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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Philip Yancey, Philip D. Yancey, Bill Richards Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780310261254
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In 1998, What's So Amazing About Grace? was chosen as the Gold Medallion Book of the Year. Stamped with Philip Yancey's journalistic gift for inquiry and personal passion for truth, this provocative best-seller has challenged and inspired thousands of readers with a vision of the radical grace that is the church's great distinctive. Now What's So Amazing About Grace? comes to you in complete, unabridged audio format. Everything is here. All the penetrating insights. All the challenging, deeply personal perspectives. You'll find them inside, with the immediacy and convenience of audio cassette. We speak of grace often, but do we understand it? More important, do we truly believe in it . . . and do our lives proclaim it as powerfully as our words? In What's So Amazing About Grace? the best-selling author of The Jesus I Never Knew gives us a probing and impassioned look at grace: what it looks like . . . what it doesn't look like . . . and why only Christians can and must reveal the grace the world is searching for. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Little by little, Yancey guides us into a clearer understanding of grace by using stories, in much the same way Jesus did.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Yancey’s measured prose and his insights…make the book worth reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Yancey’s well-written and engaging book will continue to nourish readers’ hunger for spiritual sustenance long after it has answered the appetites of an initial burst of consumers.” 

    Booklist

  • Winner of Christian Book Award Winner, 1998
  • Winner of Christian Book of the Year, 1998
  • Winner of Gold Book Award - ECPA, 2002

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Behringer | 2/20/2014

    " As Yancy usually does, he tackles the hard issues, especially "ungrace" among Christians. He quotes a prostitute about church, "Church! Why would I ever go there? I was already feeling terrible about myself. They'd just make me feel worse." The first section is a beautiful exposition of grace. Yancy uses "Babette's Feast" as a model of grace. C.S. Lewis overheard a debate about Christianity's unique contribution to the world and he responded, "That's easy: Grace." This book establishes the uniqueness of the Christian teaching of grace and the need of the world for this message. Philip Yancy has had the experience of being the target of hate mail from Christians. He makes the point that grace should be the strongest witness of our behavior -- he urges us to imagine feminists who, while disagreeing with the Scriptural teaching of the roles of men and women, would have to grudgingly admit that Christian men love their wives like no one else, or gays who reject Christian teaching regarding homosexuality would concede that the best AIDS-HIV care was lovingly provided by Christians. This book also contains an on-target assessment of why law can never do what the gospel can -- the law can close stores, but not make you worship; it can make divorce difficult but cannot make a husband love his wife, etc. I also enjoyed the analogy in Chapter 19, "Patches of Green," where after a forest fire, the first patches of new growth were seen where an elk / moose died. Where Christians once thrived there will be elements of grace that show themselves. Another interesting observation was on Matthew 7 where Jesus says, "I never knew you," on the Last Day, we would expect Him to tell unbelievers, "You never knew Me." But their hearts were closed to Him -- they never admitted their evil thoughts and sins. Yancy uses Romans 6-7 to deal with the objection "Why be good, if you get forgiven?" (pages 183-191) A good book to reread regularly, so we grow in grace! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete Bartel | 2/20/2014

    " Good, somewhat anecdotal book about grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 2/16/2014

    " I have been orbiting this book for years, meaning to open its pages, but not getting around to it. A friend commented on it a week ago and the next thing I found I'd put it in the audible library. Catholics are in the midst of a so-called Year of Grace. There are books around which inform us about Christian teaching of grace and even debates on it. They have their place and we do well to be informed on Christian teaching. There are also books around on the experience of God's grace - on where it has been seen and where we would love to see it. Philip Yancey's book is about the experience of God's grace. It is full of stories and examples, is readable and the best way to find out is to have a read, or, as I did, have a listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonja | 2/4/2014

    " Such a great book to help you understand God's so amazing grace. Yancey is an amazing writer who is not afraid to ask the hard questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Taylor | 2/3/2014

    " One of the best books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/18/2014

    " I was completely enthralled by this book. It took me forever to read because I needed to stop, re-read, and (since it was a library book) copy down quotes. The things he says about grace and the need for Christians to demonstrate to the world God's grace touched a deep place in my heart. I have at times been myself judgmental of Christians but as I read this book I was reminded of my own ungraceful behaviors and attitudes. More than anything I was challenged to try and live a more grace-filled life as a representation of and testament to the savior I love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndy Lee | 1/12/2014

    " This book I need to read again! It's been several years but I love this book and felt the need to pass it on to friends..so I shall repurchase! It's meant to be shared. There are true life and historical testimonies of how wonderful and liberating God's grace through Jesus Christ is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanchia Goosen | 1/9/2014

    " Enjoyed rereading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly B. | 1/3/2014

    " I read this for the in-person book club I'm in. I really liked Yancey's message throughout the book, namely that the unique characteristic of Christianity is the offering of grace and that Christians need to practice forgiveness the way they did back in Jesus's time. I completely agree with Yancy that society's prevailing impression of Christians is that they're a bunch of judgmental exclusionists rather than grace-filled, generous people. I'm a Christian, but I sometimes inwardly cringe when I proclaim it due to the negative thoughts the word evokes. It's sad and frustrating to me that so many Christians are so eager to pass judgement and be unforgiving when that was exactly the opposite of what Jesus stood for. Although I really liked Yancy's message, I had a tough time not getting bored with the book, mainly because it's non-fiction and I generally don't enjoy non-fiction as much. 2.5 stars, rounded to 3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary Walker | 1/3/2014

    " The best Christian book I have ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnathan Scott | 12/17/2013

    " Grace is the one unique thing Christianity has to offer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Twila | 12/11/2013

    " I agree with the author. We live in a world with little grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katarina | 12/8/2013

    " One of those books that's probably good to read once a year. Grace in action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Rodgers | 11/26/2013

    " This book has brought me more peace than any other book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 11/6/2013

    " Awesome. I learned a lot about grace and how to give and receive it. What does a life full of grace look like? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannen Rook | 10/31/2013

    " Excellent book on finding grace and what it can mean or be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Kramer | 10/27/2013

    " Yancey makes the concept of grace easier to grasp with a fresh understanding of God's gift to us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany D | 10/26/2013

    " Loved it at the time, but it's been several years since I've read this one. It did leave me feeling so free that I splashed around in the ocean like a kid when I was finished...not sure what the effect would be now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny C. | 10/26/2013

    " This book changed my life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia | 9/23/2013

    " Haven't quite finished this yet and feel I probably need to re-read it anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara Albright | 1/7/2013

    " Beautifully written book about God's grace and his love for us... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/25/2012

    " This is a MUST read. The is one of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Effie Darlene | 10/4/2012

    " Very well presented; a little slow reading for me because it contains more in story form (which is great for some); but less in scripture itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 young mi | 8/31/2012

    " Grace is given to the undeserved. If we've received it, we must give it to others. Unforgiveness keeps only the unforgiver imprisoned in bitterness and hate. Forgiveness frees us all forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana Olson | 8/13/2012

    " In process "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Baker | 6/16/2012

    " I first read this book after reading The Jesus I Never Knew over ten years ago. As I reread it last week, I was once again "amazed" at how well Philip Yancey writes and how clearly he makes his points. Now I'm going to reread some of his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 6/5/2012

    " HE LOVES US! He wants us to be with Him in glory forever and we can't earn His grace and forgiveness, just accept it. That is grace. Mercy is Him sparing us from hell, grace is the gift of eternal life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 k.wing | 5/4/2012

    " a good pacifier for a baby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Vanblarcom | 3/27/2012

    " Yancey takes us back to the fundamentals of Christianity (grace!) and puts it in the context of todays world with todays challenges. The message is so relevant yet so challenging. Paradigm shaping! If every Christian read and embraced the "the scandal of grace" it would rock the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glynis | 3/17/2012

    " An absolutely life-changing book for me (and I don't say that lightly). Christians could and should take a page from this book and begin to exude a bit more grace to a world that is thirsty for it. Every Christian needs to read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/18/2012

    " Filled with stuff that you "know" - but forget. Great reminder, well written... hope I don't wait so long next time to re-read. It was especially fun to read/discuss with high schoolers this time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob Van | 1/5/2012

    " This book is an ode to grace. Yancey uses a series of stories, both fictional and nonfictional, to take the reader through an experience of God's grace. I wept through the book. It served as a great reminder and I look forward to reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudine | 9/18/2011

    " A well-written book, opening one's outlook on grace given freely by God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 5/23/2011

    " This is the best book for Christian small group discussion that I have encountered. He is a great writer with wonderful examples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 4/26/2011

    " Amazing book with lots of thought-provoking ideas "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AE | 4/19/2011

    " Excellent Book about learning one of life's most important lessons: FORGIVENESS! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 4/11/2011

    " This book is an absolute MUST read. Especially for anyone who grew up in a traditional or religious church background. Yancey does not denounce the church, rather he seeks to inform Christians that God focuses on grace but the church has oft forgotten this truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guna | 3/22/2011

    " After a discourse on what grace is, Yancey asks why it is so hard to find today among Christians. It made me think more deeply about grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarivel.ann | 3/21/2011

    " I thought I had a pretty good understanding of God's grace until this book. Read it initially for a Communications class at Biola, but have read it several times since. Each chapter is totally marked up with underlining and my own notes. Grace is amazing, indeed. :)( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/14/2011

    " Insightful and uplifting book for Christians and anybody in need of 'Grace.' Which is all of us, really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudinehughes | 3/7/2011

    " A well-written book, opening one's outlook on grace given freely by God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ericaisrich | 2/20/2011

    " A must read for every Christian seeking to improve their faith. Lots of quotable quotes. Philip Yancey is as usual, very good at expressing complex theology into simple language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 2/16/2011

    " A great book...REALLY challenges you on what you are putting out there as Christian. What IS grace? This book will tell you. Yancey is so great about challenging everything you think you know...or answering the hard questions you want to know! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/26/2011

    " I loved the book. The situations he use to describe peoples problems and how grace came through. He pulls upon bible truths and opens them up with expert clarity. I recomend the book as an essential read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2011

    " Awesome book by an incredible author. Philip Yancey is not afraid to ask the tough questions and does his best to search out answers to those questions. He is not afraid to say, "I just don't know". I request him immensely for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/2/2011

    " I love everything Philip Yancey writes. This book is a breath of fresh air for anyone struggling with tenets of a fundamentalist view of life.
    It offers hope and rest for your weary, overloaded, guilt ridden soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen | 1/1/2011

    " One of the most profound books on the underlying exclusive nature of Christianity, only through the life, death, and resurrection of the Messiah: Grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 12/23/2010

    " Read this a long time ago and it really reshaped my views on society. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.