As a sequel to his 1997 bestselling book, What’s so Amazing about Grace? Yancey’s newest release is subtitled what ever happened to the good news? He explores the questions “what’s so good about the Good News?” and “how can Christians make a positive, grace-filled difference in a world of desperate need?” In true Yancey style, this book is a page-turner packed with stories that portray humanity’s deep craving for grace and wonderful examples of grace poured out . . . and yet so often the Church has failed to offer it, leading to a general view of Christians as judgmental of those outside the faith. These themes are developed in four sections: a world athirst, grace dispensers, is it really good news? and faith and culture. As always, the author provides excellent commentary on truly living out our beliefs in our interactions with others and influence in the world.
Although the message of the Cross may offend in pointing to repentance from sin and faith in Christ alone for salvation, Yancey’s perspective is that its message-bearers must not be offensive but overflow with the amazing grace we have received. May we uphold the whole truth AND loving ministry to the whole person, regardless of status or station in life.
I happily added Vanishing Grace to my collection of books by Philip Yancey, a favorite author that has challenged me over the years to think deeply about God and his involvement in this fallen world. I have found his writing to be Biblically-based, thought-provoking, and action-oriented in its focus on living out the Christian faith in countercultural and even religiously nonconformist ways. Just as some writers are called to systematically articulate the gospel message to stimulate doctrinal understanding, others are compelled to urge us onward and outward in offering tangible Good News to a broken and hurting world in the name of Christ. I am learning to equally appreciate both.