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Penguin's yearly offering of outstanding essays and poetry on faith and spirituality. Every year, the acclaimed Best Spiritual Writing series offers readers the opportunity to explore the most intriguing work on spirituality published in the past year. Featuring a splendid and varied selection, The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 is an elegant collection that gathers intimate, thought-provoking work by some of the nation's most esteemed writers, including Philip Yancey, Richard Rodriguez, and Robert Bly. Culled from a wide range of journals and magazines, these spiritual perspectives are expressed in pieces as diverse as the sources from which they've come. A favorite of book clubs, this makes a perfect gift for the holidays or special occasions.
PHILIP YANCEY has a way of confronting our most cherished but misguided notions about faith. In THE BIBLE JESUS READ, he challenges the perception that the New Testament is all that matters and the Old Testament isn't worth taking the time to read and understand. Yancey admits that, like many Christians, he usually avoided the Old Testament. After all, why bother with writings that can be so baffling, boring, even offensive to the modern mind? But a surprising discovery awaited Yancey when he began to explore how the Old Testament related to his life today. Those seemingly irrelevant Hebrew Scriptures took on a startling immediacy, portraying a passionate relationship between God and people against the broad backdrop of human experience. Like nothing else, the Old Testament depicts the cries, the complaints, the deep, insistent Questionings of the heart, the stuff of life we all must contend with. With his candid, signature style, Yancey interacts with the Old Testament from the perspective of his own deeply personal journey. From Moses, the amazing prince of Egypt, to the psalmists' turbulent emotions and the prophets' oddball rantings, Yancey paints a picture of Israel's God-and ours that fills in the blanks of a solely New Testament vision of the Almighty. Probing some carefully selected Old Testament books - Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets - Yancey reveals how the Old Testament deals in astonishing depth and detail with the issues that trouble us most. The Old Testament in fact tackles what the New Testament often only skirts. But that shouldn't surprise us. It is, after all, the Bible Jesus read. THE BIBLE JESUS READ will give you abundant new insights into the heart of God the Father. And as _you read with a fresh edge, the prayers, poems, songs, and bedtime stories that Jesus so revered, _you will gain a profound new understanding of Christ. "The more we comprehend the Old Testament," Yancey writes, "the more we comprehend Jesus." PHILIP YANCEY serves as editor-at-large for CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine. He has written eight Gold Medallion Award-winning books, including WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS? DISAPPOINTMENT WITH GOD, and THE GIFT OF PAIN. His books THE Jesus I NEVER KNEW and WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE? were also awarded the Book of the Year.
WHY BOTHER WITH CHURCH? Maybe you've asked yourself that question, even as you've rolled dutifully out of bed each Sunday. Or perhaps rolling out is a thing of the past. The question has long since become your answer: Why bother? In response, award-winning author and journalist Philip Yancey shares snapshots from his own pilgrimage away from and back to the church. Growing up in a strict fundamentalist church in Georgia, Yancey knows firsthand the different reasons people leave church. Many of them were the same reasons that kept him away until he took a deeper look at what the church is really about. In Church: Why Bother? Yancey offers a thought-provoking and honest portrait of God's redemptive power released through the fallible human beings that make up the church. Yancey does not whitewash the church's faults. Rather, he sets them against the overwhelming balance of its strengths: its heart for God, its care for the hurting, its outreach to the lost, and its value as family and community. And he reminds us that, for all its shortcomings, it is the body of Christ--God's chosen agent for bestowing grace on a grace-starved world.
An Atlanta slum. A pod of whales off the coast of Alaska. The prisons of Peru and Chile. The plays of Shakespeare. A health club in Chicago. For those with eyes to see, traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places. Yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they've overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope. In this enlightening book, author Philip Yancey serves as an insightful tour guide for those willing to look beyond the obvious, pointing out glimpses of the eternal where few might think to look. Whether finding God among the newspaper headlines, within the church, or on the job, Yancey delves deeply into the commonplace and surfaces with rich spiritual insight. Finding God in Unexpected Places takes listeners from Ground Zero to the Horn of Africa, and each stop along the way reveals footprints of God, touches of his truth, and grace that prompt listeners to search deeper within their own lives for glimpses of transcendence.
a personal journey to discover the biblical Jesus and this motivations and thought. Through this, we learn what it means to be a true follower of Christ.
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Walk with Philip Yancey through the borderlands of belief--a place between doubt and faith and see if you don't find a hopeful new perspective for your life.
Philip Yancey, whose explorations of faith have made him a guide for millions of readers, feels no need to defend the church. "When someone tells me yet another horror story about the church, I respond, 'Oh, it's even worse than that. Let me tell you my story.'I have spent most of my life in recovery from the church."Yancey acknowledges that many spiritual seekers find few answers and little solace in the institutional church. "I have met many people, and heard from many more, who have gone through a similar process of mining truth from their religious past: Roman Catholics who flinch whenever they see a nun or priest, former Seventh Day Adventists who cannot drink a cup of coffee without a stab of guilt, Mennonites who worry whether wedding rings give evidence of worldliness."How did Yancey manage to survive spiritually despite early encounters with a racist, legalistic church that he now views as almost cultic? In this, his most soul-searching book yet, he probes that very question. He tells the story of his own struggle to reclaim belief, interwoven with inspiring portraits of notable people from all walks of life, whom he calls his spiritual directors. Soul Survivor is his tribute to thirteen remarkable individuals, mentors who transformed his life and work.Besides recalling their effect on him, Yancey also provides fresh glimpses of the lives and faith journeys of each one. From the scatterbrained journalist G. K. Chesterton to the tortured novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, to contemporaries such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Annie Dillard, and Robert Coles, Yancey gives inspiring portraits of those who modeled for him a life-enhancing rather than a life-constricting faith."I became a writer, I now believe, to sort out and reclaim words used and misused by the Christians of my youth," Yancey says. "These are the people who ushered me into the Kingdom. In many ways they are why I remain a Christian today, and I want to introduce them to other spiritual seekers."Soul Survivor offers illuminating insights that will enrich the lives of veteran believers and cautious seekers alike. Yancey's own story, unveiled here as never before, is a beacon for those who seek to rejuvenate their faith, and for those who are still longing for something to have faith in.From the Hardcover edition.
Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in WHAT GOOD IS GOD? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: Mumbai, India when the firing started during the terrorist attacks; at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre; an AA convention; and even to a conference for women in prostitution. At each of the 10 places he visited, his preparation for the visit and exactly what he said to the people he met each provided evidence that faith really does work when what we believe is severely tested. WHAT GOOD IS GOD? tells the story of Philips journey--the background, the preparation, the presentations themselves. Here is a story of grace for armchair travelers, spiritual seekers, and those in desperate need of assurance that their faith really matters.
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