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Rumors of another world : what on earth are we missing?
Yancey, Philip.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [2003]

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262 pages ; 24 cm
Life in part -- Rumors -- Paying attention -- God loveth adverbs -- Designer sex -- Out of order -- A word unsaid -- The good life -- The gift of guilt -- Why believe? -- Earth matters -- Eyes of faith -- Practicing the existence of God -- Stereoscopic vision.
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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.

Author Notes

Philip Yancey is a journalist and writer who writes a featured column in Christianity Today. The author of more than a dozen books. He is the recipient of a Christianity Today Book of the Year Award, two ECPA Book of the Year Awards, and eleven Gold Medallions. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado.

(Publisher Provided) Philip Yancey received graduate degrees in communication and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He worked as a journalist in Chicago for about twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life and writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest and the Saturday Evening Post. He is an editor at large of Christianity Today. His Christianity Today column ran from 1985 to 2009.

He is the author of numerous books including Disappointment with God, Where Is God When It Hurts?, The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace?, The Bible Jesus Read, Reaching for the Invisible God, Rumors of Another World, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, and What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters. He has received 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a work that is startling and original, Yancey (What's So Amazing About Grace?; The Jesus I Never Knew) writes for people on the "borderlands" of Christian faith: those who may have been scarred by bad church experiences, or those who simply have more doubts and questions than they have faith. Most people, he says, perceive "rumors of another world" while inhabiting this one; they long for something more, and yearn for belief in God's transcendence. We substitute other things for God in order to fill this void. (In a chapter that by itself is worth the price of admission, Yancey claims that our culture's fascination with sex stems from the fact that sex is one of the only transcendent, mysterious experiences remaining in the contemporary West.) The quality of Yancey's writing-and his thinking-are simply superb. He is fond of modern literary giants like Simone Weil, Virginia Woolf and Evelyn Waugh and is apt to defer to the insights of 20th-century poets such as T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. He also draws from his understanding of God-in-nature (shades of Annie Dillard here) and from his travels all over the world, using Tasmanian sheep to illustrate a point about human freedom and Costa Rican leatherback turtles to demonstrate "the mixed messages in nature." One particularly powerful chapter discusses the thorny-and unpopular-topics of guilt and repentance. Yancey, one of the Christian market's best writers, shows a marvelous ability to speak to the world outside that market. (Sept. 2) Forecast: To promote this book, Yancey will do a 12-city national tour, the first-ever book tour for this author, who in the last 25 years has sold more than seven million books. He will also be the featured speaker for a live broadcast on September 14 on the Church Communication Network, with 1,500 subscribing churches. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The spiritual world is not obvious, and God does not force anyone to believe in God. There are, however, clues, or "rumors," as author and editor Yancey calls them, to the spiritual all around us. We simply need to be attentive to them. Yancey (What's So Amazing About Grace?; Where Is God When It Hurts?) aims to help readers, especially those who are not religious but suspect that the spiritual exists, to tune into the rumors. Some are familiar, such as the complexity of living beings or the beauty of nature. Others are not so quickly associated with the spiritual, such as sexual pleasure. Yancey makes it clear, especially to those on the "borderlands" of faith, that these and many other rumors are all indications of the spiritual world. His skill as an award-winning author is evident throughout this engaging volume. Highly recommended, especially for collections of Christian inspirational reading.-John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.