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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.
Excellent!! Yancey's insight into grace, his own, as well as insights from a wide spectrum of others, provokes one to seriously examine and question their own beliefs and behavior.Published 3 days ago by Bron McCall
can pretty much assume anything by Philip Yancey is going to be good!.Published 5 days ago by picky consumer
Inspirational, insightful, relevant, useful, and compelling. He expounds on a subject (grace) that has been misused and misunderstood for too long. Read morePublished 12 days ago by A Fan
I learned more about the word 'grace' and its potential positive impact than I ever imagined. Thank goodness I came across this book--it opened a whole new thought process and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Integrity in Reviews
Excellent reading, Philip Yancey asks the questions you haven't dared to ask, and helps show us all that the world could do with a little more grace. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Anton
Very eye-opening to how I treat the less fortunate. Loaded with deep thought provoking stories. Great author. Wow wow grace needs to be amazingly extended to ALLPublished 14 days ago by Carla M Fossum