What's So Amazing About Grace? - Philip Yancey

What's So Amazing About Grace?

By Philip Yancey

  • Release Date: 2008-09-09
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 5
5
From 32 Ratings

Description

In 1987, an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived. And forgave. He said of the bombers, "I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge. . . . I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them."His words caught the media’s ear--and out of one man’s grief, the world got a glimpse of grace.Grace is the church’s great distinctive. It’s the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else--for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world.In What’s So Amazing About Grace? award-winning author Philip Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God’s love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy?Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific "ungrace." Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men?Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day.In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear?And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Reviews

  • Laity

    5
    By Jcollins37
    Great Theological book
  • Great read

    5
    By Runner2421
    Yancy is a must read author for thirsty evangelicals
  • The BEST word!!

    5
    By Morsetechnician
    This book is a staple for any Christian to read at least once. It is my humble opinion that it is also a book worth reading once...per year. We must remember why on Earth we are here in the first place. To be (like a tuning fork) resonating grace. It is how all life is evaluated. This book helps to make sure we are in "tune" with the heart of God.
  • Grace

    5
    By RAS14613
    I think I'm beginning to realize exactly how incredible God's grace thru Jesus truly is. This book will help to tear down our personal biases of grace and teach us what it means to be more like Jesus.
  • A Great Read!

    5
    By Bernice M
    I bought this book because I have a journal by Yancey that I’ve enjoyed and it contains quotes from several of his books. I was amazed with this book’s depth! It really struck a deep note for me. The questions Yancey raises in this book were similar to some questions I have been facing personally in my own Christian growth. I like the way he made me think about and face some of these questions. I identify with the author’s background when he talked about rascism in his own home church, because I have long struggled with the ironies of racism in my home church. I love the author’s honesty in his writing. I will buy more of his books.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By marianabhz
    This book changed my life and in so many ways confronted religiosity in me... It's a must read for any Christian...