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Rumours of Another World: What on Earth are We Missing? Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; International edition edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310255244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310255246
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What on earth are we missing? Philip Yancey believes we are missing the supernatural hidden in everyday life.

In Rumours of Another World, Yancey investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. He grapples with why God made the world and what our role truly is, and seeks to answer the question, "How do I live in the natural world while expressing the values of the supernatural?"

Philip writes, "I have come to understand faith as the highest form of integrated encounter. Faith puts together, assembles, re-orders, accepting the entire world as God’s handiwork. We live among clues, like rescuers sifting through pieces of stained glass shattered by a bomb, and only with a blueprint or some memory of original design can we begin to connect the shards, to assemble them into a pattern that makes sense of our world.

"Nature and supernature are not two separate worlds, but different expressions of the same reality. To encounter the world as a whole, we need a more supernatural awareness of the natural world."

Yancey invites readers to join him on a journey of discovery. He challenges us to tune into "rumours of another world," and connect the seen with the unseen. He promises that the grace-filled result will be a life of beauty, purpose, freedom, and faith.


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How to explain the unexplainable seems to be a speciality of Mr Yancey and 'Rumours' is, in my opinion no exception. His exploration as to why we might believe in the existence of a creator is both intelligent and compelling.
I would challenge everyone who has ever witnessed the miracle of new life in some way, found themselves engulfed by some amazing natural beauty, experienced an inexplicable act of compassion or kindness or simply wondered at their own emotions, not to have questioned whether it is all the result of some random explosion of gases or could there possibly be something more?
The book makes no apologies for being overtly Christian in its motivation, yet few Christians have the ability to be as open with their searchings, questionings and doubts whilst still affirming their faith in such an appealing way.
Thought provoking, challenging, yet equally unthreatening I believe this is a perfect read for Christian and non Christian alike.
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Have you ever had the feeling there is more to life than just what we experience with our senses? How can we make the mundane activities in life more meaningful, even sacred? Why is it that great philosophers, authors and scientists throughout history attest to the existence of a great Creator but our contempory society tries to live without this understanding?
Yancey presents an interesting and compelling account that a spiritual dimention to life exists but our modern high tech society makes it diffucult to see. Few of us haven't at some time considered a beautiful sunset, majestic mountains or the Milky Way and thought that there must be some unifying entity behind it all.
Learning that we are made for a purpose, the mundane can then take on sacred significance. When we know a spiritual realm exists and see it in our lives, we gain greater meaning and focus. Yancey presents his case in light of the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western Civilization. All in all, a good read.
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Rumours of Another World starts with the premise that you can't 'prove' the existence of God (and yes it is the Christian God we're talking about here)but the author believes there is plenty of compelling evidence. This evidence comes in the forms of beauty, grace and love but also of evil, guilt and sin. If you've read and enjoyed a book by Yancey before then the style is familiar and the content won't disappoint. He is honest about his own failings and doubts and you get the impression of someone genuinely searching for answers.
Yancey turns to familiar places and people for illustrations and support so Brand, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Nouwen, Vanier, CS Lewis and Martin Luther King all appearances, as do stories about grace, nature and walking in the wilderness.
Personally I wanted something newer from Yancey, it felt like a book I'd read before, same approach, same people, same honest style, slightly different subject but even so I still found his writing intelligent and easy to read. For fans and newcomers alike this is a good book, but for me to read his next book I'm hoping for something a little bit different.
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Philip Yancey is a brilliant author who knows how to craft his words, he also recognises the struggles we all face as we look out on a world which we're told repeatedly in today's culture has come from nowhere and is going nowhere.
In Rumours of Another World Philip takes us on a journey where we're brought face to face with the beauty and diversity of the creation we inhabit and are challanged to bow before the Creator.
If you're at all interested in the pursuit of truth and you're open to seeing the invisible behind or through the visible then I promise you won't regret delving into Yancey's latest thought provoking work.
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This book is a good case of what we face in the present age and for christians a description of the 2 worlds we live in. It is a encouraging book which calls for christians to be aware of temptations of this present age and to be watchful. Only by the Spirit can we overcome the temptations, so do not be fooled. We are called to be light in the world and for this cause we are challenged to look at our life style. So much have we compromised withe world that we don't appear any different from the world in divorce, adultery and lifestyle. Time to wake up and be in the world but not of the world. A challenging book for our times.
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Another good book by Philip Yancey, very interesting to read, although I think the title is a bit misleading but I enjoyed reading it.
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