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The Question That Never Goes Away is a fantastically written book by Philip Yancey. I really appreciated Philip Yancey’s beautiful and clear writing, filled with quotes and views from other authors, scholars, and theologians other than his own, you will be left in deep healing, comfort, and encouragement while reading this book. Philip Yancey writes of his understandings when asked to talk to people in war zones, and to parents who have lost children in tragic school shooting incidents around the US. He asks some difficult questions, attempting to reach out to people going through awful circumstances. I feel that Philip acknowledges that each individual is different, that nobody can go through anybody else’s pain, and that we all deal with tragedies in different ways. I’m glad I read this; it was a reminder that life isn’t easy, but that God is still with us, wanting to hold us close, to share in our pain.Philip Yancey provided me a way to doubt, also reasons not to abandon my faith and provided practical ways to reach out to hurting people. I also fell that so many people have reasons to ask, over, again and again, the question that never goes away: Where is God when we suffer? Philip Yancey, when again, leads us to find faith when it is most severely put to the test. Please note how Philip started the book to support his title of his book. I will write a review of Philip Yancey’s book, “The Question That Never Goes Away”. The Bible states in Psalm 68:5 New International Version (NIV) 5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. Philip Yancey described two different types of disasters: 2011 earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan and the 4-year genocide ethnic cleansing of Sarajevo in 1992. The first example is a natural disaster, but the second is man-made. I asked myself why and you may be  questioning yourself  “Why?” Why would a God who loves us allow such destruction? I felt that Philip Yancy points out that during all of the pain and suffering that occurred and seeing that the people are continuing to move forward is evidence that God does exist. For I had to ask myself numerous times, clearly, a loving God wouldn’t allow such things to happen; therefore is it wrong to believe in God, but Philip counters: if, indeed, this is an impersonal universe of random meaninglessness, why are the atheists so shocked and upset about someone else’s tragedy? Clearly, their morals are shaped by the moral framework of Christianity.My opinion is that I don’t really think this is an adequate counter to the claim that God doesn’t exist. First of all, Christianity is not the only religion which is founded on the power of love. Philip Yancy continues by explaining that there’s nothing wrong with asking the question “Why?” In fact, it is a question asked over and over again in the Bible. God expects such questions, and he understands our grief and frustration at getting no answer. I believe that the way that the book starts off with the loss of Philp’s father set the tone of the book. Philip felt a sense of fatherless. His father died of the Polio disease. When he was only one year old. His father was a faithful promising missionary and was about to depart on a missionary trip. He has a very good memory of his father considering that his father died he was one year old. Philip also had an older sibling a brother that was three at the time. I cannot imagine or speak on the loss of a father because my father is still alive. I do know that your parents are a life source that God gives you for nurturing, love, guidance and or direction, a comforter or comforters, and basically the image of him on this side of life. Changing gears, Philip Yancey writes about suffering, The Question that Never Goes Away.  He quotes Victor Frankl who said, “Despair is suffering without meaning.”  Later in the book, Yancey says that “we get not a remedy for suffering but a use for it, a pattern of meaning.”  He quotes Terry Waite, who said after being released from four years’ captivity as a hostage in Lebanon, “I have been determined in captivity, and still am determined, to convert this experience into something that will be useful and good for other people.  I think that’s the best way to approach suffering.” What are pain and suffering? I realize that most of us have not suffered the extreme circumstances of  Victor Frankl or Terry Waite.  But we’ve all dealt with our own pain and suffering.  We all must ask ourselves from time to time what’s the use for our suffering?  Maybe we can consider the pattern of meaning?  I believe the guidance we truly desire to follow is from the people who find a pattern of meaning amidst their pain and suffering. I believe they give us hope, they bring alive courage; we believe that if we can grab hold of even a fraction of their strength everything will be okay. I considered the ordeal that my forefathers had to endure for me to have the liberties that I can enjoy today. I can feel their pain in more ways than one. Philip takes us on trips to some of the saddest places on earth, including Japan following the tsunami, Sarajevo and the ‘ethnic cleansing,’ the child killings at Newtown and Sandy Hook. He also had mentioned the tragedy that occurred at the Virginia Tech campus as well. As faithful believers, we must rely on the Christ that lives from within. The bible states in Psalm 55:22 New International Version (NIV)22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Philip Yancey offers is the idea that evil happens because it’s what occurs when humans have the freedom to choose.  As Desmond Tutu wrote following his time on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “this universe has been constructed in such a way that unless we live in accordance with its moral laws, we will pay the price for it” (122). Interestingly, while this a philosophically plausible answer, Yancey detects that survivors, with or without the Christian faith, don’t always find it entirely satisfying. Philip wrote about the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan. Months after the natural disaster, the count of buried cars and trucks reached over 500,000, some of which still had people were still inside. I can’t image two things; first and a tidal wave so high that there’s no time to react. Secondly, can you even imagine still seeing victims in their car graves? I wonder did some people had time to whisper a short prayer? The pain of even starting over without your family or loved ones has got to be hard.  In closing, As I stated before I really enjoyed reading Philip Yancey’s book, The Question That Never Goes Away. Philip Yancy dwells on quite a few tragic events. He was humble and was impressed with his observations of the moment. He provided powerful statements and references for your own reflection. He made me grow as a believer and I would recommend this book to others.