My thoughts on reading Philip Yancey’s Reaching for the invisible God
I’ve been avoiding Yancey for years. He’s so popular I thought he’d be insipid. I was wrong. I repent of being so dismissive. In one way I’m surprised he’s so popular; in another way I understand and think it’s great. He reads so widely and has an open, inquiring mind. This book made me feel like I was in the company of an honest and thoughtful seeker who had passion and only some tentative answers.
Maybe that’s where I find the key weakness in this book as well. Because as beautifully as Yancey explains the problem of trying to relate to a God who is invisible, hidden, often seemingly absent, I came away without knowing much new.
Instead, I drifted through well written chapters which only seemed to have loose connections with each other and even within themselves. Along the way, I heard a lot of wonderful stories, wise sayings and profound thoughts. But what did it all add up to? Probably this: that someone who has thought deeply about this problem and read widely on it has shared his findings.
I like Yancey for his honesty and I think he’s good for evangelicalism.