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Publication Date: 1987
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The Gift of Pain: Why We Hurt & What We Can Do About ItDr. Paul Brand, Philip YanceyZondervan / 1997 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website: www.philipyancey.com
Dr. Paul Brand, son to missionary parents, was a world-renowned hand surgeon and pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy. He trained in medicine at the University College Hospital in London and and later gained his surgical qualifications whilst working as a casualty surgeon in the London Blitz. After visiting a Leprosy Sanatorium at Chingleput, he was motivated to explore the reasons behind the deformities of this disease. A donation from a missionary woman helped him establish the New Life Rehabilitative Center, which helped dispel the stigma of leprosy amongst medical professionals. He authored and coauthored several books, including Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image.
sonderKansas CityAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The GardnerMarch 16, 2015sonderKansas CityAge: Over 65Gender: femaleHaven't finished the book, but to know how much thought was put in to make and form our bodies is awesome.
DougOnekamaAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5GreatJanuary 9, 2014DougOnekamaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very well written. Buying three more copies to hand out.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good insights and biology made interestingSeptember 12, 2013Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"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 highly recommend this book.
Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5Paul Brand is my new heroMarch 31, 2012KathyQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I cannot help but compare Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancy with "Mountains upon Mountains" writer Tracey Kidder and Dr. Paul Farmer. I wish Dr. Brand were still alive. While both doctors are/were completely committed to their patients, Dr. Brand's commitment rose out of his commitment to Christ, and it shows. His compassion for humanity and for the church shines in Yancy's writing. I can imagine his meeting with God: "Well done, good and faithful servant." I was particularly touched by his story of inventing shoes for the man whose feet were continually damaged by normal footwear due to his leprosy. The entire book is full of such stories, coupled with a bit of instruction on the working of the human body, and how such workings are metaphors for the body of Christ. I loved this book.
ArcalAge: Over 654 Stars Out Of 5Overall a good bookJanuary 16, 2012ArcalAge: Over 65Quality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I picked this book up because my daughter was reading it. I really enjoyed how Paul Brand described the various functions of the body, going into details that I have never heard before. He had a great way of interweaving this into a description of the body of Christ, which I felt in most cases was interesting and enlightening. The problem I had with the book was in the chapter on bones. When you have two authors it is not possible to know whose ideas you are reading. I got the impression I was hearing from Philip Yancey. Comments like "When the human race was young on a planet of unbelievable expanse and few people, the law "Be fruitful and multiple" was obviously appropriate. But we have obeyed that one command so well that all life is now endangered. We need to place new emphasis on our responsibility for the soil and wildlife and perhaps slow down on our multiplying." Then a couple of paragraphs later he writes, "These issues do not call for sweeping revisions of creeds and beliefs, but they do evince a need for some members of the church to reflect, study the Bible, and pray, and then lead the way in reinterpreting the will of God for their own generation." Does the will of God change? Is the earth now more important than children? God knew the situation the world would be in at this point, so why didn't He say, "Be fruitful and multiply until the earth is full, then quit." The problem is not overpopulation, but sin. Children are a gift from God. "Psalms 127:3-5, "Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;. . . NASB
I feel the book still may have too many of Philip Yancey's prejudices and past hurts weaved throughout it as he alluded to in his preface when he writes, "I have written honestly about my early struggles, due in large part to lengthy exposure to toxic churches".
Overall the book is worth reading, but like any book written by a human author, you need to align it with the Word of God.