a copy to a grieving friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 5/3/2010

    " I really enjoyed reading this, my first Yancy book. His style is very readable and understandable. I liked his openness and logic. It was good to see disappointments in life through the eyes of God instead of just my own. Very enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiana | 2/26/2010

    " This was a great book!!! I really recommend it to anyone asking questions about why God doesn't show up, why He is silent at times, why He doesn't intervene mostly, etc. GREAT book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/25/2010

    " Wonderful, faith-impacting book. Lays out the entire story of God's love for us from the beginning of the Bible to now and explains what is wrong with us feeling slighted by God when we have difficult times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 1/1/2010

    " wow how much I can relate to the people in this book who questions why God seems to be hidden and sient in a world so screwed up. There are some good answers to that for me so far from what I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 8/25/2009

    " This book was an inspiration. It really helped me to understand myself and God a bit more. I learned a lot and gained a bit more trust and courage. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 8/18/2009

    " This book was awesome. Yancey's style is great. He gives you SO MUCH to think about and the subject matter is really deep, yet the book is incredibly " readable." It was a challenging book and made me think about life and God in a whole new way. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.