08 July 2014

Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck

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In our increasingly shallow, self-centered world, quaint notions such as timeless truth and reverence for a holy, awe-inspiring God seem irretrievably lost. They’re not.

Many of us have fashioned a domesticated deity — a casual, malleable source of love and good feelings as we define them — and yet our spiritual lives are sedate, dry, devoid of passion or purpose.

Even so, today’s postmodern epidemic of rampant restlessness — and our failed, often destructive attempts to ease it — may be evidence of an ancient ache, a deep hunger for transcendence in all of us.

Drew Nathan Dyck makes a compelling case that the more we all seek is available by knowing and worshiping the dangerous God of Scripture — a God who is paradoxically untamable and accessible, impossibly mysterious and intimately knowable, above and beyond our physical world yet powerfully present within it. He is a God who beckons us to see him with fresh eyes and let him lead us to a faith that is wild, adventurous, and rooted in a deep understanding of his eternal character.

Yawning at Tigers charts a course away from the “safe” harbor of sanitized, predictable Christianity, into deeper waters where, yes, danger lurks, but where God’s majesty, love, and power finally become more real and transformative than we could have imagined.

Drew Dyck’s Yawning at Tigers serves as a powerful reminder of God’s character. So often we as Christians tend to boil God down to a manageable, understandable being – one who fits neatly and comfortably wherever needed. Yet, by shrinking God, we lose sight of His awesome greatness – holiness, righteousness, love. Dyck addresses these often neglected characteristics of God, as well as the importance of recognizing them. He roots his explanations in Biblical truths, yet makes the ideas accessible by providing stories from his personal experiences. Presented as more of a conversation than a lecture or sermon, Yawning at Tigers is a valuable read for any Christian and I highly recommend it. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of this book and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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