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In the Likeness of God

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In the Likeness of God combines the complete texts of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image---both Gold Medallion Award-winners---into one volume. Also included for the first time are eight beautiful litanies of praise on the human body by Dr. Brand.
ebook, 560 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 1980)
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Angela Blount
Apr 18, 2016 Angela Blount rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: faith, books-i-own

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
Jason Lyle
Sep 09, 2015 Jason Lyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book. The many ways Brand describes the body in light of the Body of Christ brings to life just how closely related all things are.
Nov 27, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really want to give this 4/5 because of the way in uses the image of the body (medical) to talk about the body of Christ (the church/spiritual). Perhaps 3.5 would be a better bet. While it is fascinating to read this books, perhaps a book like this is better in small doses than in one whole sitting. Maybe a chapter a week. While it is truly amazing how we are made (and how strange it is when we aren't right), sometimes the book begins to feel redundant. I think if the author had used the scien ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Bonita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The idea of us being made in the image of God is one of those concepts that stops me short in wonder. One of those things I know I'll never completely understand. The immensity and gravity of humanity created in the image of God is brought to life in this book, which describes the workings of the human body at the micro level: bones, cells, skin - how they operate together so intricately, so miraculously.
Paul Brand and Philip Yancey use these images to glimpse the spiritual concept of the body
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
Nov 23, 2015 CEC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-re-read
Most clinicians would think it outdated in regards to the medical treatments but Dr. Brand looks inward of himself and of his patients. I found it fascinating the medical breakthroughs he discovered fighting Hansen's disease. I can easily see why he and Philip Yancey became friends. Poignant, thoughtful, insightful in its simplicity in describing medical terminology. A joy to read if you have any interest in science and spirituality and how the two tie together. This one is going to stay on the ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Hope rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2012 mirela Darau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 26, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
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
Feb 01, 2015 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2014 Cindy Noonan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kinza Brue
Jan 19, 2015 Kinza Brue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 01, 2016 Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, christian
This is a fascinating book about the incredibleness of the human body. I don't think I have ever read anything from Philip Yancy. He has a very easy style of writing but packs a punch with what he says. I like the way he uses the human body and that of the Body of Christ and how the church has much to learn about the way the human body functions and works in unity.
Irina T
Feb 17, 2016 Irina T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book(s)! They are so eye-opening and heart-warming that you can't easily put them down! It's beyond amazing the way God created us and is still at work in us and among us! I can't wait to meet Dr. Brand in heaven!
After reading Wilson's excellent biography of Dr. Paul Brand (Ten Fingers for God), I was expecting to read a book here that would amaze me about how our body is made, both fearfully and wonderfully, and it did not disappoint. The excellent bonus was how well Brand and Yancey related the wonder of our physical body to the spiritual body of Christ - things like the structure of our skeleton, the dangers of an exo-skeleton, the ability of the members to help each other only if they work for the wh ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing correlation between science and religion. His comparison of our physical and physiological body to the Body of Christ is phenomenal. I am a science geek and love this comparison of my career and faith blended together.
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.
Mar 14, 2014 Adele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Greg Wendschlag
Great read. Paul Brand's way of connecting the way we are created with spiritual principles is exceptional. The follow-up book, "In His Image" is also great!
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
Jan 17, 2016 Lynnae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book. Would recommend it to everyone, especially those fascinated by science and the human body.
Jun 22, 2013 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2014 Paul Krautmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Jun 16, 2012 Lynley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2016 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing apologetic by an incredibly intelligent and experienced man.
May 16, 2016 ALAGBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mature-believer
2016 Review by Pastor Greg - Great read. Paul Brand's way of connecting the way we are created with spiritual principles is exceptional. The follow-up book, "In His Image" is also great!
Oct 19, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
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
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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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