Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God's Image - eBookDr. Paul Brand, Philip YanceyIVP Books / 2019 / ePub$14.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews
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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderfully Written Too!September 2, 2019Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is special. It could only have been written by a man deeply in love with Jesus and with medicine. If you read the preface you will discover how Philip Yancey met Dr. Paul Brand and how they came to be co-authors. It appears to me that the joint production worked this way: Dr. Brand provided the substance of medicine and spiritual insight while Mr. Yancey with his journalistic background cast it in beautiful words. Mr. Yancey seems in awe of Dr. Brand and I can see why. Don't misunderstand me. This book doesn't elevate any person other than the Lord. Besides your own personal edification, this book will also supply you with a host of exquisite illustrations for teaching and preaching.
Dr. Brand is one of those doctors that you would dream of having. A doctor who sees the big picture of so many things and yet can perform tasks that in our day are usually only done by specialists. That he has spent much of his career in dispensing his considerable talents to those afflicted with leprosy tells you so much about the person he is. He proves to be a reflective Christian as well and his first two chapters on being image-bearers are nothing to sneeze at. In part two, he does a commendable job in four chapters of highlighting diversity and unity. Part three brings out many observations of the spiritual nature from his areas of specialty including the skin and bones and other such things. The fourth part that he calls proof of life looks at blood and breath. His section on pain, and his work among the suffering helps you realize that we are listening to an expert, is spiritually rich. The final section on the brain is profound as well.
I don't want to steal his thunder in this review because you will want to discover these things as you read it yourself, but there is not one chapter where he didn't take something I didn't know medically and illustrate a spiritual truth that I was aware of but could now see better. I never felt he stretched anything in making his spiritual points. In fact, in every chapter, I was more amazed by my God.
This new edition that is described as "updated and combined" is an attractive hardback with a beautiful dust cover. You will want this one!
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MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Fearfully And Wonderfully MadeAugust 18, 2019MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great updated read of Dr. Paul Brand's experiences ministering to people with "handicaps" in foreign countries and how he ties in his experiences with the Bible to explain how our bodies are complex and precious to God. Around 250 pages, the author (who has passed and the updated title being written and edited by Philip Yancey - a well known and much read author), explains in understandable ways how our ways are great creations by the Creator.
The book has a common theme: the patient, the patient's deformity, how Dr. Brand addressed the patient's situation, and spiritual principles he learned and passes on the reader. Enjoyable read for anyone needing a reminder of how great God is.
I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.
Moonglotexas5 Stars Out Of 5inspiring and captivatingAugust 14, 2019MoonglotexasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Little did I know, when I began Fearfully and Wonderfully by Dr Paul Brand and Philip Yancey, what an insightful and informative book I had picked up. Those who are disturbed by medical discussions of body parts may find the descriptions upsetting so do be careful. I found them fascinating.
Written from the perspective of a Christian missionary doctor who spent his life working with those suffering from leprosy, each function of the body is examined, explained and related to Christianity, It is both enlightening about the body and the faith.
Pain, being my companion through my CRPS, gained descriptions I have sought in my desire to share my experience. I also developed a deeper appreciation for the pain I do have which leprosy patients don't which causes so much of their disability and isolation. One such description highlight how pain should have a volume control. "Apart from this volume switch through which sensations pass, I could not wear wool or other coarse clothing; my body would incessantly remind me of its scratchy presence and I could hardly concentrate on anything else." so well explains how my clothes feel in a CRPS flare-up.
Dr Paul Brand eloquently shares his appreciation for pianists and their magnificent performances which only further endeared him to me, being a pianist myself and loving classical music.
Some of my favourite lines include:
"It is a supreme mystery that God has chosen to convey likeness through millions of ordinary people like us."
"Somehow he [Jesus] moved compliantly among diverse groups without compromising his good-news message of love and forgiveness."
"But if we fail to find fellowship in our mutual obedience to Christ, our actions will be seen not as the counterbalancing forces necessary for movement, but as spastic, futile contractions."
"In the spiritual Body, a cell must submit to orders from the Head, for only the Head can judge the needs of the whole Body."
It is inspiring, captivating and easy to read from start to finish. I highly recommend it and give it a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale.
S. Riegel5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book in Yancey TraditionAugust 6, 2019S. RiegelQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Today is release day for Fearfully and Wonderfully. I am honored to have received an advance copy. I have to confess I haven't finished the book, but I love it. Often when I'm savoring a book, I save it, thus slowing the finish. But halfway through, I can say it is a magnificent work showcasing the marvel of the human body. A lot of biology, medicine and spiritual prospective melded together to help us make sense of the world. This book takes the ordinary day to day and shows us the extraordinary work of God in the creation of human bodies.
John5 Stars Out Of 5Must readAugust 6, 2019JohnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just finished reading a pre-release copy of "Fearfully and Wonderfully" by Dr, Paul Brand and Philip Yancey. It's well written, describing the wonderful creation called 'the human body' with all its parts, how they work and how they fit together. But it's not just a biology book; it parallels the Body of Christ; how Christians, as the cells in that Body, are connected to the Head, Jesus Christ, how they relate to each other, as well as to the world outside. And what a great ending to the book but I'll leave it to you to read to find out! Whether it's Biology you want to read or a treatise on the meaning and function of the Church, this is for you, and you'll enjoy beautiful writing to boot. I highly recommend it. #fearfullyandwonderfully released August 6.