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You long for love and happiness. But so often you are blocked from satisfying that longing. What are the barriers? Why are they so troublesome? How does spirituality play a role? Rebecca Manley Pippert examines these persistently human questions in this thoughtful and personal book. She invites you to join her on a journey exploring the region between faith and unbelief wh You long for love and happiness. But so often you are blocked from satisfying that longing. What are the barriers? Why are they so troublesome? How does spirituality play a role? Rebecca Manley Pippert examines these persistently human questions in this thoughtful and personal book. She invites you to join her on a journey exploring the region between faith and unbelief where your hopes and doubts mingle. Calling as expert guides such thinkers as Albert Camus and C. S. Lewis, she cites freely her own experiences and sets out the questions all face--questions about significance, meaning, love, life and truth, the search for encouragement and security. Pippert offers no canned formulas or saccharine cliches. In this revised and updated edition she squarely engages your uncertainty, disappointment, longing for fulfillment, and the reality of pain and suffering. Such realism rings in the stories she tells and in the ideas she explores. In doing so she leads you beyond the search for your own significance to the reasons you have for your hope of discovering God.


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You long for love and happiness. But so often you are blocked from satisfying that longing. What are the barriers? Why are they so troublesome? How does spirituality play a role? Rebecca Manley Pippert examines these persistently human questions in this thoughtful and personal book. She invites you to join her on a journey exploring the region between faith and unbelief wh You long for love and happiness. But so often you are blocked from satisfying that longing. What are the barriers? Why are they so troublesome? How does spirituality play a role? Rebecca Manley Pippert examines these persistently human questions in this thoughtful and personal book. She invites you to join her on a journey exploring the region between faith and unbelief where your hopes and doubts mingle. Calling as expert guides such thinkers as Albert Camus and C. S. Lewis, she cites freely her own experiences and sets out the questions all face--questions about significance, meaning, love, life and truth, the search for encouragement and security. Pippert offers no canned formulas or saccharine cliches. In this revised and updated edition she squarely engages your uncertainty, disappointment, longing for fulfillment, and the reality of pain and suffering. Such realism rings in the stories she tells and in the ideas she explores. In doing so she leads you beyond the search for your own significance to the reasons you have for your hope of discovering God.

30 review for Hope Has Its Reasons: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship with God

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eric Chappell

    Books like this are exactly why you should read footnotes. Discovered this gem hidden away in a bibliography, and what a gem it is. Had not heard of Rebecca M. Pippert before. This book takes you on the journey of faith demonstrating that the cross and the empty tomb is the answer to the world's problem, namely Me. If you like Eugene Peterson, Keller, C.S. Lewis, Wright, you'll devour this. I'll be returning to this goldmine frequently.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Reissued from a earlier edition, this book thoughtfully and intelligently unveils human nature’s attempts and complete failure to be good without God. Pippert also looks at religion’s failure, then explains well the deep import of the cross and the resurrection. This writer packs a wallop, caring for while also challenging the modern and post-modern mind.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria (Victoria's Reading Pantry)

    I loved this book! Gave me a new perspective on many things I've been questioning and working through in my own faith life. Definitely recommend for someone who is wondering the longing for love and happiness is all some sort of sick joke...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    This is a fresh and helpful book that explores the basic contours of the Christian faith. Rebecca Pippert explores the human condition by showing that the problem in the world lies in our own hearts (chapter 1). We're not okay (chapter 2), neither are we in charge (chapter 3). The problem is that we worship the wrong things (chapter 4). Only God can satisfy our deepest longings - the brokenness of our lives results from seeking that satisfaction in other things - relationships, wealth, sex, plea This is a fresh and helpful book that explores the basic contours of the Christian faith. Rebecca Pippert explores the human condition by showing that the problem in the world lies in our own hearts (chapter 1). We're not okay (chapter 2), neither are we in charge (chapter 3). The problem is that we worship the wrong things (chapter 4). Only God can satisfy our deepest longings - the brokenness of our lives results from seeking that satisfaction in other things - relationships, wealth, sex, pleasure, status, etc. This idolatrous worship is sin (chapter 5) The answer to our woes is found in the gospel: the story of Jesus crucified and risen (chapters 6-7). When we respond to the gospel in honest confession and a life of genuine repentance, we are changed (chapter 8). The Christian life is an appropriation of the gospel, as live the cross in humble denial of self (chapter 9) and live the resurrection in joyful hope (chapter 10). This is really an amazing book because it speaks with such poignancy to the human heart. Mrs. Pippert did not become a Christian until she was a young adult, and only after much struggle and wrestling with difficult philosophical questions. She addresses these questions carefully in this book, illustrating them with numerous conversations, anecdotes, and striking quotations from literature, philosophy, and psychology. Though I've been a Christian for many years, I found this book very moving and helpful. I would especially recommend this as a book to give to your non-Christian friends. It is not a coercive book, but a thoughtful engagement with issues that most human beings face - loneliness, emptiness, suffering, despair - from a distinctly Christian perspective. This is a book that could be life-changing for you or someone you love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine Hoover

    I would describe this book as a readable apologetics book for skeptics. She diagnoses the human condition, leading to the question, "What is the answer then?" And then she answers it with Christ, but from the perspective of the agnostic she was before becoming a Christian.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann Thomas

    Amazing book about the Christian life and its difficulties. Spells out the reasons for the hope that we have. Made lots of notes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joni Weidenaar

    I would like to re-read this book. I remember feeling a lot of respect for her logic.

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