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What's So Amazing About Grace? (1997)

by Philip Yancey

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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 ears -- 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?… (more)
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What's so Amazing about Grace?
According to Phillip Yancy, "Grace is, among other things Christianity's best gift to the world - it is free of charge to people who do not deserve it- sounds a startlingnote of liberation - and has no end to what it might pardon" Phillip stretches the mind, touches the heart and applies the grace of God to his writing theology applications and illustrations - result being blessings, help, hope and joy to the reader. ( )
  CCWLibrary | Dec 25, 2022 |
Excellent book exploring what's so amazing about grace. And how often the opposite - ungrace - is shown ( )
  cbinstead | Aug 13, 2020 |
“I loved this book, which I read some years ago when our Homegroup studied it. The inspiring examples of Grace , included in this easy- to- read book have remained in my mind. To show Grace (undeserved kindness) has become one of the “spiritual disciplines ?“ I aspire to in my life. I have read that Grace is something offered by no other religion except Christianity, and something that should make Christians unique.
Highly recommended.” Penny
  stbart | May 13, 2020 |
"I loved this book, which I read some years ago when our Homegroup studied it. The inspiring examples of Grace , included in this easy- to- read book have remained in my mind. To show Grace (undeserved kindness) has become one of the “spiritual disciplines ?“ I aspire to in my life. I have read that Grace is something offered by no other religion except Christianity, and something that should make Christians unique.
Highly recommended.”

Penny Fuelling
  stbart | Feb 20, 2020 |
This book was more enjoyable than that of Dr. Schaeffer. This Philip Yancey tells us in a more hospitable way that Grace is the way to know God. Which is really a nice thought. I found the stories to be very heartwarming and ... well, not exactly relatable, but understandable.

Throughout he tells stories of his growing up in a Christian Fundamentalist sect and being against desegregation and stuff, but that didn't really bother me, since I can understand the culture of the time. Stuff with people hating others really bothers him, and he seems like an interesting person to meet overall. He did meet with President Bill Clinton, and he received horrible letters from so-called Christians about the article he wrote about it in response. This was mostly because of Clinton's stance on abortion and homosexuality. I was far too young to care during Clinton's administration so I kind of forgot all of that.

Yancey also talks about how living a life of grace automatically makes you a better person, since if you love God, you will go and want to please him or something. All in all, this book was rather thought provoking and pretty well written. It didn't change my mind, but it did remind me of some things from back when I was a child. I mean, this Philip Yancey also seems to believe that Morality stems from God, so I don't really know what to say to that.

Four out of five stars from me, and I hope to read something like it again. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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I know nothing, except what everyone knows---if there when Grace dances, I should dance. -W.H. Auden
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I told a story in my book The Jesus I Never Knew, a true story that long afterward continued to haunt me.
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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 ears -- 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?

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