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What's So Amazing About Grace? (Leader's Guide)

Paperback|Sep 2000
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The Leader's Guide to the GroupWare for groups of all sizes. Participants will explore, understand, and appreciate Christianitys greatest gift to the world, grace.

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The Leader's Guide to the GroupWare for groups of all sizes. Participants will explore, understand, and appreciate Christianitys greatest gift to the world, grace.
-Publisher

Experience the Impact of GraceIt's one thing to talk about grace; it's another to taste its power. What's So Amazing About Grace? Groupware takes you and your study group for interactive, gut-level encounters with radical, life-changing grace. Through candid video interviews, Philip Yancey integrates true-life faces and experiences with 10 powerful sessions that will rock your preconceptions, get you thinking and talking, and help you discover together why grace is more amazing than you've ever dreamed. As group leader, you'll find this Leader' Guide an invaluable companion. It makes facilitating What's So Amazing About Grace? group studies easy and enjoyable. Simply follow the clear, easy-to-follow instructions, plug in the video, and let Philip Yancey introduce you and your group to each session. The tips and insights will help you help your group experience the full, transforming impact of the What's So Amazing About Grace? Groupware. Space is provided for you to personalize each session with your own planning notes.Because this book also includes the pages from the Participant's Guide, organized to help you track page for page with your group, it's the only guidebook you need.If you're ready to discover grace as more than just a fluffy concept, buckle your seat belt. You and your group are about to take a journey to the radical heart and soul of Christianity. The next life grace changes could be yours.What's So Amazing About Grace? Groupware complete kit includes:1 120-minute video containing introductions by Philip Yancey, complete with live interviews and other material1 Participant's Guide (additional copies may be purchased separately)1 Leader's Guide with everything you need for conducting powerful sessions with minimal preparation1 hardcover copy of the book What's So Amazing About Grace?
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 150605
  • Product Code 0310233267
  • EAN 9780310233268
  • UPC 025986233266
  • Pages 128
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Ministry Resources
  • Sub-Category Courses
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Sep 2000
  • Dimensions 277 x 216 x 10mm
  • Weight 0.372kg

Philip Yancey

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as 'a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.' Yancey jokes today about being 'in recovery' from a toxic church. 'Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbour's house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn't experience much. And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.'

For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. 'I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and goodness. Along the way I realized that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.'

Ever since Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. Early on he crafted best-selling books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. He co-authored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand. 'No one has influenced me more' he says. 'We had quite a trade: I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words.' More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide.

Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for some twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life while also writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today. In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. In 1992 he and his wife Janet, a social worker and hospice chaplain, moved to the foothills of Colorado. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. 'Writing is such an introspective act that I found myself looking for ways to connect with the planet bodily. My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology (in small doses), politics, literature, and classical music.'

'I write books for myself,' he says. 'I'm a pilgrim, recovering from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me. My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about.' Yancey writes with an eye for detail, irony, and honest skepticism.

So, just how does a man who's been through all Yancey has, draw close to the God he once feared? He spends about an hour each morning reading spiritually nourishing books, meditating, and praying. This morning time, he says, helps him 'align' himself with God for the day. 'I tend to go back to the Bible as a model, because I don't know a more honest book,' Yancey explains. 'I can't think of any argument against God that isn't already included in the Bible. To those who struggle with my books, I reply, 'Then maybe you shouldn't be reading them. Yet some people do need the kinds of books I write. They've been burned by the church or they're upset about certain aspects of Christianity. I understand that feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.' He lives with his wife in Colorado.

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