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What's So Amazing About Grace? [Download] ✤ What's So Amazing About Grace? Author Philip Yancey – Thomashillier.co.uk Original Cover Edition for ISBN In , an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty year old daughter beneath five feet of rubble Gordon alone survived And forgave He said of the bombers, I have lost original Cover Edition for ISBN In , an Amazing About PDF º IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty year old daughter beneath five feet of rubble Gordon alone survived And forgave He said of the bombers, I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them His words caught the media s ears What's So ePUB ½ and out of one man s grief, the world got a glimpse of grace Grace is the church s great distinctive It s the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world In What s So Amazing About Grace award winning author Philip Yancey explores So Amazing About Kindle Ö grace at street level If grace is God s love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy Yancey sets grace in the midst of life s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific ungrace Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner True grace is shocking, scandalous It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser It loves today s AIDS ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus day In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace s life changing power He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What s So Amazing About Grace.


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  1. Fergus Fergus says:

    CONVERSION FOR ME WAS NOT A DAMASCUS ROAD EXPERIENCE I SLOWLY MOVED TO AN INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT MY INTUITION HAD ALWAYS KNOWN Madeleine l EngleWhat s so amazing about grace really Well, for starters, it can pull you out of a desperately Heartless Void into a life of inner abundance and living love It can plant a seed that will grow enormously, give you rest and shelter, and nourish your parched soul FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE And that s saying a lot.The world is ugly Grace is n CONVERSION FOR ME WAS NOT A DAMASCUS ROAD EXPERIENCE I SLOWLY MOVED TO AN INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT MY INTUITION HAD ALWAYS KNOWN Madeleine l EngleWhat s so amazing about grace really Well, for starters, it can pull you out of a desperately Heartless Void into a life of inner abundance and living love It can plant a seed that will grow enormously, give you rest and shelter, and nourish your parched soul FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE And that s saying a lot.The world is ugly Grace is not The world ll try to finagle your last penny out of you Grace gives you inner riches.The world will insinuate, prevaricate and back you into an impossible corner But Grace will always free you from each and every trap.Remember how ancient Hercules raised an army in ancient times He sowed Dragon s Teeth in the ground the Greeks, like us, had a vivid imagination So, what he did, of course, was Plant these teeth in a fertile field like a crop of potatoes and by the end of that faraway mythical summer, a group of fully armed and steely plated warriors started to sprout So Hercules, capable and wily hero that he was, used them to get his revenge against the bad guys that were pestering him.Now, how that relates to us is if we play fast and loose in our social lives, our nemesis may carefully cultivate a battalion of armed warriors, by sowing the seeds of ill rumour, so we could reap the whirlwind Virtue is the best road.If we re not always on our street smart toes, as the semi divine Hercules was, the fates have a way of rising up in a massed battalion against our own personal but picayune dreams and values.And that s why there are so many broken, lonely people in our worldWhereas, a life lived straight, no chaser as Thelonius Monk played it and tried to live it yields an abundant harvest of good things in a twisted world.1977 was a threshold year for meIt was very good and very ugly, the way the world is ugly But first the good stuff I met my soon to be wife that year And, the ugly stuff is that I was promoted into a disheartened and greasy backwater of my employer s department.I was to look after property records That part was simple But the environment I worked in was a rest haven for cynical, infighting Lotus Eaters indolent and issuelessly amoral souls whose daily accomplishments primarily amounted to spreading the acrid taste of malicious stories Dragon s teeth.It was suffocating Its greasy tendrils threatened to choke me, as the snakes choked old Laocoon and his boys And it was every bit as dangerous to my positive outlook as one of those Greek Boas.But I endured it, for three long years Till, thank Heaven, I was promoted again.The new office upstairs was a regular beehive of activity It seemed like I was going from the frying pan to the fire but in reality I rather liked the pervading work ethic It was normal for a change.And then, I met Robert.Robert was a country boy, who couldn t stand working in a tight space in the midst of urban chaos and he soon quit his job, before three months were out But almost as soon as we met, he told me what pure, unvarnished Christianity meant to him in his heart He told me Grace is a free gift, and it would get me where I wanted to go God loves us.It was Sheer Serendipity I have never so much needed such a heartening message at any other time in my life I was just escaping from a shark infested swimming pool and I was mighty glad to be free And NOW there was peace in my life as well Because he told me the gospel taught love, in total freedom from the rigidity of the law.And THAT was how a serendipitous stranger sowed a seed that has never since stopped giving me Life.Yancey, of course, will tell you a little bit about the stuff Robert talked about back in those glorious Fall Days of 1980 But he s addressing a different audience.Yancey, you see, is addressing the Disenchanted, Disenfranchised, DE CHURCHED majority who live in the cities, towns, countryside and villages of our grubby little planet He tells them how a simple message of just a few words that can pull them FREE of the gloomy and perilous pit into which they ve fallen and can LIBERATE them forever from the slimy tentacles of the Dark Souls who thrive there upon hapless, fearful minds.He tells them of ordinary people like them and me who accomplished the Miraculous in unnoticed, though life affirming little ways even without a mainstream religion For they ve escaped from the Jaws of Despair They can LIVE again.What s so amazing about Grace Just that.For Yancey, it doesn t necessarily happen within the Stone Walls of a church.It happens right out in the Open Air of ordinary happenstance when we MOST need it, and LEAST expect it the day someone ALTERS YOUR LIFE.The same fateful way it happened to me when I met Robert, so many years ago


  2. Edward Waters Edward Waters says:

    STILL one of the best books I ve ever read, of ANY genre also one of the few I ve read as many as FIVE times so far , most recently aloud with my wife, who has long struggled with clinical depression and was deeply encouraged by this work.I ve been a Christian for some forty years and have found much religious writing unbearable, particularly that written over the past century with certain notable exceptions In an age glutted with so called Christian politics, posturing, and propagand STILL one of the best books I ve ever read, of ANY genre also one of the few I ve read as many as FIVE times so far , most recently aloud with my wife, who has long struggled with clinical depression and was deeply encouraged by this work.I ve been a Christian for some forty years and have found much religious writing unbearable, particularly that written over the past century with certain notable exceptions In an age glutted with so called Christian politics, posturing, and propaganda, Yancey looks around with compassionate eyes and quietly, gently, just tells stories one after another after another He draws on his life and travels, on his reading, on his not always kind reader responses, on his many conversations with both the famous and the decidedly not, and on history recent or remote What we SEE through his eyes is the healing grace through which God takes the world into His arms not the self righteous and arrogant, but those weighed down with pain and struggle, shame and regret, weariness and disappointment a world of deep longing and near despair.This is not a book of doctrine in the way that word is so often used, but one of hope and consolation There can be very few, whatever their experience or persuasion, who read these pages and are not in some measure moved, comforted, and inspired Grace indeed emerges as what Yancey calls the last best word for us all


  3. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    Few books reveal the core of what the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ is in its frightening, glorious, unparalled nature Yancey comes very close to doing so in using an array of diverse, complex, beautiful, and amazing stories to illustrate the true grace of the gospel These stories aren t cheesy, long winded, and annoying as many Christian books succumb to when authors seek to illustrate spiritual Christian concepts through stories but are transparent, beautiful, sometimes shocking, and Few books reveal the core of what the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ is in its frightening, glorious, unparalled nature Yancey comes very close to doing so in using an array of diverse, complex, beautiful, and amazing stories to illustrate the true grace of the gospel These stories aren t cheesy, long winded, and annoying as many Christian books succumb to when authors seek to illustrate spiritual Christian concepts through stories but are transparent, beautiful, sometimes shocking, and unbelievable stories of grace The stories, also, don t all possess one recurring theme concerning grace, but show a great diversity in illustating the multi faceted, complex nature of all that the grace of God in Jesus Christ is Read Yancey and this book he really understands grace and is one of the few clever, creative, gifted Christian authors today


  4. Glen Glen says:

    As I remember, he never fully resolves the issue reason for writing the book.


  5. Marie Marie says:

    Yancey is thorough in his examples of grace He uses his own life experiences, everything from being part of a racist church as a child to interviewing President Clinton to dissect grace Yancey is clear, grace is the true message of Jesus and today s Christians as a whole are not doing a great job of relaying this message Grace is the idea that God loves us all of us no matter what no one has to earn God s love Yancey presents many ways in which the world needs grace His argument is power Yancey is thorough in his examples of grace He uses his own life experiences, everything from being part of a racist church as a child to interviewing President Clinton to dissect grace Yancey is clear, grace is the true message of Jesus and today s Christians as a whole are not doing a great job of relaying this message Grace is the idea that God loves us all of us no matter what no one has to earn God s love Yancey presents many ways in which the world needs grace His argument is powerful and thought provoking


  6. Chris McGrath Chris McGrath says:

    This book contains a good exploration of the concept of grace, not from a heavy theological perspective but a simpler, practical one, by presenting many modern examples of grace in action along side Biblical references Some of these were very compelling to me and some fell kind of flat for me, just based on the kinds of stories that interest me But overall I enjoyed the book and was inspired by it I would not say it contains anything groundbreaking for someone not new to Christianity, but jus This book contains a good exploration of the concept of grace, not from a heavy theological perspective but a simpler, practical one, by presenting many modern examples of grace in action along side Biblical references Some of these were very compelling to me and some fell kind of flat for me, just based on the kinds of stories that interest me But overall I enjoyed the book and was inspired by it I would not say it contains anything groundbreaking for someone not new to Christianity, but just plenty of good reminders of how grace and love for God and our fellow man should look, and what they mean for us and for those we share these things with I was probably most struck by his description at the very end of the book of what AA meetings are like, compared to the average church gathering at church we often put on a good face and keep our dark side to ourselves, whereas you only walk into AA because you admit your life is a mess and you need help This strikes me as how the church is meant to be, nobody faking it, and everybody receiving grace because we are all sympathetic to each other s struggles


  7. Tom Brennan Tom Brennan says:

    A review of this book from my blog series on graceIn my discussion earlier in this series of Paul s seminal statement, Ye are not under the law, but under grace I mentioned Philip Yancey s influential book, What s So Amazing About Grace I alluded to the fact that it, along with a few other original works and a whole bunch of copycats, have twisted much of American Christianity s concept of grace into something wholly unrecognizable to our forefathers In so saying, I am not overstating its A review of this book from my blog series on graceIn my discussion earlier in this series of Paul s seminal statement, Ye are not under the law, but under grace I mentioned Philip Yancey s influential book, What s So Amazing About Grace I alluded to the fact that it, along with a few other original works and a whole bunch of copycats, have twisted much of American Christianity s concept of grace into something wholly unrecognizable to our forefathers In so saying, I am not overstating its influence For example, it is praised by religious leaders as diverse as Larry Crabb, Brennan Manning no surprise there , J I Packer, Jill Briscoe, Jim Wallis, Gordon MacDonald, Charles Colson, and the Irish rocker Bono Tony Campolo said, There are huge amounts of sermon material here No surprise there either Robert Seiple said, This is beyond a doubt the very best book I have read from a Christian author in my life Robert Jeffress said that it did a valuable service by rescuing the doctrine of grace from the legalists It was awarded Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in 1998, and in 2006 was named as the seventeenth most influential book on Christianity Today s list of works that have shaped evangelicalism the most Never mind the dizzying array of contradictory theological positions held by those listed in this paragraph, and how ashamed I would be if all of them praised any work of mine, let us simply agree that sellingthan 15 million copies of any religious book in ten years, as this book did, qualifies as influential If it is so praised why do I assert that it is awful Let us start with the fact that for a book that purports to bring us back to a scriptural view of grace there is an appalling paucity of Scripture in it Yancey unabashedly emphasizes this in his own introduction I have just read a thirteen page treatise on grace in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, which has cured me of any desire to dissect grace and display its innards I do not want the thing to die For this reason, I will relyon stories than syllogisms In sum, I would far rather display grace than explain it In choosing this course Yancey does two things First, he makes his book muchreadable and thus popular Second, and farimportantly, he writes a book almost entirely untethered from the Word of God Yancey does an emotionally entertaining job of telling us what he wants grace to be, and a spiritually wretched job of telling us what God said grace actually is and does It takes him forty two pages to quote the first Bible verse In the entirety of the book he never takes a verse, let alone a passage, and systematically explores its words, context, and flow of thought to tell us what God says about grace Needless to say, he does not examine contrasting thoughts either He examines nothing and reveals less of God s Word on the subject.Curiously enough, while studiously avoiding the Scriptures, he manages to favorably quote any number of theologically sketchy characters Roman Catholic theologians such as Romano Guardini and Brennan Manning Check Mystics such as John of the Cross and Bernard Check Intellectuals such as Mark Twain and Anthony Hecht Check Neo orthodox Europeans such as Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer Check To add insult to injury, he purposely chooses to use both Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa as wonderful examples of grace The previous paragraph does not mark Yancey as wicked It does, however, mark him as severely lacking in discernment and seriously doctrinally deficient Why conservative Christians let alone independent Baptists would look to such a man to explain and expound the Word of God is a mystery to me If his book does not come from Scripture where does it come from I believe it was birthed out of a reaction to his own conservative fundamentalist Southern upbringing He mentions it often in the book and makes no bones that he found his home church experience wretched In some sense Yancey is right to be appalled The deacons of his home church patrolled the entrances to ensure no African Americans made their way in But in reacting against error Yancey makes the same mistake I have seen numerous acquaintances of mine make he throws the baby out with the bathwater At a dead run, he heads from the ditch of a harsh, racist religious upbringing to the ditch of license on the other side of the road In the process he is highly critical of rules of any kind, and especially those of his youth forbidding rock music, alcohol, short skirts, and long hair Those are, in his words, pettiness , signs of a religion with no grace Do you begin to see his influence The problem with Yancey, however, is much worse than that, much worse It is not just about where Yancey was when he wrote the book, and how your friends use its arguments to overthrow their own long held beliefs, it is evenabout where Yancey s concept of grace leads, about what it produces years down the road For example, the church here in Chicago where he served as an assistant so long believes nothing, is against nothing but taking a stand But evenegregiously, Yancey s embrace of grace toward homosexuality is revelatory indeed In the book, now twenty years old, he unabashedly promotes the homosexual Mel White as a wonderful example of Christian grace and love vs the evil, intolerant Christians who insist on shouting about doctrine An emphasis on doctrine is hatred while Mel, on the other hand, evidences a graceful spirit Yancey likens preaching against homosexuality to the preaching against social drinking he heard in his youth, preaching that he clearly views as petty, legalistic, and beneath the spirit of Christ.Remember, though, it is not just about where Yancey is when he writes this book, though that is bad enough It is about where his concept of grace is going, and where it is going to take you On his own website today on a page discussing his views of homosexuality he gives us these little gems In my relationship with Mel White, I have to remind myself that it s not my job to present the absolutely proper, balanced viewpoint of the church Somehow, after reading his book, I do not think Yancey even balances his checkbook But I digress Or there is this I intentionally don t take sides on this issue And this I feel no need to represent a balanced viewpoint myself So I don t take an official position I simply try to love the gay individuals I know and bring a little grace and mercy to a church that puts this particular sin if indeed it is that in a special category And this When it gets to particular matters of policy, like ordaining gay and lesbian minsters, I m confused, like a lot of people I could go on in the same vein but I risk you thinking this blog post is about homosexuality It is not It is about where the wrong view of grace leads It leads to repentance eliminated in favor of tolerance and forgiveness cheapened into permission In a word, it leads to grace no longer being grace but rather being acceptance Yancey can deny it all he wants, and your now contemporary used to be fundamentalist friends can do the same Their denials fade to the echoes of a whisper when confronted with their actions What you believe changes how you live, and what you read changes what you believe You might want to think long and hard about that before ingesting what passes for classic discussions of grace in our day No matter how many copies the guy has sold or how many famous religious leaders recommend it


  8. Dani Dani says:

    This book has honestly changed my perspective on Christianity, religion, politics and my own relationship with Jesus All too often Christians are viewed as being critical, judgmental, unforgiving, harsh, condemning and downright mean Yet everything in Jesus life showcased grace If I am supposed to be living as an example of Christ to the rest of the world, why do I so often miss the boat when it comes to grace There were very few instances in the Bible that Jesus responded to situations the This book has honestly changed my perspective on Christianity, religion, politics and my own relationship with Jesus All too often Christians are viewed as being critical, judgmental, unforgiving, harsh, condemning and downright mean Yet everything in Jesus life showcased grace If I am supposed to be living as an example of Christ to the rest of the world, why do I so often miss the boat when it comes to grace There were very few instances in the Bible that Jesus responded to situations the way we would, or think he should have He lived with, ate with, communicated with, loved, healed, forgave those people that no one else wanted to be around In Mark 2 17 Jesus said It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners More often than not, as Christians, we get so wrapped up in legalism, the rules of Christianity, that we miss the point that Phillip Yancey so wonderful, and beautifully brought to light There is nothing we can do to make God love us less, and there is nothing we can do to make God love usNow as Christians we have to start showing the rest of the world that fact If you get nothing else out of this book I hope you get that God loves youthan you can even imagine No matter what you have done in the past, no matter what you are doing now and no matter what you will do in the future, God still loves you He is waiting for you to come to him and ask him to forgive you It s as simple as that The rules that we have to follow don t seem so daunting when you re following them because you love, trust and respect the person who is asking you to do, or not do, something Christianity is a relationship, not a dictatorship


  9. Lynai Lynai says:

    Amazing Grace is amazing More thoughts soon UPDATE Also posted in It s A Wonderful Bookworld.Except for work related readings, I rarely read non fiction books, and if I indeed find myself reading one, it would always be Christian literature The first time I encountered Philip Yancey was through his book, Disappointment with God, and it was during one of the tumultuous moments of my life That book did not answer the questions I had that time, but it made me feel that I was not alone in m Amazing Grace is amazing More thoughts soon UPDATE Also posted in It s A Wonderful Bookworld.Except for work related readings, I rarely read non fiction books, and if I indeed find myself reading one, it would always be Christian literature The first time I encountered Philip Yancey was through his book, Disappointment with God, and it was during one of the tumultuous moments of my life That book did not answer the questions I had that time, but it made me feel that I was not alone in my struggles And that was what I actually needed that time Fast forward to this year, the year that I declared to be a year of grace And what book to better start this grace journey than another Philip Yancey What s So Amazing About Gracewas a truly satisfying read I was in awe amazed with every chapter that I got to finish I relished each page, each paragraph, and I always found myself if not nodding with agreement, then staring blankly for a few moments, trying to digest the truths that I was presented with Indeed, grace is a word most often used but most often misunderstood I truly learned a lot and I was confronted by my own self righteousness and hypocrisy The good thing about this book, about grace, in fact, was that it talked about forgiveness one thing that I badly needed.What made reading this book easy were the references to the parables in the Bible and the real life experiences of the author Most of all, I enjoyed reading about the references to other books Babette s Feast by Isak Dinesen, for instance, was used to illustrate a point, and although I had been somewhat spoiled about the story, I still added it to my to be read stack Philip Yancey is a reader and isn t that awesome This book is truly a gem I had the most wonderful reading experience with What s So Amazing About GraceIt gave me a new perspective grace filled eyes, I d like to think and gave me an opportunity to intimately know my Creator and His character The scandalous mathematics of grace both scandalized and challenged me, and motivated me to love , give , care , understand , and forgive , because God has loved me , given me , cared for me , understood me , forgiven me .I highly recommend this book to all Because whether we want it or not, whether we re aware of it or not, we all need grace The world needs grace


  10. Josh Crews Josh Crews says:

    I got the visual edition of this book from Stephie right after I became a Christian in South Africa Later I read the full edition So I got to dwell by myself in Africa with a Bible, this book, and an RC Sproul book.The visual pages of What s So Amazing About Grace unfolded as amazing news Is this really true God has pardoned dirty criminals through the death of his Son It s free No pre requisites It s just by grace My death sentence for hating God has been paid for by another whi I got the visual edition of this book from Stephie right after I became a Christian in South Africa Later I read the full edition So I got to dwell by myself in Africa with a Bible, this book, and an RC Sproul book.The visual pages of What s So Amazing About Grace unfolded as amazing news Is this really true God has pardoned dirty criminals through the death of his Son It s free No pre requisites It s just by grace My death sentence for hating God has been paid for by another while I was still hating him What the book does well is captures the aroma of Grace through stories of grace mixed in with bible teaching.While Philip Yancey isn t a Calvinist, this book strongly affected my theology towards Calvinism on the issue of undeserved grace undeserved grace is redundant, all grace is by definition undeserved


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