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Finding God in Unexpected Places [Kindle Edition]

Philip Yancey
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Book Description

An Atlanta slum. A pod of whales off the coast of Alaska. The prisons of Peru and Chile. The plays of Shakespeare. A health club in Chicago. For those with eyes to see, traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places. Yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they’ve overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope.

In this enlightening book author Philip Yancey serves as an insightful tour guide for those willing to look beyond the obvious, pointing out glimpses of the eternal where few might think to look. Whether finding God among the newspaper headlines, within the church, or on the job, Yancey delves deeply into the commonplace and surfaces with rich spiritual insight.

Finding God in Unexpected Places takes readers from Ground Zero to the Horn of Africa, and each stop along the way reveals footprints of God, touches of his truth and grace that prompt readers to search deeper within their own lives for glimpses of transcendence.


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An Atlanta slum. A pod of whales off the coast of Alaska. The prisons of Peru and Chile. The plays of Shakespeare. A health club in Chicago. For those with eyes to see, traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places. Yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they've overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope.

In this enlightening book author Philip Yancey serves as an insightful tour guide for those willing to look beyond the obvious, pointing out glimpses of the eternal where few might think to look. Whether finding God among the newspaper headlines, within the church, or on the job, Yancey delves deeply into the commonplace and surfaces with rich spiritual insight.

Finding God in Unexpected Places takes readers from Ground Zero to the Horn of Africa, and each stop along the way reveals footprints of God, touches of his truth and grace that prompt readers to search deeper within their own lives for glimpses of transcendence.

About the Author

Philip Yancey has written twenty books with more than seven million copies in print, including such recent bestsellers as Reaching for the Invisible God, What’s So Amazing about Grace?, and The Jesus I Never Knew. His books have won a total of twelve Gold Medallion Awards. His articles have appeared in many magazines, including Reader’s Digest, Christianity Today, and The Saturday Evening Post. Because of his intelligent, articulate style, he has been compared to a modern-day C. S. Lewis. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Janet.

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  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK10W
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essays on God's presence in the world February 5, 1998
Format:Hardcover
This compendium of essays, mostly gathered from Philip Yancey's columns for CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine, come from the person whose works I enjoy reading more than any other living author. These essays are not the narrow minded platitudes of someone offering yet another book of hollow reflections. Yancey looks for the intimations of God's grace amidst our troubling human condition, finding it in many places others overlook, whether it be in Shakespeare, Vaclav Havel, the Soviet Union, a computer keyboard, or in the natural world. The essays are brief and amenable to quick review each day e.g. lunchtime, bedtime reading, or afternoon coffee break. These ruminations are also good material to be read in small groups. I unreservedly recommend this book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritually rewarding read. May 26, 1999
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Format:Paperback
When I read the first paragraph in the first chapter I turned to my wife and said"Oh, I'm going to like this book." I was wrong, I love this book. As a long time minister of the gospil, I was amazed that someone had put into words some of the very same thoughts and anxioties that I have experianced and then given me such a simple solution to the problems that I have encountered in my own spiritual walk. I kept reading words that were so uplifting that I found myself sharing these words of wisdom with my friends and family. I was inspired by his simple insight into so many of the "common" problems that we all face in our voyage thru this life and their solutions. There are so many wonderful quotes both from the secular world and the Bible that I found myself writing down the comments to be used in future sermons. This book is loaded with topics that will preach. I have recommended this book to numerous Christian and non-christian friends and co-workers. I believe that no matter what your present and/or past relationship with Christ is, when you read this book you will find yourself being inspired, uplifted spiritually, entertained and smiling. When I read chapter 23, Russia's Untold Story I set on my sofa and cried and at the same time I was ashamed for not having realized the truth and reality of the suffering of the Christians of that country. I told a friend of mine about this book and he said that the only book he needs to read is the Bible. It is by far the best and most important but if anyone fails to read this book they surely will miss one of God's true blessings. I think that the best part of this book is that it conveys wonderful spiritual truths without being "preachy". I will read more from Mr. Yancy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of essays April 10, 2001
Format:Paperback
First of all, I like the title of this book. So many people think that God is only present in church or at meetings where miraculous, supernatural things occur. Philip Yancey has found the presence of God in many places, from the squalor and oppression of Chilean prisons to the spiritual and moral neediness of post-Soviet Russia; from the wonders of nature to the basement from which he writes his books; from the writings of Shakespeare to the life of a little-known servant of God who lives to minister to the poor. Plus, his discussion of grace and forgiveness in chapters 34 and 35 is as good as I've read on some tough issues. Any book by Philip Yancey is not to be missed, and this collection is one I'll be going back to again and again.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BALANCED, INTELLIGENT CHRISTIANITY June 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Philip Yancey always reaches and resonants with a depth that touches both mind and heart. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves worthwhile reflections on responsive, genuine Christianity. This is one of those rare Christian authors who can be read through two and three times a year and never get stale. Fiveandahalfstars. Great job Philip. Keep it up.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice collection of essays April 1, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the hardest things about reading or reviewing a book is to accept it for what it is, rather than what it isn't. If you are looking for one of Yancey's highly focused theological/apologetic works, this isn't it. If you want one of the most insightful minds in the Christian community looking at the way God is at work in the world, this book is for you.

Largely culled from his back page essays at Christianity Today and revised for the post 9/11 reader, Yancey sees the unexpected places God is at work in the world. Perhaps most importantly for those of us in a pampered, consumer driven culture, he reminds us that grace is found in the hard work of being faithful when God isn't evident and when we are the counterculture. He sees large events such as 9/11, the Cold War and the fall of communism as more than political events, but places where God is doing some of His best work, because god's people are busy doing God's workl in those places.

I find Yancey to be most exciting as a writer when he is able to let his mind run free to find the unexpected insight. These columns are where I think he is at his best.

Highly recommend
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOD'S HABITATIONS December 11, 2000
Format:Paperback
Western Christianity, particularly in the United States finds itself in spiritual doldrums. Most people would affirm their belief in God but are not quite sure if God is still hanging around. Philip Yancey provides a wake up call for those who suffer from such spiritual malaise. As a Christian journalist, he has found God in places where we would never expect. God is very much in the world working through men and women in reconciling them to him and one another.
This wonderful collection of essays provide us with a close up view of God's presence in our world. They also deal with those issues which confront our faith and enables us to respond in a spiritual and intelligent manner to those who question us.Divided in six parts, Yancey shows us God without looking, in the workplace, in the headlines and yes even in the institution called the church. His work is inspiring and will make you take a second look at God in your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Interesting reading, and a good book to pass to a friend
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only one story I enjoyed
Published 2 months ago by Joyce West
2.0 out of 5 stars book displayed and book sent did not match in appearance .
The book cover sleeve was missing and the card board cover and the appearance did not match the book displayed .
Published 10 months ago by Karippelil E Mathew
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the ordinary
As always, Yancy challenges the reader to move beyond the safe, the comfortable. Teaching ourselves to look for God in the ordinary, in everyday occurrences, is not easy, but well... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile and grows your faith
This book is full of stories that catch your interest and broaden your understanding of experiences of people from very different places. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lynn T
4.0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected.
I am a Philip Yancey fan, not because I have met him, but because every book I have read of his makes you 'think', and this one is no different. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by Gary R. Patterson
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Published on January 23, 2013 by Valerie Putnam
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding God or God finding us?
Philip Yancey, as usual, arrives at the heart of the matter. God is not a bearded old man sitting forever in judgement of us poor mortals. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by nmbljbl
3.0 out of 5 stars A little hard to find the unexpected
It read like a compilation (which it is) of somewhat unrelated stories. The revised edition was an improvement. Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by B. Hepp
4.0 out of 5 stars Group Study
The Women of Faith group at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, Ohio is presently enjoying our study with this book. We meet weekly and cover three or four articles at a time. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by Cora Kerr
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More About the Author

I worked for 10 years as an Editor and then Publisher for Campus Life magazine. There I learned journalistic skills (there's no tougher audience than teenagers), but every year it seemed I wrote fewer and fewer words. In 1980 my wife Janet and I moved to downtown Chicago where I began a career as a freelance writer. (She has worked as a social worker and hospice chaplain--which gives me plenty of material to write about!) We lived there until 1992, when we moved to the foothills of Colorado. I've written around 20 books, most of them still in print, thankfully. Three of them I coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand, who influenced me more than any single person. My own favorites are "Soul Survivor" and "Reaching for the Invisible God" because both of them forced me to dig deep and get personal. I'm a pilgrim, still "in recovery" from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that interest me.

Please visit my website at www.philipyancey.com for more information, essays, events, travel notes, and a blog.

There is also an official Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/PhilipYancey?v=wall

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