Rumours of Another World: What on Earth are We Missing? Hardcover – 1 Sep 2003
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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 Gods 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Faith booster. Written from the heart, to the heart. The signs of God and eternity are everywhere if only we look.Published 20 months ago by S. Peake
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, book arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.Published on 30 April 2014 by Alma Abbs
This book is a complete crock. It purports to be a consideration of the uncertainties of existence and our intimations of what lies behind and is bound up in our universe but is... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2011 by Joyeuse
Those who know Philip Yancey expect a high standard of non-theological "theology". This book is no exeption. Buy it and read it. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2011 by FBPriest