Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?   -     By: Philip Yancey
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Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?

Zondervan / 2014 / Hardcover

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In his landmark book What's So Amazing about Grace?, Philip Yancey issued a call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behavior as they are in declaring their beliefs. He now returns to this vital subject, asking why Christians continue to lose respect, influence, and reputation in modern culture.

Yet people everywhere still thirst for grace. How can Christians present truly Good News amid the changing landscapes of our time? Why do so many people dislike Christians? How can we communicate faith in an appealing way to future generations?

Using his trademark journalistic style--story-filled, compelling, accessible--Yancey explores how grace can bridge the gap between Christian faith and a world increasingly suspicious of it.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310339324
ISBN-13: 9780310339328
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“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 drastically—and 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, “What’s so good about the “Good News?”

Yancey’s writing has focused on the search for honest faith that makes a difference for a world in pain. In his landmark book What’s 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.

Author Bio

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

 

 

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful book
    November 11, 2014
    clarksapoet
    Beautiful book.

    We should all read this, and take its great grace seriously.

    This is good news for all, and especially Christians who long for more than ongoing arguments about being right.
  2. Horseshoe Bend, AR
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    GET OUT OF THE RUT, AND BACK IN THE GAME!
    November 6, 2014
    Doc Hilton
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    Philip Yancey, obviously, is not afraid of a challenge. In VANISHING GRACE: WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE GOOD NEWS?, Yancey takes on the entire population of modern-day Pharisees . . . that populate the pews of the 21st Century mainstream denominational churches. People who are content, complacent, and contemptuous of those who dont attend their church, or believe the way they believe. And he does so in a journalistic fashion; asking questions, searching for answers . . . and yes, reporting the truth as it is, not how we would like it to be.

    Its a difficult book to get into. I had to re-start it several times, before it started clicking for me. You see, Im probably one of those modern-day Pharisees. I want the people to walk through the door, and sit down in the pew, and listen to me. Do I work hard at preparing messages from the Word of God? Absolutely ask my family. After a 40-hour week job, and preparing for Sundays and Wednesday evenings, the only time they see me is in church.

    But Yancey has shown me, through this book, that things need to change. Scripture calls us to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. We are to shine the light of the gospel but in order for light to be effective, it has to reach the optical sensory receptors of another person. Light shown in a closet read church, isnt going to do anybody else any good. Salt seasons the Word of God, but it also serves as a preservative and it makes people thirsty for more. But the salt isnt going to do any good if it doesnt come in contact with the taste buds of another person.

    A city set on a hill cannot be hid; unless it is draped in the camouflage of traditional programs and dry-as-dust presentations.

    In another challenging book (the author is simply known as Fynn) entitled MISTER GOD, THIS IS ANNA, the precocious 6-year old engages Fynn in a simple, yet profound, conversation:

    Fynn . . . why do people go to church?

    Fynn: Well, I suppose to learn about God.

    Anna: Well then . . . WHY DO THEY KEEP GOING BACK? I think its because they didnt get Him in the first place . . . or theyre just pretending.

    For Anna . . . and I feel, for Philip Yancey . . . once you get God, youre supposed to spend the rest of your life giving Him away.

    The good news isnt good news . . . until someone gets the good news.

    5 stars for a challenging book that will change your life for the better
  3. Alabama
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written for all
    November 3, 2014
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
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    Gender: female
    Philip Yancey is probably one of my favorite authors. I like his honesty and authenticity in his writing style. I enjoy how he humbly presents his beliefs in a very Biblical way without seeming like a Pharisee.

    Vanishing Grace : Whatever Happened To The Good News? is a really good book. Yancey points out how in Biblical days, people were excited and joyful about coming to know the Christ (as he illustrates nicely), but how today people hear the name 'Jesus' and dread what follows.

    I wanted to read this book because I find myself on the compassionate side (because I've dealt with it) of wanting to share the Gospel with the unnoticed and the skeptics. Yancey himself, struggling with doubts in the past, shows grace in a fresh, unique way that I think we can learn a lot from.

    The whole purpose of this book is not to bash other Christians. That's hard to do when problems are brought up in the Church, however, we are called to love. If love were a person and you honestly think love would say, do, or think that word, action, or thought, then go ahead. If you have doubts though, think and pray.

    I was impressed with all the stories that were included in this book. Stories that tell of heartache, faith, and how Christians have done a good job representing Christ and how others have done not so great a job and how we can learn from past mistakes to a better future.

    This book is well written and I would recommend anybody, Christian or not, to read it. I would ask that you would read it through grace filled eyes and not judgemental. I hope you're as blessed and challenged by the writing as I was.

    Note: I received a free copy of this book for the exchange of a review.
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