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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Well written, thought provoking, book with many clearly articulated examples of forgiveness. Forgiveness, though difficult, has many benefits for the individual and society. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brian Nelson
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I loved mainly the first chapters about Grace and Forgiveness. It gave me a depth and clear vision about Grace.Published 13 days ago by Julison
This is a book that I read and give again and again. Phillip Yancey shows us what it means to extend grace to others. I love this author and this is my favorite book by him. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Junia Babylon
This book really showed me some new perspectives in grace. Drew me closer to my Lord and helped enrich my faith.Published 25 days ago by Katherine
This little book just says it all...God simply forgives...Grace, love and faith are the three most important words in the Bible..Published 25 days ago by BJ's Mailbox
Really great! A whole new way to think about God's forgiveness in Christ.Published 26 days ago by Steve Anson