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Rumors of Another World: What on Earth Are We Missing?

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Philip Yancey believes we are missing the supernatural hidden in everyday life. He investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. Nature and super nature 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. He promises t ...more
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Published May 18th 2009 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2003)
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Adam Nelson
Dec 27, 2010 Adam Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very profound reading. I put Yancey up there with Donald Miller (actually, he surpasses him because Miller, while deep, struggles to have a point sometimes). And Yancey is one of the few Christian thinkers I've read that understands what sin does in the life of a believer. Many would foolishly have us believe that our sin indicates to us that we have fallen again or that we have somehow forfeited our salvation or otherwise have proven we never had it in the first place. Instead, Yancey pronounce ...more
Nermine Hosni
Aug 30, 2013 Nermine Hosni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لقد خُدعت بشكل ما بالحكم بأن العالم الطبيعي غير روحي وبأن الله ضد المتعة

فنحن لا نري الله علي افضل حال بنفس الطريقة التي نري بها كسوفاً شمسياً : لا بالتحديق في الشمس الذي يسبب العمي بل من خلال شئ تسلط عليه الشمس

اعطيت ظهري للنور ووجهي نحو الاشياء التي اشرق عليها النور

يرثو اغسطينوس في الاعترافات قائلاً : احببتك متأخراً للغاية ايها الجمال القديم جداً والجديد جداً

المدهش ان الخالق نادراً ما يفرض نفسه علي خليقته ، فتذكر الخالق يتطلب الانتباه والمجهود من جانبنا لأن الخالق يتسلل بهدوء خلف الستار ، ال
Apr 19, 2013 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Each one of Philip Yancey's books that I have read have made a personal impact upon me. It is as if the author knows how to get into my head and challenge me from the inside out. I had never even heard of this book before finding it on the store shelf, but I am glad I made the jump to purchase it.

In this book Yancey challenges himself to face his own doubts and preconceptions about faith to answer the question of why he believes. The book is fascinating because, unlike a lot of "Christian self-
Oct 07, 2014 Sherlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I loved this book. I struggled most of my life with a view of God as a terrible ogre waiting to strike me down for my least offense. And as offenses go, I really did't really have a good understanding of what constituted an offense. My upbringing would have me looking down on wearing jewelry, going to movies, watching TV, dancing, smoking, drinking while I learned the incongruity of doing things like bring home items from work for use at home, cutting people off in traffic and ignoring the needy ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skip everything else if you want and read the chapter about sex.
Jan 27, 2014 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the tradition of C.S. Lewis, this author depicts the spiritual world and the physical world as separate, but parallel places or dimensions. The author suggests the majority of people fail to see the spiritual world because of other physical things they elevate above it.

The author tells of an experiment in which an entomologist entices male butterflies with a painted cardboard replica of the female. The replica is larger and more enticing than the females of the species, so the excited males
Hillary roberts
Mar 29, 2016 Hillary roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my review

I am starting to love Philp Yancey. This is the second book that I have read by him and both books have made huge impact on me. I can't remember in which book it was, but I used to be pro-choice but after reading how God personally selects each living person to come into creation out of all the permutations God gave THAT one person to be born into time I became pro-life. It was a powerful message and it struck me right to the core as a christian.

Most Christian books makes people feel like assho
Jason D'Souza
Oct 18, 2013 Jason D'Souza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Jackson, the pop singer in the 1980’s, famously offered a million dollars for the bones of the Elephant Man. Why?

In the 1800's at a circus in England where audiences would pay a few pennies at the freak show to scream at Joseph Merrick, a deformed 14 year old boy discovered on the streets by a carnival man who saw an easy way to make money by the freakish appearance of the ugliest human being alive, "The Elephant Man."
Years later, the circus in England was shut down and police found Jose
Bendick Ong
Oct 30, 2013 Bendick Ong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Yancey honestly and humbly confesses that this guide actually constitutes his personal struggle with faith - believing in the existence of a supernatural and invisible world. The whole book thus seeks to help its reader see one point: to appreciate the presence of invisible entities through this visible world. Very much against ascetic tendencies of denouncing what is material, yancey asks his readers to embrace both the visible and invisible worlds.

The book is divided into 3 parts, with the fir
Parts are worth reading, but not his best work. Yancy explores a world with two dimensions, the visible and invisible. How does the visible world point toward the existence of the invisible world? Experiencing beauty, human sexuality, grace, etc. Also, recognizing evil for what it is, an opposition to, and proof of good.

• Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche Daybreak community
• Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, page 153. Gray swaps roles with his own portrait, the painting showin
Feb 14, 2017 SeaShore marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
From the blurb by the publisher:

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 “rumors 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.
Dottie Parish
This is an apologetic book for believers and non believers, though different than other apologetic books. The author details his own struggles and his own questions and muses about them. Yancey says “I wrote this book for those who live in the borderlands of belief.” Many Christians are at the borders - full of doubts.

The thesis of Rumors is that we live in two worlds: the every day world that we can touch and see and an unseen spiritual world. Yancey proceeds to show us hints of the unseen wor
Linda Lioun
Nov 03, 2016 Linda Lioun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I buy this book from (السوق الخيري) i think in 2015 or 2014 just to support & also cause i check the chapters in it & i was interested in it. Later I just leave it on shelf after that i try to read some chapters & i get bored. Finally this year i take a decision to read it. I can say I enjoy it a lot. There was a lot of questions that can inspire u to start exploring to find answer for it also this book discussing a lot of life aspects (such as: why we believe in God? How we can beli ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy I sure love everything I've ever read by Philip Yancey. I think I like some of his others better, but I liked this one too. This book had a quote in it that just might be my favorite quote of all time. I like it so much, I'm going to type it into this review!

If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course a
Magdalene Lim
Mar 04, 2013 Magdalene Lim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Why does this awesome book only have ratings from 15 people?! Haha, I am biased because Philip Yancey wrote this book and having really liked "Where is God when it Hurts", I was eager to embark on it. From the few Christian books I've read(n=5?), I must say Yancey is my favourite for his anecdotal way of illustrating things. While easy to read because it's interesting, some portions were not an easy read, simply because of the stories that touched a raw nerve, such as the story of the Elephant M ...more
Katie Wild
Jul 26, 2013 Katie Wild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone with half a philosophical mind and yearning for enlightenment should read this book. It's words of wisdom, taken from all parts of historical figures in history have educated me beyond measure. Answers to the most asked questions of all-time, including, "If there is God, then where is he?" and "Why is the world such a mess?" Read this book and it will send you on a journey of self-discovery in every page, unlike anything you can imagine. You will learn much more than humility, but you wil ...more
Jun 06, 2010 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On my birthday I had been given a copy of Rumors of Another World: What on Earth Are We Missing? Philip Yancey again did not disappoint. This was a good book that lays out a reasonably cohesive viewpoint on how heaven and earth collide. The book is of appropriate breadth for inclusion of all the major topics that need discussion without too much fluff, and where there is filler, there are enough quotes, stats, and stories to entertain you still. Another admirable trait of the work is that the id ...more
Heather Thornhill
Currently reading this, just what I needed.

Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness...
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

I thought of a cruel trick I once played on a wasp. He was sucking jam on my plate, and I cut him in half. He paid no attention , merely went on with his meal , while a tiny stream of jam trickled out of his severed esophagus. Only when he tried to fly away did he grasp the d
David Campton
As with most of Yancey's books this one displays his journalistic eye for a good story or quotation, and so it will prove a profitable ground for a preacher seeking sermon material (although you may have read some of them before, probably in Yancey's other books and articles or from the pulpits of those who have read them). However, in this case the book was ultimately unfulfilling for me, as his tendency to string stories together like beads on a necklace meant that his core thesis was as intan ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Philip Yancey. This book is an exploration of why, in an age of science and a culture obsessed with observable data, it's still not crazy to be a Christian and have a faith in something more. Yancey examines how the natural world points to the supernatural in both positive and negative ways--the beauty hints at something and Someone greater; the evil forces us to confront the implications if we accept that this world is all there is.

I will always recommend a Yancey book, especially
Michelle Barker
Mar 18, 2014 Michelle Barker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
I love that Yancey quotes writers like W.H. Auden and Dostoyevsky in his books. His writing is clear and honest. Every chapter could be a self-contained essay and yet the book works together as a whole. I've always been intrigued by the idea that what we see in the physical world is not the whole story. Yancey explores the interaction between the visible and invisible in such a way as to gently suggest rather than clubbing the reader over the head. A few chapters lagged in the middle but mostly ...more
Jun 26, 2008 Karson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
O Yancmiester! This one was pretty good. I like that he is trying to interact with some other perspectives quoting Darwin, Nieztche, Richard Dawkins. At least he is trying to interact with these views. Thats why I like this guy. He is a conservative evangelical Christian, but he doesn't hide from other viewpoints. He is willing to enter into a different discussion. He quotes some Jewish Mystics too, and thats always a plus. And a little snippet about Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela was really me ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was profoundly powerful to me where I am in this moment. I want to cultivate the spirit of this book. It is written in a practical and concise way yet beautifully as well. The author is never pretentious and doesn't claim to have the answers but shares his own authentic search for truth and understanding. I felt like we took a journey together. I highly recommend this if you are seeking to reconcile your faith with concerns for the environment and have the question of "where is the sac ...more
Jarkko Laine
The book has some good moments as it points out how Christianity should really be about loving your neighbor and how doing things for "the invisible world" actually makes a difference in this world as well.

Where the book falls short, however, is that all the examples don't really show why another world is needed for explaining all these positive actions, dreams and hopes. It's as if Yancey had told himself, "OK, let's write a skeptical book -- but not too skeptical." There are clear boundaries t
Aug 14, 2007 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I still enjoy anything that Yancey puts out, I wonder if some of them are starting to run together or the things I read are just running together. There is always good insight and usually a lot of good references to other books, however, so I still see worth in continuing to read his books. This one does a good job of putting some good perspective into place and realizing that our lens is often limited.
Linda Anderson
Dec 21, 2013 Linda Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thought provoking book makes you realize that there is an eternity and an unseen world. It questions and resolves many aspects of faith and questions the secular world we live in. At times, the subjects shift quickly which makes it more difficult to read, but the rest is very readable. You meet many heroes in this book. You also are reinforced with thinking that this world is chaotic and crazy! I recommend this book highly - I borrowed it from our church library.
Brent Soderstrum
Rumors is a good attempt to tie the world we live in with the unseen eternal world. Yancey points out glimpses of the other world we are given in life through nature and others. Second half of the book was so much better then the first half of the book. Not sure why this was.

I enjoy Yancey and his explorations so any of his books are worth the read. He does have better books but give it a shot. It did make me strive more to enjoy this world instead of longing for the next.
Aug 01, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and very relevent. Every skeptic asks for physical proof of the existence of God; which isn't entirely possible short of a miracle. Yancey not only provides examples both in nature and in human existence that hint at a world beyond this one, but also challenges those who believe in it to live in a way that reflects that other world drawing others to a life that exhibits one that God originally intended.
Clara Roberts
Jan 03, 2014 Clara Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yancey reminds us that after death there is a continuation of life. "Christianity claims a loyalty to another world and from the time of the Roman empire on, that fact has aroused the suspicion and ire of governments and other religions alike" "The wise person lives in awareness of time and eternity both, a dual citizen of the city of God and a citizen of this world." Yancey reminds us that one day we will all stand before a Holy and Just God.
Robert Martin
Dec 25, 2011 Robert Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I'm not sure whether to laugh, cry, scream, rant, rave, worship, or sit in silence at the end of this book. Philip Yancey has given voice to all the doubts that any Christian could possibly have, and most probably wrestle with daily, and described how, from the most beautiful to the most horrific, the material world easily points to something beyond... and yet we are called to live in both worlds.

Please, read this book...listen to the rumors, and discover that other world.
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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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