- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook (October 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578568188
- ISBN-13: 978-1578568185
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church Paperback – October 21, 2003
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"I love, and am grateful for, every marvelous book Mr. Yancey writes."
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Philip Yancey, one of America's leading Christian thinkers and author of more than a dozen books with sales of more than five million copies, returns for his most profound and soul-searching books yet. "Soul Survivor is the story of his own struggle to reclaim his belief, interwoven with inspiring portraits of notable people from all walks of life who have succeeded in the pursuit of an authentic faith.
"I became a writer, I now believe, to sort out and reclaim words used and misused by the Christians of my youth," says Philip Yancey, whose explorations of Christian faith have made him a guide for millions of readers. In "Soul Survivor, he charts his spiritual pilgrimage through the influence of key individuals: "These are the people who ushered me into the Kingdom. In many ways, they are why I remain a Christian today, and I want to introduce them to other spiritual seekers."
Yancey interweaves his own journey with fascinating stories of those who modeled for him a life-enhancing rather than a life-constricting faith: Dr. Paul Brand, G. K. Chesterton, Annie Dillard, Frederick Buechner, C. Everett Koop, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henri Nouwen, John Donne, Mahatma Gandi, Shusaku Endo, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert COles.
Readers will find these inspiring portraits both nurture and challenge for their own understanding of authentic faith. Yancey fans will devour these new glimpses of how he has held onto faith while acknowledging with utter honesty its inherent difficulties. New Yancey readers will be drawn in by the theme of faith versus religion and drawn along a compelling narrative of signposts on a spiritual journey.
"Soul Survivor offers illuminating andcritically important insights into true Christianity, which will enrich the lives of veteran believers and cautious seekers alike.
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Phillip Yancey is one of the few Evangelicals that I read consistently.
He is solidly evangelical, yet has breadth, illustrated in his treatment of Gandhi in Soul Survivor and his treatment of Annie Dillard.
I am intrigued by Yancey's self-revelation that in conservative circles he is the most liberal one and in liberal circles he is the most conservative one.
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide)
A highlight of this work is the fact that Yancey brings these people together in a way that has a common thread that is easy to follow: people who were not afraid to experience God in their own way.
Yancey stirs me to always think outside the box in whatever career I end up in. Churches should never become stagnant, and Yancey's writing demands that I never become stagnant in my own faith, and provides people to look at, and be inspired by, who made a difference in this world.
I thank Yancey for another great work.
Phil was a product of a somewhat devastating religious sub-culture, but by God's grace, survived to discover God's grace.
And has become a wonderful guide through the weeds and brush to the truth. Everyone considering this purchase knows others [probably too many others] who have similarly been injured.
Buys these in quantity and share them freely--you may have the joy of 'setting the captives free'-and helping them truly meet the welcoming embrace of the Jesus that the 'Gospel' was meant to lead them to. That IS WHY it was first called GOOD NEWS.
I have always appreciated Philip Yancey's ability to look at a subject more critically, with more of an open mind. I have come away with a deeper understanding, insights that give just a small slant to my journey that, I believe, kept me from heading off into a side eddy, out of the flow of grace. And, I have added some of his heroes to my list of heroes.