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  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (18 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273622
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,519 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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This book will touch everyone at the core of their soul.
Philip says it best when he describes "grace" as the one unique word that distinguishes authentic Christianity throughout the ages. It's what I need every day; it's likely what you desire every day. Philip's book will prod us all to receive grace and dispense it. The results will surprise and delight us. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In 1987, 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 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 -- 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 this curriculum based on What's So Amazing About Grace? award-winning author Philip Yancey explores 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 more 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 encourages groups of all sizes to discuss ways to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What's So Amazing About Grace?

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By nickturnbull@lineone.net on 15 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer. It's the feeling of being uncared for or unwanted, of being deserted and alone". ( Mother Theresa). This is exactly what author Phillip Yancey knows only too well, and thus addresses the issue head on. Throughout the book, he paints a picture of 'Grace on Tap' for those who feel guilty, lonely, forsaken, useless and failures. At the very centre of this art piece stands a God who does the illogical for those who have never experienced such love, and there is a clear challenge for those who claim to be followers of this God, to join Him in this cause.
This is an honest look at life, at our religious institutions, our relationships and our prejudices. It is a book that has brought hope to thousands that there is a cure for this great 'disease'. Read the stories, feel the heart ache, sense the love, and be inspired!
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Richard Atkinson on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
As my review title suggests I had this book sitting on my shelf for ages. I had heard people rave about it, but that really put me of reading it because so often I am dissapointed by the quality and content of books that become "popular" amongst christians. I tend to find ( feel free to disagree ) that what appeals is the lowest common denominator.
However this is different.
Yancy tackles the issue of how we are to respond to others in the light of the way that God responds to us in a way which is both theologically deep and totally practical, encouraging us to see others through the eyes of a God who has forgiven us without demand.
It is a great book, and I challenge anyone to read it and not be changed in the way they think of being gracious towards others in the light of how God has been gracious towards them.
Enjoy
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I just finished "What's so Amazing about Grace?" last night. I've contacted three people so far to suggest this book. As I've heard one minister say, "This may be the best book of the decade, if not the best in the last 50 years." For so long, as a christian, I have struggled with these issues of how little the "christian" community (including myself at times) as a whole demonstrates the Good News. I've have also struggled with calling myself "christian" for what it implies to so many people-- due to much of the "ungrace" demonstrated by many christians and churches. This book tells me I'm not crazing. EVERY christian should read this book, EVERY, especially those involved in church leadership! I believe Phillip Yancey challenges the "church", much like Jesus Christ challenged the people of his time to love, and love boldly. It's refreshing to know that people who may have been wounded by the church, just may be healed after reading this book-- quite possibly that may be everyone in some capacity. Upon finishing the book and wiping the tears from my eyes, all I could think was, "RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON,RIGHT ON! OUTSTANDING!!!"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
How can I add anything to all the rave reviews of this book? Why does everyone love it so much? Two reasons: the fact of God's grace and the fact that Yancey conveys that grace in a well-written book that is moving and touching. Yancey -- praise the Lord! -- is one conservative Christian who understands that Christianity is about God's love and forgiveness and not about a wrathful, rule-enforcing God who forgives grudgingly. And Yancey has a way of conveying this message with art and feeling. I have already bought multiple copies of this book to give to friends. I consider it a must-read for anyone looking for God's love.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sara_m_k@hotmail.com on 26 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
The word "grace" is used and missused most of time without a proper undestanding. Churches preach about it, believers us it, referring to God, but most of the time the proper and shocking understanding of the GRACE will be missing. Reading this book you will find yourself re-evaluating your understanding about God, you will find your faith measured, but most of all, you will feel that God's grace is really a precious gift for you and for the whole world.
God bless you and enrich your life through this wonderfully unusual book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 1997
Format: Hardcover
When asked what was totally unique to Christianity, the great C.S. Lewis once responded, "Oh, that's easy. It's grace."
But what exactly is grace? Read this book and find out. Mr. Yancey brilliantly explains grace in terms anyone can understand. This book opened my eyes, my heart, and made me weep for joy and for sorrow--for all of us who miss the greatest gift ever given to mankind.
Grace is a gift--can't be bought, won, or stolen. It is total goodness and love given to those who deserve it, not at all. To all who failed to understand the parable of the Prodigal Son--or sided with the older brother who had not left home to find ruin--this book illuminates the seed core of what it means to call yourself a Christian. But read it at your peril--you may find a truth about yourself, that you may not want to face.
I have a hard cover of this book--and fully intend to buy a case when it's published as a paperback, and give it to everyone I know!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By johngoodridge@callnetuk.com on 26 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
The concept of Grace is making a comeback. The worlds biggest selling secular rock band, U2 wrote a song on their last album called "Grace" which closed with the line "Grace makes beauty out of ugly things." After the deaths of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana interest in their lives has remained, more or less, constant. The principal attraction is the grace they embodied toward the oppressed in their tireless work under difficult circumstances.
So why then hasn't the church had more to say about Grace? Do we really know what it is? God's love for us, without ceasing, fully aware of our legion moral failings is after all a uniquely Christian concept. Philip Yancey is concerned with Grace because he is convinced it is the greatest gift the church can give to the world. It is what should make Christians different. Grace does not count the number of professions of faith on a Sunday. Grace does not even pretend superiority over gays, those who cheat on their partners, addicts of any sort, the foul mouthed, those who look, speak, or think differently from us. Grace does not classify people by their ethical correctness. Grace loves. Grace isn't earnt, it is given freely, without favour or condasencion. Yancey's approach to this is to show Grace through stories rather than make a scientific study. This keeps the subject alive, because Grace, above all other subjects is an attitude to be adopted toward another, and not a choice to be made between expressing or witholding an ethical right or wrong. At it's apex, Grace is the matrix in which an ethical opinion must be expressed if it is to be a reflection of God's attitude. Ethics would stone the adulterous woman, Grace saves her from the death then tells her to stop doing it. This is the point; this is what God does for us.
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