©1997 Philip D. Yancey; Snow Photograph ©1995 Mark Tomalty; Tree Photograph ©1997 Garry Black
"At a time when the actions of Christians holding extreme positions can inoculate many against the Gospel and the claims of Christ, Philip draws us back to the gift of grace." (Dr. Robert A. Seiple, President, World Vision)
Yancy is set far apart from cliche American Christian writing I've come to loathe. Consciously shunning clubby neo-pious "insider" dialogue, Yancy approaches issues of faith with a journalist's integrity to honesty, balance, and scope. As a Christian, I find much in today's Christian pop culture outright embarrassing -- Yancy is one of the shining exceptions of intellectual integrity. This book is certainly among his best works.
Alternate title for the book: Everything you ever wanted to know about God's Grace but never knew to ask.
Grace tasks us to be "gracious" to everyone including sinners, enemies, and "different people". But the world and even some churches have taught us to give them "un-grace" instead.
I found this book to be truly inspiring. He uses wonderful stories that are great illustrations of God's grace. The most basic message of Christianity (we are saved by grace, through faith) is powerfully delivered.
Very thoughtful insights as to grace and the wonderful aspects of how God and Jesus have given us a gift that is priceless. Provoked me to think of ways I could apply it to every day life and my relationships with my kids, my wife and my friends ... and especially people I don't like.
Overall very boring and mostly political. Well informed Christains will not find this book valuable. The author seems to have an agenda against faith based voters. I felt like I was being lectured to for hours. His definition of Grace is bizarre. This is the first audible book I chose to discard.
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