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Publication Date: 2014
Why does the church stir up such negative feelings? Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever: in a twenty-year span starting in the mid-nineties, research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drasticallyand opinions of Evangelicals have taken even deeper dives.
The end of the politics-oriented Evangelicalism that was so dominant in the second half of the 20th century is a strong example that we are living in a post-Christian culture.
Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? Why are so many asking, Whats so good about the Good News?
Yanceys writing has focused on the search for honest faith that makes a difference for a world in pain. In his landmark book Whats So Amazing about Grace he issued a call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behavior as they are in declaring their beliefs.
But people inside and outside the church are still thirsty for grace. What the church lacked in its heyday is now exactly what it needs to recover to thrive. Grace can bring together Christianity and our post-Christian culture, inviting outsiders as well as insiders to take a deep second look at why our faith matters and about what could reignite its appeal to future generations.
How can Christians offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society? And how can they make a difference in a world that cries out in need?
Yancey aims this book at Christian readers, showing them how Christians have lost respect, influence, and reputation in a newly post-Christian culture. Why do they hate us so much? mystified Americans ask about the rest of the world. A similar question applies to evangelicals in America.
Yancey explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals, especially in their mixing of faith and politics instead of embracing more grace-filled ways of presenting the gospel. He offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics. Then he explores what is Good News and what is worth preserving in a culture that thinks it has rejected Christian faith.
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. Learn more at philipyancey.com
Ed1 Stars Out Of 5Heart breakerNovember 4, 2017EdQuality: 5Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Phil Yancy broke my heart. Obviously he's been deeply hurt by conservative Christians, and strikes back at them in this unbalanced postmodern book. The premise is absurd--God's grace can no more be vanishing than gravity can. The truth is, this book is not a search for grace, but a retribution by a wounded soul. Yancy too much enjoys spanking evangelicals who fall short of his standards. There is no love, joy or peace in this book. Instead, Yancy takes on the role of a pharisee, helping God judge those who are less righteous than he. It's Yancy himself who becomes the classic tragic figure with the fateful flaw.
Terry Port4 Stars Out Of 5Good but.....September 1, 2017Terry PortQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Disappointed as the book only enhances the study guide and DVD. We bought them to use as a group study and find that there is no correlation between it and the study guide and DVD. Thus now ordered the study guides for each group member instead. Would have been helpful to know this before ordering the books and having to return them for those who no longer want them.
?5 Stars Out Of 5Vanishing GraceFebruary 5, 2016?Quality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is my second book with Phil Yancey. I first read his The Jesus I Never Knew several years ago and I was impressed with his real effort to dig into the Scriptures. I told myself I would be interested in following up with this writer and so when Vanishing Grace was offered I went for it. And I wasn't disappointed. Yancey laments what he sees as a trend amongst certain Christians to speak and act in a less than graceful manner. Clearly keeping in mind the admonition in the Gospel of John that it must be of the grace to be of Jesus he calls out those who have forgotten this most important point. Not content to criticize he points to those Christians who are in every way a positive example of gracefulness. Again he is not content with the superficial but digs deep to make his point. I just pray that those for whom this book is meant for read it.
Upstate Mom3 Stars Out Of 5Good Points; Could Have Been Better WrittenMarch 8, 2015Upstate MomQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3While the author makes a good overall point, I found that it was a bit "all over the place" and wandering (perhaps an attempt to stretch the point to a certain number of print pages?!) Toward the end I found myself skimming, as I felt I was not going to get anything more out of the book.
frog ladyKansasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Vanishing GraceFebruary 15, 2015frog ladyKansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleGreat book!