Book Reviews -- By: Matthew S. DeMoss
BSac 172:688 (October-December 2015) p. 489
By The Faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary
Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News? By Philip Yancey. Grand Rapids: Zondervan,
In this book Yancey, editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine, seeks to answer the question “Why do Christians stir up hostile feelings [among those outside the church]—and what, if anything, should we do about it?” (p.
The book is broken into four parts, or, as the author explains, “four short books, all related and bound inside the same cover” (p.
In part 2, “Grace Dispensers,” Yancey uses three models of how Christians can better reach a culture that seems to be running from Christianity—pilgrims, activists, and artists. A pilgrim is a fellow traveler on the spiritual journey, not a professional guide (p.
In part 3, “Is It Really Good News?” Yancey encourages evangelicals to put the gospel message into practice. He cites examples of people who brought change into the world by living out the gospel message. Yancey argues that living the faith makes the story of the gospel concrete. He writes, “...
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