Vanishing Grace Paperback
Whatever Happened to the Good News
by Philip Yancey;
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Philip Yancey rediscovers the good news of the gospel for a graceless world and helps you live your faith against the flow
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Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey answers the question that perplexes so many Christians today: Whatever happened to the good news of the Gospel, and why is the world so reluctant to accept its offer of grace for all?
In a world where the Church and Christians are accused of intolerant and fundamentalist attitudes, lifelong pilgrim and spiritual explorer, Philip Yancey, faces up to these criticisms - fair and unfair, with all the compassion and honesty that made his landmark ‘What's So Amazing about Grace?’ a bestseller for Christians of every tradition and denomination.
If the Church stirs up such negative feelings, he asks, just what is the good news we’re supposed to giving to the world? Yet even as UK Christianity continues to decline, and fewer people seem willing to identify with traditional forms of Christian worship, indicators show that interest in spirituality is rising.
So why is this, and how can we as Christians show that the gospel of grace is the answer?
To solve this apparent contradiction and meet a modern need, Philip Yancey is constant as ever in his belief that grace is the essence of the Christian faith. In Vanishing Grace he proves that only grace, offered freely and unreservedly, can satisfy.
Philip Yancey invites you to take a close look at what the gospel’s good news really says and reignites your desire to respond with grace-filled thoughts, words and actions toward people inside and outside the church. Both, he insists, are still thirsty for grace.
Proposing that this is exactly what the Church needs to recover and thrive, he shows how all Christians can offer grace in a way that is irresistible to a struggling society and demonstrates how we can apply grace to make a difference in a world of life-consuming need.
Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News is the signpost book for all who strive to make sense of their faith and live it out against the flow of our times. Never shrinking from the harshness of the truth, Philip uses his journalist’s skill to investigate how Christians might even have unwittingly contributed to the hostility against themselves.
Now he leads you toward a grace filled response to a graceless world. Instead of presenting a religion that comes across as doctrinaire and judgemental, Yancey provides you with inspirational stories of faith, hope, love and of course grace, all expressed in tones that will disarm even your most cynical critics.
Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey was published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2014 and is our 12925th best seller. The ISBN for Vanishing Grace is 9781444789010.
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Vanishing GraceMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
Philip Yancey really needs no introduction and he has a habit of dealing with the tough subjects in a down to earth, honest, insightful and helpful way.
In this, his newest book, he turns to yet again to a tough subject and asks why it is that the church sometimes has a habit of managing to put out such a negative image, and so polarise a majority of our modern society.
In some ways this book almost felt like an American companion to a a book Dave Tomlinson wrote a long while ago, and that has been re-released as an SPCK Classic, 'The Post Evangelical'. Yancey is here looking at how Christianity now fits within what is largely a post-christian culture and so has to deal with a set of circumstances beyond that which it is comfortable with. Society has changed and in some ways the Church has not kept up with that. Yancey asks the painful but necessary question of whether it is the Church or Society that is out of tune and out of step, and he does it thoroughly leaving no tricky subject alone.
This is above all a book about Grace, and I would say a book about hospitality and outreach too—key Christian faith agenda's that might just be being overlooked and yet if embraced would see the 'Good News' flourish.
This is a must read book, but it is likely not a comfortable read for many who would not want to engage with society as it actually is but would instead prefer it to conform in a way it's unlikely ever to do.
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Yet while identification with traditional forms of Christian religion is dropping, indicators show that interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? Why are so many asking, 'What's so good about the "good news?"' Yancey's lifelong writing career has always focused on the search for honest faith that makes a visible difference for a world in pain.
In his landmark book What's So Amazing about Grace? he issued a benchmark call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behaviour as they are in asserting their beliefs. People inside and outside the church are still thirsty for grace, Yancey points out. Perhaps what the church seemed to lack in its heyday is now, in its increasingly marginalised stance, exactly what it needs to recover in order to thrive.
Grace can bridge the gap across the movement away from Christianity, inviting outsiders as well as insiders the chance to take a deep second look at why it matters and 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 of such wrenching need? Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News is a milestone book for all those who are striving to make sense of their faith and live it out amid the changing landscape of our day.
Philip explores how Christians may have contributed to hostility toward them by presenting the gospel in ways that come across as strident and judgemental. Then he explores what kind of news is good to a culture that thinks it has rejected the Christian version. And finally, he offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics - through pilgrims, activists, and artists rather than through preachers, evangelists, and apologists.
Details for Vanishing Grace
|Author / Artist||Philip Yancey|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (September 2014)|
|Number of Pages||304|
|Page last updated||24th September 2014|