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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teknopasto5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring and ChallengingJuly 23, 2019teknopastoThis new, combined and updated edition of Yancey & Brand's classic work is inspiring and challenging. Brand's knowledge of the human body is at times overwhelming but his ability to make it understandable and relatable makes the book a treasure trove of biology and theology. The book is full of great stories and clear word pictures. It will make you think and it will challenge you to live out your faith in a more profound way. I am so glad to see this updated version released and hope it inspires a whole new generation to live into being made in God's image.
Moonglotexas5 Stars Out Of 5inspiring and enlighteningJuly 21, 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.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Insights into the marvel of God's design & the body of ChristMay 30, 2019Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Fearfully and Wonderfully" is a combined and updated edition of two of Dr. Paul Brand's previous books: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image. I've read other books by Dr. Brand, but not these two, so much of it was new to me. He talked about various parts of the body (bones, blood, brain, skin, etc.) and each of the senses. His descriptions create a sense of wonder at how marvelously God designed the human body. He also told stories about people he has helped that didn't have a properly functioning sense of pain (like his leprosy patients) or hearing or kidney or whatever. For each body part, he connected this information to references in the New Testament to the Body of Christ. He explained how understanding the human body has helped him better understand how the Body of Christ should function, and he shared theses interesting insights. I'd highly recommend this interesting and insightful book.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.