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Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church Paperback – 21 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (21 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340786019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340786017
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,825,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of CBC Book of the Year 2007 - PRAYER - Philip Yancey is one of the most popular and acclaimed religious writers of our day. His searching and refreshingly honest books, which include FINDING GOD IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, SOUL SURVIVOR and PRAYER have encouraged and inspired millions of people around the world.
With a background in journalism, Philip admits that he prefers to ask the questions instead of answer them. This has led him through a path of re-discovering his faith and sharing that, publicly through his writing, in some of the most heart-felt and tried ways imaginable. A true wordsmith, a curator of language, Philip tackles difficult issues with an approach of 'this is what I've wrestled with and how I got through it so perhaps you might find it helpful too' makes his reading incredibly engaging.
Philip admits that he lost his faith in a racist church and made a living out of being a doubter and sceptic. After he came back to his faith, he wrote books about his journey by 'circling the edges' of common issues and eventually moving on to topics like Jesus, grace and most recently prayer. Billy Graham has said that there is no one in the evangelical world whom he admires more.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tpgraham@ukonline.co.uk on 3 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is Yancey at his best, honest, inspiring, and moving. Once again he is not afraid to challenge the church and expose the muck that is in the christians life, through the lives and mistakes of himself and others.(Henri Nouwen, Martin Luther King, Gahandi to name a few) This book changed my thinking, motivated me as a christian, and brought me closer to God.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Broadbent on 14 Dec. 2001
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I didn't get into WSAAG because I felt it too lightweight and had read into the subject quite a bit. But I enjoy this a lot. Don't be mislead by the title it's not about the damage done by the church but much more on how the damage was undone by various writers and figures. I found it very inspiring mainly because I hadn't heard of many of the characters yet they turned out to be some of the best. It is a very broad book in terms of the subjects covered. Good insight into a writers life and the wonderful living out of christianity in terms of personal evangelism. just beware-quite a few long words!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Soul Survivor is, in a sense, Philip Yancey's spiritual autobiography in which he reveals the struggles he has had, growing up in a Christian environment, to retain his faith in a church which, in his words "has distorted . . . [God's] message on many occasions, damaging lives and confusing countless people in the process." It is interesting to learn something of the thirteen remarkable people who have helped shape Yancey's spiritual journey, but the book is really aimed at those who have experienced similar pain and confusion at the hands of an often legalistic and judgemental church. Happily I am not such a person and so found little here for myself; certainly the book is not to be recommended as a universal read for all Christians, unlike his classics, "The Jesus I Never Knew" and "What's So Amazing About Grace." But Yancey, as ever, writes well, and I'm sure many people will identify with his story and find comfort and hope for their own wounds.
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Soul Survivor 16 Nov. 2013
By Cher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is interesting, east to read, and thought provoking. I found myself doing additional research and reading about many of the people Philip Yancey writes about.
A Must Read - Reading it again 25 Aug. 2014
By Donna Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabulous book. Highly recommend to everyone. Help for anyone who has been hurt or deceived by the church. Inspiration for finding balance, truth, and healing from judgements and pressures of the church.
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