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Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization Hardcover – June 2, 2016

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"The prolific Os Guinness, always with his finger on the pulse of our Western societies, considers the current state of our civilization, its fraying at the edges now more deeply tearing toward the center, and how Christians can and must be salt and light in this newly loosed menagerie. . . . Guinness lays out why we must enter this fray with the right tools, and also provides insight on how to use them." (Christian Renewal, August 24, 2016)

"His comprehensive grasp of history, philosophy, science, culture, and religion will give serious thinkers many hours of reflection. Guinness recommends solutions and he challenges believers to courageous action in defense of Christianity." (John Bernstein, Christian Market, August 2016)

"With his unique blend of incisive clarity and prophetic vision, Os Guinness has written a book that will challenge, encourage, and awaken us to live wholeheartedly for Christ in this 'grand clarifying moment.' I recommend Impossible People as a book for such a time as this." (Amy Orr-Ewing, director, The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics)

"Every time I sit down to read the prophetic words of Os Guinness, I feel my spine strengthen and my mind perk up. His clear writing and earned wisdom bring both courage and uncertainty; for while we can't predict where our culture will head, we can rely on the truth that guides and emboldens every generation to meet the moment for which we've been called." (Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, author of Good Faith)

"Os Guinness is a prophet. Hear him." (Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy)

"This remarkable book helps us to clearly see how Western modernity is trying to replace Christian faith with a progressive secularism. It is a timely wake-up call for the church to stand firm against this fatal challenge. I urge every Christian leader to read it." (Mouneer Anis, primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East)

"I read everything Os Guinness writes because he always challenges my thinking and enlarges my perspective. Impossible People may be his most important work. Read it, then buy five copies for friends and discuss it together. The message is that important. This could be the most important book you read this year." (Rick Warren, pastor, Saddleback Church, author of The Purpose Driven Life)

In his trademark fashion, Os Guinness takes on the biggest themes of the modern world, turns them on the church and its gospel, and challenges the church to be faithful, courageous and unflinching." (Scot McKnight, 14th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year, March/April 2017)

About the Author

Os Guinness (DPhil, Oxford) is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Renaissance, The Global Public Square, A Free People's Suicide and Fool's Talk. He is a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he has addressed audiences across the world. He lives near Washington, DC.

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  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Hardcover : 239 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0830844651
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0830844654
  • Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Publisher : IVP Books (June 2, 2016)
  • Language: : English
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