BOOK: Wasting Time with God

Wasting Time With God: A Christian Spirituality of Friendship With God


    Klaus Issler (Foreword by James Houston)

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Length: 296 pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press (June 2001)
ISBN: 978-0-8308-2280-5
Translations: Korean, Portuguese, Russian

BACKGROUND

For me, working on Wasting Time with God--a six year project--was like completing a second doctorate. I was on the hunt to search out answers to questions I had, but which didn't seem available in the popular literature. Answers can be found--but they mostly are only accessible in various technical tomes in biblical studies, theology or philosophical theology. It was an exciting challenge to delve into this technical literature to answer my questions.

Each chapter (Ch 2-8) was like a mini-book on it's own, exploring a few key questions within a certain arena: (Ch 2: the Trinity, Ch 3: pride in Satan and humility in Jesus; Ch 4: reality (metaphysics); Ch 5: the hiddeness of God; Ch 6: The Holy Spirit and guidance; Ch 7 suffering and evil; Ch 8 prayer and God's sovereignty).

It's been rewarding to hear the book being used for a variety of purposes: as a devotional guide for Christian faculty, for lay men's and women's bible studies, and as a textbook in college classroom (there are 32 pages of footnotes).

The formational question is what prompted me to eventually write Wasting Time With God. I became persuaded that we generally live our lives based on a core beliefs--and that the most basic core belief is our view of God. A.W. Tozer began his classic book, The Knowledge of the Holy, with this statement:

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."

Our beliefs about God need to be changed. Mine changed significantly over the writing of that book. Studying various academic texts offered helpful corrections to my own limited view of God. So I benefited from various biblical, theological and philosophical scholars who have given their time and talents to clarifying these key matters about God. Gratefully, Wasting Time With God has been used for Bible studies and classes in various churches.