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Finding God in Unexpected Places (Christian Softcover Originals) [Paperback]

By Philip Yancey (Author)
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Sometimes we work so hard to see God we don't realize he's been right there all the time. In this new collection of penetrating, inspirational vignettes, best-selling author Philip Yancey helps us see signs of God's presence in all the overlooked and even ordinary times of life. Whether he is working out in a Chicago health club, talking to the chief propagandists of a formerly atheistic nation, enduring his first diet, or stumbling across a broadcast of Donahue, Philip Yancey has learned to detect the movement of God in everyday and unexpected places. Here he shares what he has seen, and with his hallmark insight and eloquence helps us sharpen our vision for signs of God's presence in our own lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Large Print
Studio: Walker Large Print
Pages   411
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Walker Large Print
Edition  Large Type  
ISBN  1594152500  
ISBN13  9781594152504  

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Philip Yancey

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:

Philip Yancey currently resides in the state of Colorado. Philip Yancey was born in 1949.

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Meaty-yet-effortless collection of typically, happily Yanceyan essays  Apr 2, 2008
Yancey is, as always, superlatively competent in communicating his sometimes profound reflections on God, humanity, Christianity, society, grace, nature, and heroes (sung and unsung) in this collection of essays culled largely from his periodic columns in Christianity Today magazine. The essays are never hurt-your-head dense, but they are often inspirationally and substantively thought-provoking, which makes this an excellent book for casual coffee table or bathroom reading.
Finding God was Good  Jan 10, 2007
I liked this book, however, I've enjoyed other Yancey books far better. With good reason, he concentrates on documenting historical facts & stories of people being generous and selfless and Christlike. It's there in his book title.

But I thought it needed more of a "how to" angle. Yancey seems to have a grocery list of stories here, rather than relatable stories of encouragement & instruction. It was good, but it lacks that extra power to make it as outstanding as his other works. I give it a B-.
God is God in Tragedy  May 21, 2006
Philip Yancey needs to understand that God is everywhere. God is in Hurricaine Katrina. God is in control of the complete destruction of property in New Orleans. There is no place God is Not. It is important for Christians to "Find God in Tragedy." If your loved one died in that mine explosion in Kentucky, you have to humble yourself and find God in that tragedy. A true Christian must be able to pray: "Thank you God in killing my husband in that mine tragedy because I recognize that you are in complete control of the world as the Creator. Give me faith to accept your will for my life."

Of course, not all people who go to church are truly born again and it is in times of tragedy that we see who is truly born again. A truly born again Christian will praise God for the death of a loved one, which happens by God's will.

Finding God in Unexpected Places completely ignores the character of God as Creator and Sustainer of all things. Philip Yancey needs to re-read his Bible before writing his next book. His books does true Christianity disservice.
nice collection of essays  Apr 1, 2006
One of the hardest things about reading or reviewing a book is to accept it for what it is, rather than what it isn't. If you are looking for one of Yancey's highly focused theological/apologetic works, this isn't it. If you want one of the most insightful minds in the Christian community looking at the way God is at work in the world, this book is for you.

Largely culled from his back page essays at Christianity Today and revised for the post 9/11 reader, Yancey sees the unexpected places God is at work in the world. Perhaps most importantly for those of us in a pampered, consumer driven culture, he reminds us that grace is found in the hard work of being faithful when God isn't evident and when we are the counterculture. He sees large events such as 9/11, the Cold War and the fall of communism as more than political events, but places where God is doing some of His best work, because god's people are busy doing God's workl in those places.

I find Yancey to be most exciting as a writer when he is able to let his mind run free to find the unexpected insight. These columns are where I think he is at his best.

Highly recommend
Yancey-Finding God  Aug 9, 2005
Well written, with a down home type of style that is common to most of Yancey's work. A little slow in developing the point, but a nice read to get to the point.

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