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The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith [Kindle Edition]

Christopher J. H. Wright , John R. W. Stott
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If we are honest, we have to admit that there are many things we don’t understand about God. We do not have final answers to the deep problems of life, and those who say they do are probably living in some degree of delusion. There are areas of mystery in our Christian faith that lie beyond the keenest scholarship or even the most profound spiritual exercises.

For many people, these problems raise so many questions and uncertainties that faith itself becomes a struggle, and the very person and character of God are called into question.

Chris Wright encourages us to face up to the limitations of our understanding and to acknowledge the pain and grief they can often cause. But at the same time, he wants us to be able to say, like the psalmist in Psalm 73: “But that’s all right. God is ultimately in charge and I can trust him to put things right. Meanwhile, I will stay near to my God, make him my refuge, and go on telling of his deeds.”

About the Author

Dr. Chris Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. He also serves as chair of the Lausanne Committee's Theology Working Group and chair of the Theological Resource Panel of TEAR Fund, a leading Christian relief and development charity. He has written several books, including Living as the People of God (An Eye for an Eye in the US), God's People in God's Land, Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Walking in the Ways of the Lord, Deuteronomy in the New International Biblical Commentary, The Message of Ezekiel in the Bible Speaks Today series, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and The Mission of God. Chris and his wife, Liz, have four adult children and three grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0057D9268
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (26 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKV9A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing! 12 Feb. 2009
Format:Hardcover
The "Tough Questions" that Christopher Wright's book addresses are as old as the hills. But his clear, honest approach and dialogue with these imponderables of the faith is skillfully fresh, accessible and relevant to both the scholar and non-scholar. Freeing himself of evangelical platitudes and simple solutions, Wright portrays tough questions as they should be portrayed: "really tough." But what is so refreshing about the book is already expressed in the title and subtitle: The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith. He doesn't promise all the answers from the get go. He promises reflections, of which he delivers thoughtfully, articulately, prayerfully, and pastorally.
Allow me to give some examples. In his introduction, Wright begins by clarifying that there are different types of "not understanding." Often, we simply put "understanding" in the theoretical world, but we experience non-understanding in a variety of ways including grief, emotional pain, puzzlement and even gratitude. This is a simple, yet profound insight by which he begins his book.
Wright acknowledges the agony of evil's influence in the world. For us, it simply does not make sense. Rather than postulating a rationally sound theodicy, however, he turns the tables. For Wright, it is actually a good thing that evil does not make sense to us because "sense" is a good part of our rationality that is part of the image of God in us. Evil has nothing to do with "sense"-- that is, it is completely beyond our rational notions! (p. 42)
But Wright never leaves the reader in hopelessness. He guards the ugliness of evil's offense and violation of all we know to be good, while equally affirming the goodness of God and the hope of complete redemption.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and helpful 16 Aug. 2009
Format:Hardcover
I appreciated the honesty of the author. He distinguishes clearly between what can be asserted with confidence and what cannot. The section on end times was most helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well argued 11 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a most excellent book tackling a few difficult questions, each of which is treated with a serious, thoughtful and detailed response. While one might not agree with everything the writer states it is refreshing to have honest opinions clearly expressed - would that politicians followed this man's approach.
I would recommend it to anyone who seeks to have some answers given to the puzzles that Scripture oft times leaves for us to ponder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The God I now understand a bit better! 10 Dec. 2013
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I bought this book to read the section on Israel's war to clear the Canaanites out of their land. It's an issue that troubles me and always has. I've never read anything that helped me square this horrible war with the God of love behind it. Those looking for complete answers to impossible questions won't find them here. But Wright deals with difficult issues with compassion and biblical authority. His treatment of this subject is the most helpful I have read. I strongly recommend this book to those who struggle with difficult problems like suffering, war and the atonement.
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