Author: Philip Yancey
Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in WHAT GOOD IS GOD? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: Mumbai, India when the firing started during the terrorist attacks; at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre; an AA convention; and even to a conference for women in prostitution. At each of the 10 places he visited, his preparation for the visit and exactly what he said to the people he met each provided evidence that faith really does work when what we believe is severely tested. WHAT GOOD IS GOD? tells the story of Philips journey–the background, the preparation, the presentations themselves. Here is a story of grace for armchair travelers, spiritual seekers, and those in desperate need of assurance that their faith really matters.
About the author:
Philip Yancey, a journalist by profession, is a bestselling writer and speaker. He is known for his honest, thoughtful explorations of Christian faith, particularly in areas of questions, struggles, and mystery. His devoted readers have bonded with him on his own journeys through doubt and faith, and they count on him as a trusted companion in the search for a faith that matters amid the world’s deepest problems as well as its shining joys.
I am usually a huge fan of Philip Yancey but I was a little bit disappointed in the book. It is not really a book you read as a whole. There is several different sections on different tragedies or subjects; in each section Yancey talks about the tragedy and then lets you read a speech he gave about it. The book can almost be read as short stories. I found some of the sections very interesting and enjoyed reading them. I especially liked the first section about Virginia Tech since I had gone there for a time. I knew one of the students that was shot and killed. I enjoyed Philip Yancey’s story telling as always but found the speeches a little hard to read sometimes. This is an interesting book to read if you want to learn about the tragedies or want to know what Philip Yancey’s responses were to them. I wouldn’t recommend this to non Christians or those seeking answers though; it is not that kind of book. I still think Philip Yancey is an amazing writer.
Disclaimer: This book was provided for review for free. I was in no way compensated for this post. Everything written is my own thoughts and feelings. Thank you!