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The Question that Never Goes Away: What is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?

Philip Yancey

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Prose: non-fiction, Christianity, Christian life & practice, Personal Christian testimony & popular inspiration, Christian social thought & activity

Picking up where he left off in the bestselling Where is God When it Hurts?, Philip Yancey tells stories from his recent life experiences, raising this question again but suggesting fresh encouragement for faith - even when it is most severely put to the test.

Some days, the news seems too much to bear: yet another natural catastrophe or gun-toting madman fills the bulletins; or an unexpected phone call reveals that a loved one's cancer has returned.

If we have faith in God, it gets shaken to the core. What was God doing in the moment when that tragedy could have been prevented? If we can't trust God to keep our children and loved ones safe, what can we trust God for?

In his classic book, Where is God When it Hurts?, Philip Yancey gave us permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people. Now, with new perspectives and stories gathered from across nearly twenty-five years, he tackles the hard questions head-on once again.

More veteran pilgrim than curious journalist in his later years, Yancey faces the issues which undermine faith with his trademark honesty, and emerges with comfort and hope. Along the way, he shows that Christians have an important part to play in bringing healing to a deeply wounded world.

There are many hopeful reasons to ask, once again, the question that never goes away.

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Praise for The Question that Never Goes Away: What is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?

  • In his new book, Philip Yancey returns to the question, 'what is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?'. Many of his best-selling books have considered this, most difficult of question and with 'The Question that Never Goes Away' Yancey continues to express his own journey in print. - Aslan Christian Books

  • Philip Yancey is interviewed by Sharon Barnard, for Woman Alive Magazine. - Woman Alive Magazine - Sharon Barnard

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Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey is one of the most popular and acclaimed religious writers of our day. His searching and refreshingly honest books, which include FINDING GOD IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, SOUL SURVIVOR, PRAYER and WHAT GOOD IS GOD? have encouraged and inspired millions of people around the world.

With a background in journalism, Philip admits that he prefers to ask the questions instead of answer them. This has led him through a path of re-discovering his faith and sharing that publicly through his writing in some of the most heart-felt and tried ways imaginable. A true wordsmith, a curator of language, Philip tackles difficult issues with an approach of 'this is what I've wrestled with and how I got through it so perhaps you might find it helpful too' making his reading incredibly engaging.

Philip admits that he lost his faith in a racist church and made a living out of being a doubter and sceptic. After he came back to his faith, he wrote books about his journey by 'circling the edges' of common issues and eventually moving on to topics like Jesus, grace and most recently prayer.

Billy Graham has said that there is no one in the evangelical world whom he admires more.

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