What Attributes of God Do I Mistrust the Most? {Book Club}

Hey friends,

Today, book club is a little different. We are discussion Chapters 7 and 8 from  Facing Danger: A Guide Through Risk by Dr Anna E Hampton. When it came time for me to write the post, my left arm was numb from so much typing. Being discerning as Dr. Anna advocates, I decided not to type today, but share my thoughts in a short seven minute video. If you are reading this in an email, you can watch the video here, otherwise, you can watch by clicking the video you see on the website.

“Most books on suffering jump immediately to how God will act after the risk is taken and how he will help a person through suffering. God’s emotions are almost never addressed, and commonly there is a narrow focus on doctrinal truth. However, emotions felt by God are mentioned considerably more times in the Old Testament than concepts about God.”

This quote is going to stay with me. I love this and I’m going to be looking for it as I read in the OT.

What would you like to discuss? Either from the video or what you read.

See you in the comments!

Amy

P.S. Next week Kimberlee Conway Ireton will be here. The second week in November we will discuss Chapters 9 and 10.

4 Comments

  1. M'Lynn October 30, 2017

    Hey! I haven’t been reading this book, but I enjoyed your video and the idea of moving beyond formulaic thinking and using discernment really resonates with me!! And…Weird to say, but something about thinking about the emotions of God makes me uncomfortable. So much of my thinking is about my emotions, not God’s. Hmmmm…That would change the lens through which I see the world if I press in to the question of what God’s emotions are. Simple in word, but not in deed because I can be so wrapped up in myself.

    1. Amy Young October 30, 2017

      M’Lynn, your comments has me wondering about God and emotions. . . we know all of the emotions through brokenness. So, when we think of emotions and God, it’s like looking through a mirror dimly.

  2. Kiera October 30, 2017

    So much in ch. 7 that stuck out to me. Some of my favorite parts: “When we discover that the god of our making is not our Rock, that he doesn’t act the way we expect him to, then we begin to question what he is truly like. This is exactly the question God wants us to ask so he can reveal to us the truth of the reality of his heart.” (Kindle Locations 2273-2275). Like you mentioned in the video, Amy, not only can God handle our questions, but He wants us to ask them. If we never give vent to our questions and open ourselves up to wonder, God stays stuck in a little box in our minds. When we question, God can show us more of who He truly is.

    I also loved the discussion of God’s emotions. Gave me lots to think about and keep my eyes open for as I read both the old and new testaments.

    The wilderness section was also rich – especially the connection to “chaos.” She writes, “The wilderness is the place of bewilderments, a place of chaos.” And just afterwards, explains the meaning of the Paleo-Hebrew spelling of the word (I had never heard of Paleo-Hebrew spelling meanings before this book, by the way) “from the chaos there is a door or way to the house of the Source (Head).” Love that!

  3. Raven Cruz October 31, 2017

    How fun is this video!

    I’m not quite done reading Ch. 8, but I’ll get there. Questions. Feelings. I am really enjoying getting into some of this.

    “God’s emotions reveal his will and concern for us. He is not detached or removed from what we are feeling. On the contrary, our emotions reflect him because we reflect his image.”
    This is the second time this month the topic of God’s emotions has come up for me. Though I’m still trying to rap my head around it a bit it is so comforting. I can easily run away from emotion and to know that what I am feeling and the emotions I experience are a reflection of him is encouraging. He rejoices with me. He weeps with me. He is sad with me. He walks with me in every emotion.

    “I want to assure you: God can handle these questions. He longs for us to ask them, because then he has the joy of answering them and showing us part of himself now that we are asking.”
    He isn’t afraid or surprised by my questions. When I think about it, I almost feel as though he is honored by our questions. When we are real enough to put our questions before Him. We’ve come to the source for answers; not a friend, not a post on the internet, not an external source (though those things can be a vessel to bring about an answer) just a longing to know on a deeper level.

    How she broke down the aspect of not feeling God in the wilderness was so good, as well. So much here, but I”ll stop now. I could keep going!

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