What's So Amazing about Grace?
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I've been a Christian for some forty years and have found much 'religious' writing unbearable, particularly that written over the past century (with certain notable exceptions). In an age glutted with so-called 'Christian' politics, posturing, and propagand...more
This book is no mere Christian pep talk; it is moral philosophy that would make Plato burst out of the Lyceum to proclaim the slaughter of the fattened calf. And by that I mean it's good. Damn good.
Cristian philosophy got a bad wrap during the medieval period after Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas published their writings, several of which...more
So I got to dwell by myself in Africa with a Bible, this book, and an RC Sproul book.
The visual pages of What's So Amazing About Grace unfolded as amazing news! Is this really true? God has pardoned dirty criminals through the death of his Son? It's free? No pre-requisites? It's just... by grace? My death sentence for hating God has been paid for by another... whi...more
It is a truly humbling read, and I'd recommend i...more
Here are two of the latter that actually do what they say on the tin. What's So Amazing About Grace? is Philip Yancey's 1997 classic, examining grace as "the last best word" - the one...more
As to the topic of grace. I thought it was a great exploration and discussion. I reminder of how easily we all f...more
Not everyone will necessarily agree with everything Yancey says (he deals in part with controversial issues in our society). However, Yancey seeks to help the reader better understand this gift of God that is the only reason behind our continued existence. By re-telling several true stories (most of them are actually NOT the classic "forgiveness" stories) and pointing out insights from Scripture, he hopes that the reader will truly learn what it means to extend grace-- and...more
In my experience, rejoicing and gladness are not the first images that come to mind when people think of the church. They think of holier-than-thous. They think of church as a place to go after you have cleaned up your act, not before. They think of morality, not grace. "Church!" said the prostitute, "Why would I ever go there? I was already feeling terrible about myself. They'd just make me feel worse."
I rejected the church...more
Unfortunately I have a "DNF" for this book - couldn't finish it as I got a bit bored with his recounting/analysing various world disasters - I think he poured a lot of himself into this book and was cathartic for him to write for his own well-being, and he seemed to be on a bit of a soap-box on some issues and I...more
This book caused me to re-evalutate some unkind motives I've been harboring. I think I know Jesus better because of this book.
I recommend it highly.
This Christian writer did a great job of boiling down the concepts of love, repentance and forgiveness into an easy-to-read dose. I like that it would be applicable and relatable to people at any stage of their belief and devotion to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also like that this obviously politically right-leaning author was forthcoming in his own struggles with resolving to love others as Jesus did, especially on issues like homosexuality and...more
A short while ago a friend asked me if I had read Philip Yancey’s book, “What’s so Amazing about Grace?”, and I had not. Fortunately, my wife had been given a copy of this book and so it had occupied a convenient place on our shelves. It is a very good book and worthy of your time.
The first thing I can recall about this book is the prayer he attributes to a six year old girl –“Lord, make the bad people good and the good people nice!” Yancey thinks that good people should be nicer. And he brings...more
What can Christianity bring to the world which is unique? Grace, the unfair, undeserved, totally illogical gift, that we are so bad at sharing.
This is not a deep academic about all the aspects of Grace, its an exploration of what grace is, why we need it, and why its hard to accept and to show. Shown through real life stories, and quotes. This book challenged me to the core of my beliefs, abou...more
2009 Note: Read this again with a bible study group. Still a great book and led to lots of intense discussion.
The author took real life examples from his life as well as deep rooted divisions in our world history. Such as Jews and Natzis, blacks and whites in the south, Communist Russia, Communist Japan and World War II. While a lot of these examples didn't effect me personally, his comments...more
Interestingly, I took more from the snapshot of time it provided. The book was written in the 90s and the "culture war" seems to have been every bit as alive then as it is today and its battlegrounds have not changed one bit. Nor has the rhetoric or the diagnosis to...more