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The grace of which Philip Yancey writes is the freely given and unmerited favor and love of God. This grace seems a remote, almost sentimental concept, without a place in our lives or our society. It is a vague, slippery thing to us, probably because we seem to experience grace so rarely and have managed to leech the word of meaning. But Philip Yancey has set about to rescue grace in his book What's So Amazing About Grace?
This grace is the true message of Jesus. All faiths have virtues and creeds and justice and truth, but Jesus speaks merely of receiving the love that God has for us. Accepting it, not earning it or making ourselves worthy of it. And frankly, accepting something we have not earned or are not worthy of is not an easy thing for most of us.
In truth, grace is both utterly simple and utterly confounding. Little by little, Yancey guides us into a clearer understanding of grace by using stories, in much the same way Jesus did. We read stories of both grace and ungrace at work in people's lives. Sadly, it is stories of ungrace that are more prevalent today, the current culture wars painful acknowledgments of ungrace in our lives as Christians in this country. Yancey helps us understand that ungrace is that state of being in which self-righteousness and pride are a result of thinking that we have somehow earned God's approval and may now stand in judgment in his behalf.
Philip Yancey was awarded the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award for this book in 1998 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Readers concurred with this decision, making this book an immediate bestseller. Believers and nonbelievers alike should accept Yancey's challenge to become agents of grace rather than agents of vengeance or judgment or anger. In truth, we are each starving for grace, ready to grasp it tightly. And it is through grace that all other hungers--for justice, for righteousness, for love--are satisfied. Yancey opens his book by telling us that "grace" is the last best word, and in What's So Amazing About Grace?, he proves that he's right. --Patricia Klein
I thought this book would be more focused on God's grace which is the real power of the Gospel to transform a life.Published 18 hours ago by Goodldc
Very important book about Grace. Many people have read this book by now, and you can see the results all around the world. More people are accepting "different" people. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Carol Hood
Amazing grace. Good reminder for Christians and good news for non Christians. May I dispense such grace as Christ doesPublished 7 days ago by susie
Grace is so often used as a cliché. This book defines grace so eloquently. It is truly amazing.Published 11 days ago by William S Elliott
i would like to elucidate on that point that grace from God is not cheap. We receive grace & forgiveness in abundance from God & Jesus because they paid the price for humankind's... Read morePublished 13 days ago by john kennedy
Would recommend everyone read this book...tackles the difficult questions about grace and forgiveness... Read morePublished 19 days ago by B. Barham