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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  931 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Mysterious, intricate, pulsing with energy...The human body is an endlessly fascinating repository of secrets. The miracle of the skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles . . .your physical being is knit according to a pattern of incredible purpose. In Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and best-selling ...more
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Published October 5th 1987 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1980)
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Angela Blount
Dec 04, 2013 Angela Blount rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
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I found the very first quote borrowed for this book was more than fitting:
"Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering." -- Saint Augustine

Those with any sort of biology or medical background will particularly appreciate this book, though laymen needn't be the least bit intimidated.

Filled with poignant medic
Fascinating book about the human body and its intricacies as a metaphor for the Body of Christ. The author was a doctor in India who cared for leprosy patients.
Dottie Parish
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is an amazing book. Paul Brand, a missionary doctor who worked with people with leprosy offers the reader astonishing insights into how the body works. He and his coauthor Philip Yancey explain very intricate processes in terms laymen can understand. The book includes chapters on the human body’s cells, bones, skin and motion. In connection with this Brand offers gripping and heart warming stories about his experiences as a mission doctor. On top of this Brand and ...more
A child's wonder will lead him to question everything, from the simplest to the most complex. And what is more complex yet so easily available as the human body?

The human body (as any medical student will tell you), is dazzlingly complicated, often logic-defying. Structure is often adapted seamlessly to function, and where it doesn't, there is usually an interesting story to tell.

Seen from the eyes of a missionary doctor, the human body takes on an almost anthromorphised role as he compares its
I've been reading this in small doses for a long time, because there's so much depth and wisdom here. This particular edition (which I read on my Kindle) was actually a special edition combining two of Brand and Yancey's co-authored works: FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE and IN HIS IMAGE.

Dr. Paul Brand (1914-2003)was a world-renowned hand surgeon, leprosy physician, missionary and humanitarian who caught the attention of -- and became mentor to -- Christian writer/apologist Philip Yancey. Their
mirela Darau
Reading this book was very much like a lengthy journey - you get to experience various things. Looking back I realize I even got bored some times, and discovered the excitement again after taking a break or when the topic changed. I very much liked the duality of accumulating knowledge and reflection on immaterial issues: each chapter is built up on a 2-stage pattern. Most of it is knowledge about the human body, explained by a doctor, and yet comprehensible to a non-expert (I could never really ...more
This is an excellent devotional tool; each chapter easily stands on its own as an examination of the marvelous intricacies of the human body (Dr. Brand was a pioneer in the treatment of leprosy and a skilled hand surgeon)and an analogous reflection on the corporate body of Christ. Reading his descriptions of how our bodies work - muscles, cells, tendons - quickly leads to wonder and amazement at God's creation. And the attendant explanation of how that relates to the church body is a bonus.
Dr. Brand opens for us in this book the wonders of God as manifest through the human body. The church is described several times in the New Testament as "the body of Christ," and Brand states that "curiously, every medical discovery seems to make the analogy fit even better; not one has weakened the original meanings the apostle Paul set forth."

My favorite sections were focused on how cells interact with each other, comparing that to how individuals in God's family relate to each other and to Go
I've read this book over the course of several years, actually. I can't say this is because the content is particularly taxing, but I found myself taking a step back at a time and contemplating sections thoroughly before moving forward. This book has some beautiful content, thoughts and ideas that I will probably take with me the rest of my life. As a lover of analogies, Brand was able to illustrate concepts of Christianity (ones that I had so often heard) in way that I found much more powerful ...more
Cindy Noonan
Philip Yancey's FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE is a life changer. With surgeon Paul Brand, the author takes us on a journey through the human body and shows us God's handprint on every part. This book gave me a deeper knowledge of our creator and was a catalyst into a more intimate walk with God.
Nomi Letchford
This was a very good read! Very interesting subjects, combining the human body with the Body of Christ. I liked how the two authors added in their own stories and ways, creating an analogy on the two bodies and the similarities of how they work -or should work! Would pick this one up again
Kinza Brue
This book really rejuvenated the metaphor of the Body of Christ for me. Sometimes it is so overused that it becomes cliche and abstract, but the examples given in the book left me with both a new understanding of God's creative power in humans and the purpose of the Church as the body of Christ.
Michael Vincent
Read this book many years ago as one of the first Christian books I read. As I recall an excellent work. He descriptions and discussion bring us to worship our Creator.
Beautifully demonstrating the wonder of our almighty Creator...this book written by world renowned surgeon Dr Paul Brand was a wonderful read. How great is our God!
Patti Clement
A renowned surgeon teamed up with an award winning writer to co-author this book. The outcome is a beautifully written book with its title coming from texts of Psalm 139 and the content exploring the analogy of 1 Cor 12 of the human body as a metaphor to express the relationship that exists among the people of God. This is one of the first books I read early on after my intitial conversion experience in the late 1980's. Although it does have a medical slant to it, I highly recommend it to go dee ...more
This is such an amazing book. I read it originally in the 1990's and it is a "must read" for any Christian. Written in conjunction with Dr. Paul Brand, and from his viewpoint (I don't know why his name is not listed as author), the book is an explanation of all the ways our human body is a perfect example of the Body of Christ as it should be on this earth. Dr. Brand is so knowledgeable about the makeup and function of each part of the body and presents such insightful comparisons of our bodies ...more
Paul Krautmann
An amazing, inspiring book. The more scientists examine, the more intricate design and complexity they find. And to think it all happened by blind chance! (not)
This book was, by far, one of the best books I have EVER read. "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" unites the two topics that I love the most: God and human anatomy and physiology. Yancey writes in such beautiful language and detail that even if you have never found the human body intriguing, you can't help but be drawn into his story. Yancey compares human body structures to those of the body of Christ, and the metaphor work's beautifully. I would go on, except I fear that by talking about the boo ...more
I loved all the information he gives about the body and how it works! Such minute details that are imperative to make the body work correctly. I just do not see how we could have happened by chance. I am overwhelmed at the wonder and beauty of it. It screams "intelligent design" to me. Awesome, God!!!

In this book, he not only tells about how the body works (cells, muscles, bones, etc.) but he relates it to how the Body of Christ should work.

This was a good book, but I still think I like his Pai
A definite classic. This book is cowritten with Dr. Paul Brand. I think Philip Yancey just helped get it into readable book form. Anyway, the doctor takes cells, bones, skin, and motion of our bodies explaining how they work then compares the Body of Christ to these functions.

This book was published in 1980, so there are a couple of references that are outdated, but the main part of the book is translatable to any time. He often shares anecdotes and examples from his own life or from people he k
So good I'd like to read again.
Interesting take on the Human body compared with Body of Christ. These two men will take you on a very interesting practical and spiritual journey full of wonder. You will realize that you do not have to travel far to be amazed-no farther than your own self. A lot of anatomy and physiology in this book which I found really interesting. Will be looking for more books by this duo--I love the way they take you on spiritual journeys without a lot of religiosity. Good, easy to understand writers, as ...more
Dr Brand talks about many of the ways that the human body is amazing--did you know that there is a muscle in your heart when you are a fetus that develops for the sole purpose of closing off an artery that is no longer needed once you are born (and blood goes to your lungs?--and wonderful to know about. And he uses these facts as well as his stories from treating leprosy patients to share insights into how the human body and the body of Christ are similar (or different). I will read this book (w ...more
Gregg Bissot
Very interesting book! It was enlightening to me as an engineer, not knowing much about the medical side of the human body, to see the beauty, intricacy, unity and overall wonder of the body from that perspective. This book revealed to me more how amazing our creator is. What an awesome God! I also enjoyed reading about the work Dr. Paul Brand did with lepers. It added a personal witness that fit the subject.

I did have some theological issues with the book, but it didn't impact its delivery. Jus
"Fearfully & Wonderfully Made" is a Christian devotional-type book. Dr. Brand talks about how the various parts of the body (cells, skeleton, skin, etc.) work and then draws from this insights about us as the "body of Christ." I really appreciated his insights and how he made biology very interesting. Although everyone can enjoy this book, I was also thinking that home-schooled teens might enjoy reading this before studying biology as it'll make the textbooks a lot more understandable. I'd h ...more
powerful read.
Students read and reviewed this book for Advanced Biology. They loved it and felt it added greatly to their anatomy study. Gave it life and connection.

I love this book and don't think you have to be studying anatomy to enjoy it. Paul Brand's stories of life with leprosy patients are fascinating and his use human body analogy to the body of Christ gives that analogy fresh meaning as seen through his personal experience.

Highly recommended
This is such a wonderful book, which is quite ironic considering the same word being a part of the title. He makes many analogies based on his history of working with the human body and being a follower of Christ. The analogies are eerily perfect, which seems to say that the church body is meant to be looked at in accordance with our body so that we can draw conclusions as to how to react in different situations. Lovely book by a lovely man.
This volume actually contains two books: 'Fearfully and Wonderfully Made', and 'In His Image'. Basically they take the analogy of the Body of Christ, looking from a cellular level. Paul Brand was a surgeon working on leprosy patients in India, and knows his subject well. He uses anecdotes to illutrate principles, and the whole is absolutely mind-blowing. Highly recommended, I'd give this six stars if I could!
This is a good book. Dr. Brand and Philip Yancey explore the wonders of how the human body functions. They work well as co-authors as they describe the church, the body of Christ and the human body. A great read. In comparing this book to the "sequel" In His Image I find the In His Image to be a better book. However, each of the books are well-worth reading and I highly recommend both.
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A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there as Editor and then Publisher. He looks on those years with gratitude, because teenagers are demanding readers, and writing for them taught him a lasting principle: ...more
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“I have sometimes wondered why Jesus so frequently touched the people he healed, many of whom must have been unattractive, obviously diseased, unsanitary, smelly. With his power, he easily could have waved a magic wand. In fact, a wand would have reached more people than a touch. He could have divided the crowd into affinity groups and organized his miracles--paralyzed people over there, feverish people here, people with leprosy there--raising his hands to heal each group efficiently, en masse. But he chose not to. Jesus' mission was not chiefly a crusade against disease (if so, why did he leave so many unhealed in the world and tell followers to hush up details of healings?), but rather a ministry to individual people, some of whom happened to have a disease. He wanted those people, one by one, to feel his love and warmth and his full identification with them. Jesus knew he could not readily demonstrate love to a crowd, for love usually involves touching.” 6 likes
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