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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: Bill Richards Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780310261766
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In 1987 an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived—and forgave. He said of the bombers, “I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge…I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them.” His words caught the media’s ears—and out of one man’s grief, the world got a glimpse of grace.

Grace is the church’s great distinctive. It’s the one thing the world cannot duplicate and the one thing it craves above all else—for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world. In What’s So Amazing about Grace? award-winning author Philip Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God’s love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy? 

Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific “ungrace.” Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men? Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day.

In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, “How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear?” And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, “What’s so amazing about grace?”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Kennedy | 2/16/2014

    " No new ideas of profound insights here, but it's helpful just to meditate on grace for awhile. I am struck by how little I understand grace (I keep wanting things to be earned and to "even out"). I am also convicted by how I still need to learn how to forgive. An easy read, comprised of a string of anecdotes dealing with the theme of grace. I found it moderately helpful in just getting me to think about grace on a regular basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Hooper | 2/15/2014

    " This book was incredibly thought-provoking and convicting. How often do Christians forget to show grace to this world, when we should be the greatest distributors of it? An excellent read that I highly recommend, to Christians and non-Christians alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 2/5/2014

    " Loved this book. Continuation on the theme started in "Jesus I Never Knew," about church and politics -- He doesn't believe they make good companions. Neither do I. Love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma Camargo | 1/28/2014

    " I am currently reading this book and I am enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany D | 1/27/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelia | 1/25/2014

    " Great writer! He is one my favorite Christian Theologians "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2014

    " I've read this one and a half times, not sure if I made it thru the whole thing ever or not but it is reassuring that we cannot be loved more or less than we already are now, according to Jesus no matter what we do we are saved by grace if we ask for his forgiveness...and good works aren't what get you to heaven alone. That's the jist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/15/2014

    " This is absolutely one of the most important books I've ever read and cannot recommend it highly enough. It's one of the most natural things to overlook God's grace to us and to be ungracious to others. I need to re-read this book once a year to remind myself of the presence and importance of grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manal | 12/16/2013

    " light read, simple and a beautiful reminder of the essence of the gospel/christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Howell | 11/26/2013

    " LOVE THIS BOOK, and I have read it several times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean | 11/18/2013

    " An absolute must read for anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Or for anyone how seeks to understand the real message of the Gospel and what grace really is and how it works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 11/16/2013

    " Awesome story-telling by Yancey; each chapter different stories about God's love and grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 11/10/2013

    " i'd give this book 10 stars if it were possible. please read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laverne Byas-smith | 11/2/2013

    " This book changed my faith...I've not stopped exploring the concept of God's grace since reading it! Yancey is an amazing writer, an astute cultural observer, and an honest Christian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shu Lindsey | 10/4/2013

    " "Politics, which always runs by the rules of ungrace, allures us to trade away grace for power, a temptation the church has often been unable to resist." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Kitts | 7/23/2013

    " One of my favorite authors and one of the best books I've ever read. The world is so full of ungrace; this book gives the antidote. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 7/5/2013

    " This is an amazing book. Philip Yancey is a great writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/10/2013

    " An understandable best seller, my only concern is that it can be taken as a 'cheap grace' exponent which I do not think is intended at all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/7/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 4/5/2013

    " Have read this several times vey encouraging "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kcreehan | 12/6/2012

    " Excellent book, but I'm a little slow moving through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/11/2012

    " Enjoyed this - read over a period of time to read, digest, then read another section. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/30/2012

    " What an amazing book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Zmuda | 5/30/2012

    " Some parts were dry, but most was amazing! When Yancey is good, he is really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary Walker | 5/21/2012

    " The best Christian book I have ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 10/20/2011

    " Good stories about grace and forgiveness and how undeserving any of us are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/20/2011

    " Truly an uplifting book for those who need to be reminded of God's love for us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Rider | 7/28/2011

    " Wonderful book! Very thought provoking. Would highly recommend it! "

  • 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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