Item description for Rumors of Another World: What on Earth Are We Missing? by Philip Yancey...
Overview Looks at both the visible and supernatural to search for faith, offering new perspectives on looking beyond what is visible to find meaning and purpose in life.
Publishers Description What on earth are we missing? Philip Yancey believes we are missing the supernatural hidden in everyday life. In Rumors of Another World, Yancey investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. He grapples with why God made the world and what our role truly is, and seeks to answer the question, 'How do I live in the natural world while expressing the values of the supernatural?' Philip writes, 'I have come to understand faith as the highest form of integrated encounter. Faith puts together, assembles, re-orders, accepting the entire world as God's handiwork. We live among clues, like rescuers sifting through pieces of stained glass shattered by a bomb, and only with a blueprint or some memory of original design can we begin to connect the shards, to assemble them into a pattern that makes sense of our world. 'Nature and supernature are not two separate worlds, but different expressions of the same reality. To encounter the world as a whole, we need a more supernatural awareness of the natural world.' Yancey invites readers to join him on a journey of discovery. He challenges us to tune into 'rumors of another world, ' and connect the seen with the unseen. He promises that the grace-filled result will be a life of beauty, purpose, freedom, and faith
Awards and Recognitions Rumors of Another World: What on Earth Are We Missing? by Philip Yancey has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2004 Award of Merit - Christian Living category
Citations And Professional Reviews Rumors of Another World: What on Earth Are We Missing? by Philip Yancey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/15/2003 page 64
Publishers Weekly - 08/04/2003 page 74
CBA Retailers - 09/01/2003 page 58
Christian Retailing - 09/08/2003 page 19
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More About Philip Yancey
Philip Yancey is a distinguished writer with 20 books to his credit and a total of more than seven million copies in print. His books, including The Jesus I Never Knew, What s So Amazing About Grace? and Where Is God When It Hurts? have won a total of twelve Gold Medallion Awards. He has been published in Reader s Digest, Christianity Today, and The Saturday Evening Post."
Philip Yancey currently resides in the state of Colorado. Philip Yancey was born in 1949.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Rumors Of Another World?
Adventurous Yancey! Mar 15, 2007
I especially like this one; Yancey takes a risk with this one, but it is still vintage Yancey. He explores the wild with Christian intellect. Good volume if you are a Yancey reader.
Great read Jan 9, 2007
One of the best books that our group has read. Makes for stimulating discussion. He introduces many interesting ideas.
Yancey at his best.
Great and terrible, hit and miss Jul 20, 2006
In his 'Rumors of Another World,' Yancey runs hot and cold. At his best, he's nearly a Thomas Merton, with a flare for observations that strike the reader as being fresh and deep. At his worst, he's more of a John Eldrege, superficially predisposed and irrational. [Referencing this site's 1-5 star rating scale] a five-star chapter is here often followed by a one-star chapter. Wordy, meandering incongruities fade suddenly to brilliant, penetrating soliloquies, the sublime meets the almost ridiculous. But when Yancey is good, he is very good.
"The Bible never minimizes hardship or unfairness--witness books like Job, Psalms, and Lamentations. It simply asks us to withhold final judgment until all the evidence is in. . . 'Do not be afraid' is the most frequent command in the Bible . . . We fear not getting the job we want or the lover we desire, and if we have them we fear their lose. In the face of such everyday fear, Jesus points to a lily, or a sparrow, and calmly says, Trust. Seek first the kingdom of heaven." p.217
Yancey's 'The Jesus I Never Knew' is similarly baffling in its "hot and cold" aspects, but is somewhat better overall than this volume.
Evidences of an unseen reality Jul 17, 2006
How is that the people with faith in Jesus Christ see evidence everywhere that this life is a precursor for a life to come that is more real and rewarding? Why do those without that faith not see what the faithful Christians see? Then there is that space in between in which we want to believe, but just need to see a little more proof. Such is the nature of faith. The Bible's epistle Hebrews defines faith as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Rumors of Another World gives us a look at many evidences of the truth of a hereafter as presented in the Bible. Two worlds, one which is tangible and makes up our physical existence, and another which is unseen, but is the primary focus the faithful. It is the stories of these ones that are absolutely convinced that that their citizenship is of the world to come, that give weighty evidence.
Earnest Gordon and his friends, facing the deepest and most hopeless hardships of WWII, build true community with self-sacrifice and love.
John Merrick, The Elephant Man lives his final years in joy and optimism, despite a horrifying appearance, physical disabilities, and enough abuse and rejection to make almost anyone despair of life. Instead he is creative, accepting, and even delightful as he faces his death in his mid-twenties.
Jimmy Carter, a former president of the United States, who could be living a life of ease, but instead his faith drives him to continue to teach a weekly Sunday School class and help build houses for the poor.
Nelson Mandela when released from 27 years in prison and was elected president of South Africa, asked his jailer to join him on the inauguration platform. Then he established a Truth and Reconciliation commission to heal rather than seek vengeance.
Others, who because of their convictions of the unseen world accomplish what seems impossible, serve and help in ways that could only come out faith held so deeply, that it is certainly their reality. And even though we don't see it, maybe our reality, too.
Not a book to skim through May 14, 2006
Chew slowly before swallowing. Take time to savor the nuances. Yancey serves a many-course meal with this book. Different "rumours" will reasonate with different readers but it is a pretty good bet that something here will "grab" you in a way that makes you glad to came to this feast.