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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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The authors, a renowned surgeon and a professional writer, offer insight into the marvelous details of the human body and draw analogies to the relationship of Christ to his church.
ebook, 24 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 1980)
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Angela Blount
Aug 02, 2011 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
Sally Ewan
Jun 28, 2012 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.
Jason Lyle
Aug 17, 2015 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.
Mary Karam
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was at my highest peak of enthusiasm and passion for medicine, but this book proved otherwise, I was still capable of becoming more and more in love with that art. The art which translates how we were created in God's perfect and wholesome image. I have to admit I was a bit skeptic about the idea of comparing the human body to the body of Christ, fearing it'll become too sermon-ish or off-track trying to make a simile or a metaphor out of every detail, but I was surprised that this w ...more
Michael A.
I was disappointed. It had three times the length of preaching (often not so attached to the body parts) as it did information on the body. Got very boring very fast. I have read another book on the same sort of thing that did keep up my interest. After all, I do read plenty of books on straight theology, but at least they are advertised as straight theology. I was looking for a break from straight theology.
Dan Hamman
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing study of the human body and the Body of Christ

This book grabs hold of you from the very beginning. The author gave me understanding about the body in areas I had never even thought about. Much of the information gathered by the Doctor came from treating leprosy patients. I also gained a new understanding of the dread disease leprosy. The Doctor's concern and dedication to his patients was very Christ like.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ao
Great in small doses, as a devotional but started to feel repetitive and too long by the end, even at the pace of a chapter in a sitting. Maybe trying to read it faster would have helped with that feeling, I don't know. Some good profound thoughts. I especially appreciated those on legalism, grace, the spectrum of diversity within the church.
Andrew Scholes
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thoughts

There is wonderful detail of the marvelous way God has put us together. It is amazing how everything works and what little it takes for things to go horribly wrong.
Rod Innis
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book about the design of the human body and how it points to a Creator. Written by a medical doctor.
Kitty Tomlinson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A surgeon looks at the human body and parallels it to God's holy church. Beautifully done. I learned a lot about the human body as well as our role in God's church. I recommend it.
This was very interesting, but kinda dry and hard to read at times.
Sep 18, 2012 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
Daniel Brockhan
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
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
Dec 30, 2015 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
Feb 28, 2013 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
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
Dec 08, 2014 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
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
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
Apr 13, 2012 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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, devotional
"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
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
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
Jun 01, 2008 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
Nov 23, 2015 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
Gregg Bissot
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this a long time ago and somehow came across the thought of it today and realized I had not added it here. I remember next to nothing of the facts or stories presented in the book, as it's been several years since reading. But I DO remember the sense of awe and appreciation for the knowledge and wisdom carefully crafted in quality writing within this book. I expect I'll read it again someday. And its companion book, which I believe exists?
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Dr. Paul Wilson Brand, CBE (17 July 1914 – 8 July 2003) was a pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy. He was the first physician to appreciate that leprosy did not cause the rotting away of tissues, but that it was the loss of the sensation of pain which made sufferers susceptible to injury. Brand contributed extensively to the fields of hand su ...more
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