Like many Christians, Philip Yancey has often felt kicked around, abused, and damaged by the institutional church. And like many Christians, he has found solace in reading about and getting to know some extraordinary individual believers. He profiles 13 of those believers in Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church
. "I became a writer, I now believe, to sort out words used and misused by the church of my youth," Yancey writes in the book's first chapter. That church of his youth, which described itself as "New Testament, Blood-bought, Born-again, Premillennial, Dispensational, Fundamental," Yancey now describes as a frightening place where racism and bigotry were regularly preached from the pulpit.
After graduating from Bible college, Yancey became a writer and chose to direct his attention to "people I could learn from, people I might want to emulate," such as C Everett Koop and Robert Coles. He also read widely and passionately--Leo Tolstoy, Martin Luther King Jr, GK Chesterton, and Annie Dillard, to name a few. Soul Survivor offers probing, honest profiles of individuals who have "helped restore to me the mislaid treasures of God." Yancey's many fans will be inspired, and the 13 profiles can serve as starting points to explore the lives and minds of the individuals who have inspired Yancey. -- Michael Joseph Gross
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Yancey writes well and his accounts of these outstanding people are a pleasure to read. If you are familiar with them you will enjoy being re-acquainted, if you are not, you will enjoy meeting them. (Church Review
Yancey's many fans will be inspired, and the 13 profiles can serve as starting points to explore the lives and minds of the individuals who have inspired Yancey. (www.amazon.co.uk
Brilliantly written, perhaps more for those with problems with Christianity than those whose faith has been strengthened by church life, but everyone will benefit (Christianity & Renewal