What Good Is God?

In Search of a Faith That Matters

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
304 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2011
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Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

This was my first audio book in 15 years. I had tried a fiction audio book years ago but couldn't drive and keep up with the plot at the same time. Thankfully, this book was a subject that I could listen to like a conversation and I did indeed listen to it while I was driving, this time without any difficulty.

At first I was a little disappointed with Philip Yancey's narration of the book because it was often droning and monotonous, but I tried to concentrate instead on the message that was being delivered and pretend that I was reading the words he was saying.

While I thought that Yancey may have inserted himself too much into the stories, talking about his automobile accident and such, I did very much enjoy his interviews with the lay ministers in China and with the professional sex workers in Wisconsin. These interviews and Yancy's journalistic approach were the best aspects of this audio book for me. They were real. They were gritty. They clearly reflected the hope that these people found in Christ and how they've in turn helped other people find a relationship with Christ. How inspiring! I wanted to cry when I heard how the girl who was shot in the Columbine High School shooting reached out to the people in the Virginia Tech shooting.

This is a good audio book to listen to in order to gain a perspective on just how great is our God and truly answers the question of what good God can do in our lives.

Anne Boiling

This review is on the audio book edition of What Good Is God? by Phillip Yancy. In his latest book he takes us around the world to ask the question, “How do we find comfort in the midst of disaster and suffering, or What Good Is God?” I was reminded of something I heard right after an earthquake. A man asked, "Where is God while we suffer?" The answer was, “He is in the hands that came to help.“

One of the places he takes us is to China where we encounter the underground Christians. Recently, I assisted in a worship service where we learned about the Christians in China and how they are persecuted; and yet, they continue praising God. Among other stops are: Christians in the Middle East, an AA meeting in Chicago, a group from the sex industry, Virginia Tech, and South Africa.

Three stops really touched me. The interview with the woman sold into sexual slavery at age four was heart wrenching. The plight of so many people in South Africa due to HIV/AIDS brought tears to my eyes. China’s underground Christians made me grateful for the freedom to worship.

To answer the question, “What good is God?”...He is hope in a hopeless situation; He is love in the face of hatred; He is acceptance in the face of rejection; He is God. Phillip Yancy is a prolific author. His books are unique in that he writes as a journalist and as a Christian. I found this book to be one of his best, and I highly recommend it.