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Wrestling with God

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By James Emery White

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We give ourselves to God and then struggle profoundly with the relationship.

We are drawn in and then want to flee in fear.

We move from faith to doubt, trust to confusion, intimacy to a feeling of abandonment.

Coming to faith is like falling in love. It can be a head-over-heels rush to the altar or a slow acceptance that slips into a heartfelt embrace. Either way, eventually romance crashes headlong into reality.

Often we make things worse either by feeling guilty about our struggles with doubt or by trying to dismiss them as unimportant or insignificant. We may even become resentful that God does not simply step in to clear up our confusion.

When we find ourselves in any of these predicaments, the only way out is to face our uncertainties about God--deliberately and directly.

In Wrestling with God James Emery White explores these struggles we all face--struggles of heart, soul, mind and strength. And struggles to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Here you will find your tough questions about God addressed. Better still, you will find the way to renewed faith.

"Wrestling with God is an anointed book. As I read, I felt constrained to stop frequently to think, to take notes, to reflect on my own spiritual journey and, finally, to thank God for such a rich feast of thought and insight." - Gordon MacDonald, author of Ordering Your Private World and Mid-Course Correction

"While many recent books have addressed the difficulties of maintaining a deep, intimate relationship with God, White's contribution offers remarkable clarity of thought. [He] structures his discussion around the 'Great Commandment': to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and then to turn that love outward to others. Without giving simplistic answers, White provides insightful and encouraging guidance. . . . The book's moving, well-crafted illustrations--from the faith wrestlings of a young Mother Teresa to a moving story from Corrie ten Boom's childhood--give color and depth to the discussion. Reflecting a breadth of knowledge, this book will appeal to more educated readers, yet its accessibility and brevity will give it a much wider audience." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) June 24, 2003

ISBN: 978-0-8308-3363-4

Format: paperback

Publisher: IVP Books, 2008

Pages: 174