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Publisher's Summary

What on earth are we missing? Philip Yancey believes we are missing the supernatural hidden in everyday life.

In Rumors of Another World, Yancey investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. He grapples with why God made the world and what our role truly is, and seeks to answer the question, "How do I live in the natural world while expressing the values of the supernatural?"

Yancey invites listeners to join him on a journey of discovery. He challenges us to tune into "rumors of another world," and connect the seen with the unseen. He promises that the grace-filled result will be a life of beauty, purpose, freedom, and faith.

Walk with Philip through the borderlands of belief, a place between doubt and faith, and see if you don't find a hopeful new perspective for your life.

©2003 Philip Yancey (P)2003 Zondervan

Critic Reviews

"A work that is startling and original...[Philip] Yancey, one of the Christian market's best writers, shows a marvelous ability to speak to the world outside that market." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Mike
  • Winston Salem, NC, USA
  • 11-25-03

Yancey pulls no punches.

Whether you are a Christian or not Philip Yancey can help. He is unafraid to tackle the tough issues (Sex, Faith, Doubt and Sin.) Showing us that to be a Christian doesn't mean we have to stop thinking or give up pleasure. We seem to forget the God created our ability use our minds and feel. Yancey always gives reasons to believe. Yancey is a thinker and the reader cannot help but follow along.

The narrator Richard Doyle is a delight to listen to. His voice and accent talents really enhance the recording.

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Powerful, Human, and Beautiful

This is a wonderful audiobook, intelligent and literate, simultaneously spiritual and grounded. I highly recommend this work to those interested in learning more about the God of the Bible in a way that is both sensible and sensitive.

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Rumors of another world exapanding your horizons

This is really one of the best metaphysical books I have ever read.
Philip Yancy has a conversational style that takes you along with his thinking to places you might never go by yourself. Exploring what most of us never really think much about but is probably one of the most important aspects of life. His company on the journey is well worth the ride...

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I love love love this book!!

I have always liked the idea of the Matrix movies illustrating the other "real" world. This book takes that thought to an inspiring and beautiful, and sometimes convicting, place. A must read/listen!!

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listen to this

loved it...worth my time...it has raised my curiosity more always enjoyed audible books and Philip Yancey

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I will read this again and again!

Would you listen to Rumors of Another World again? Why?

Yes. The writer gave me glimpses into the invisible world in a most compelling and tender way. The end brought me to tears.

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I loved this book. I struggled most of my life with a view of God as a terrible ogre waiting to strike me down for my least offense. And as offenses go, I really did't really have a good understanding of what constituted an offense. My upbringing would have me looking down on wearing jewelry, going to movies, watching TV, dancing, smoking, drinking while I watched members of my family do things like bring home items from work for use at home, cutting people off in traffic and ignoring the needy. I left the church of my youth when I was 40 and now I'm in my 50's I have started to really learn what offenses in God's world really are and how relationship is so important. This book was really beneficial and helping to draw the curtain back in a broad way to see the amazing grace of God at work in this world we live in and how He uses us to draw Heaven into this earth. A truly awesome and inspiring piece of work and I will read it again. In fact… I really want my entire family to read it!

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Starts as an apologetic, ends as story telling

The concept of hints of heaven in our daily life is the central concept of this book and the argument is well made. I have only two critiques:

1) The point is well made in a chapter or two, and the rest of the book seems to be story telling to make the concept book-length rather than simply settling the matter.

2) The narrator with only a few exceptions has a pleasing tone and rhythm, but he has an irritating pattern of modulating his voice when quoting others. The modified tone sounds silly in comparison.

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  • Pm
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 12-23-03

Rumours of Another World

A great disappointment. Seemingly another book, in a growing barrage, that tries to argue that American's can maintain moral and spiritual superiority by going back to traditional values. The author is unfortunately silent about the foregiveness, tolerance, humanity and caring that is the core of Christianity.

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  • Eugene
  • San Carlos, CA, USA
  • 02-03-04

Caveman, you still have followers!

Typical religious propaganda characterized by poor understanding of science and general ?owe? about everything in nature. No real arguments. In his attempt to strike against logic author tries to show that world is in disarray without irrational believe in God. He goes as far as to claim that Sep 11 2001 was an awakening experience for non-religious Americans; apparently forgetting that deeply religious people flue themselves into our buildings.

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  • Hugo Minney
  • 02-18-15

Explains a lot

So many things that hadn't made sense - Yancey just gives the right explanation and illustrates with the most appropriate metaphors.
I want all my agnostic and militant agnostic friends to read this. And my faithful friends - I learnt so much I think you will too. I learnt with my heart so it's now part of me. This isn't an academic discussion it is an excellent book

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  • sylvia
  • 02-26-16

Great topic.

What a great insight. Explains a lot about the mess we're in. Excellent. Worth reading.