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"This is beyond a doubt the very best book I have read from a Christian author in my life." (Dr. Robert A. Seiple, President, World Vision)
Nonfictions, particularly one of this length, are difficult to follow in the car. But I'm surprised at how much of "Grace" has stuck with me months after reading it. Yancey is a bit repetitive, which at first I found annoying, but it did make it easier to pick up where I'd left off. The book gives an apolitical look at the meanness that has crept into public Christian discourse but also offers an antidote. Yancey poses a central question: Why do we have so much trouble believing in God's love and infinite forgiveness? He uses well-researched Biblical support to prove that we should.
This book gave an interesting viewpoint to what is needed in the Church today. It also challenged my way of thinking of people that don't "measure up". This is a very good book for people that would like to represent Jesus to the world.
First, the small negative: The reader was very slow. I got around this by turning up the speed on my iPod. If I would not have been able to do that, I am not so certain I could have stayed interested.
But now to the content. I am very glad I did stay interested. I love the way Yancey teaches us about grace. He uses many stories to make his point. At the same time, it is not as though he is simply stating his opinion and leaving the Bible out of it. He actually gives very good interpretation of and application from parables. He just simply has a masterful way of relating the concepts of grace to real life.
I like this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone. It impacted my life personally, as I was able to recognize the un-grace I practiced so readily. Through his stories, he shows us what grace looks like and gives us tangible examples to follow in an area where so few examples are obvious in my daily experience. For the first time, I feel as though I have at least a good idea how to start practicing grace without simply piling on more rules which lead instead to ungrace.
"There, but for the grace of God..." Yancey has given us a gift in this book by returning the focus from political issues back to the grace of God and the life-changing power of His freely-given gift. The grace-lessness of today's evangelical church is a symptom of how much the church, especially, needs to recieve and give grace.
I haven't finished listening to the book yet, but felt compelled to write a review. Through his clear exegesis of Biblical references and modern day examples, Philip Yancey holds a scary mirror. Unless you want to have a paradigm shift in how you regard Grace, don't bother to read it. If you are prepared to have a life changing wake up call, then make it your very next read.
I found this book to very interesting and relevant to current world events. Personally, it forced me to take a deep look at myself and my practice of grace within my life. Specifically, how do I honor Christ?
I would recommend this book to anyone who has issues with forgiveness. It brings to light what really matters to God and reaffirms the lessons that taught by Jesus Christ.
This book does a wonderful, thought provoking, and challenging, job of how to look at "sinners" and people that range from plain evil to the average non-Christian. I listened to the last part of this book repeatedly where the author refers to helping nourish famished souls by assisting in the Lord's Supper. He mentioned that one women stated, (I am paraphrasing), "...I do not partake of the Lord's Supper because I am a good Christian, but rather because I am a bad Christian. I suffer from severe hypoglycemia of the soul. I am filled with anger, doubt and laziness" (again I am paraphrasing). The author talks about how we are dishonest in church - we come to church where we act, and appear to have it "all together", while visitors who are miserable, and feeling worthless leave because they feel they don't measure up to the churches standards. Jesus had compassion on a prostitute caught in the act - in how many churches would a prostitue find compassion and understanding - let alone acceptance? Sinners loved being with Jesus (read the gospels) - they don't love being with most of us Christians, or setting foot in our churchs.
A local Christian Radio Host died earlier this year. One of her co-workes, from her radio station talked about how she had prayed with the homeless and the drug dealers in Detroit. Phillip Yancey does a wonderful job of how to think about how I should treat sinners (such as drug dealers). After this person died, I wondered, if one of the drug dealers wanted a Christian to pray with, to talk to, and to find their way to God, would there be another Christian available?
Phillip Yancey goes into numerous historical examples of people filled with grace who have made a difference - such as Martin Luther King Jr.
This book does a wonderful job of answering the question of, "Why are Christians viewed by the world as full of hate and unforgiving?", as well as why people say, "If I ever set foot in a church the roof would cave in."
This was my first, but certainly not going to be my last, audio book by Philip Yancey. It is very well read, clear and understandable without the volume fluctuations of some audio books. Really anxious to hear more from this author!
After listening to this book, I bought 6 paper copies and shipped them to my parents and five sisters. Very inspiring. I've since listened to several other Yancey books. All have been good, but this one's the best.
The editing has some issues in this book. As it moves along, you can hear the reader's mistakes that normally would have been removed. I have listened to many audio books and never heard one with this editing error. Interestingly, it's a book about grace, which is not needed by perfect people. Maybe they left the errors on purpose to illustrate the point..This book has a wonderful, life changing message and it was delivered by an imperfect person. God can use us to share the life changing message of grace too and we need only be humble, not perfect.
"What's so amazing about Grace"
A brilliant book which I have listened to several times and each time I have got something more from it. Well worth reading!
"Eye opening and thought provoking!"
This is now my fourth time of listening to this book. I was drawn back to it because of the sequel Vanishing Grace.
Now, this book isn't for you if you know all about God's Grace, or if you're satisfied and assured with your role as a Christian. You won't learn anything from this book because, you already know it!
However, if like me, you struggle a little bit with your Christianity, and have conflicting or confused ideas as to your role in life then,this book's for you. You still won't know it all but, you'll know it better.
Then go and buy Vanishing Grace. I think you'll hear the voice of Jesus sometimes.
Yancy has a real revelation on what true Grace is. It is an inspiring piece of work and is a must read for anyone.
"A challenging book worth listening to"
The author tells many stories to illustrate his points, which makes this book very easy to listen to. Although easy to listen to, the book is also very challenging!
My only criticism is in the recording, rather than the book itself. There are a large number of instances where you can hear the narrator cough or fumble his words, and they haven't been edited out properly. This is only a minor gripe though, and doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the book.
"fantastic book from this first rate author"
The first thing that strikes me about this book is how long it takes Phillip Yancey to start talking about Jesus, this is no bad thing for a change. Yancey?s approach is centered round how because of Jesus grace is present in places you would not have otherwise found it.
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