Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yawning at Tigers, by Drew Dyck

Drew Dyck’s new book, Yawning at Tigers is a very challenging and helpful read for believers in Christ. In an age where men attempt to create a God that makes sense for them it is good to be reminded that God is God and He is not tame nor is He to be trifled with. I was not sure how to rate this book. It was just the book I needed at this moment in my life and yet it was slow at first and hard to get into. Drew rightly points out that we try to tame God, that we try to have a God that is all about love and forget His other attributes. On page 64 the author quotes a gospel presentation that he was once presented with, “Being a Christian isn’t hard. You won’t lose your friends or be unpopular at school. Nothing will change. Your life will be the same, just better.” Not only is this a lie but the students this was presented to were unmoved. Who wants a God that doesn’t change their lives or offer a grand purpose? God is all loving but He is also Holy, just and righteous. He transforms us and the notion that He would leave us the same and tolerate our willful narcissism is ridiculous at best. The book is powerful and I fear that many won’t be able to get past the beginning to get to the heart of it. Often we try to tame the holiness of God as Dyck points out but we also try to put limit on his love and grace which are inexhaustible. Dyck uses the story of Hosea to remind us of God’s great love for us and the length He will go to win us. By the end of the book I felt renewed in my faith and challenged to pursue God with all that I have. Yawning at Tigers is a book that will challenge you to see God as He really is instead of the watered down domesticated cat that this culture finds increasingly popular. The book made me uneasy about my assumptions of God which was just what I needed. It is a book worth buying and reading. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for a great read.