Fearfully and Wonderfully

Fearfully and Wonderfully Discover This Updated And Combined Edition Of Two Bestselling Books The Human Body Holds Endlessly Fascinating Secrets The Resilience Of Skin, The Strength And Structure Of The Bones, The Dynamic Balance Of The Muscles Your Physical Being Is Knit According To A Pattern Of Stunning Purpose Now Gold Medallion Winners Fearfully And Wonderfully Made And In His Image Have Been Completely Revised And Updated To Offer A New Audience Timeless Reflections On The Body Join Renowned Leprosy Surgeon Dr Paul Brand And Bestselling Writer Philip Yancey On A Remarkable Journey Through Inner Space A Spellbinding Account Of Medical Intervention, Pain And Healing, And The Courage Of Humanity Discover Here The Eternal Truths Revealed By Our Seemingly Ordinary Existence The Human Body Is A Window Into The Very Structure Of God S Creation And A Testament To God S Glory Are you ready for some Good Biology and some Good Theology If your answer is yes, then grab a copy of this book and dig in Start reading, start thinking and start learning As you read, think and learn, your faith will grow.As humans, we have so much to be thankful for as we acknowledge that we are fearfully and wonderfully made While reading through this enlightening book, I am encouraged to be thankful for the very cells that make up the various and complicated systems that make living as a human an awesome adventure.I loved when the author shared his thoughts about the vast amounts of specialized, individual cells that cooperate with and compliment each other to form human bodies, much like so many unique individuals with specialized skills and talents make up local churches On a grander scale, each local church with its preferred style of worship, teaching and nurturing, contributes greatly and diversely to the greater Church.I loved the lessons and analogies of human skin and the church Skin is the first visible thing that we notice human to human What does the skin of the church look and feel like to outsiders and newcomers Is it warm and touchable Do these same outsiders and newcomers see the fruit of the Spirit on our skin Or, are they met with skin which has been hardened with callouses and is devoid of any much needed empathy I was intrigued by the rewording of the 10 commandments They were presented and offered as positive affirmations, while explaining the reasoning and wisdom behind the original forbidding commands They are a strong, reliable guide to living our best life in freedom while being protected with healthy, wise and safe boundaries I will definitely be sharing these ideas with others.What really drew me in were the author s thoughts on legalism and its dangers He put into words and explained so very well, the feelings and beliefs that I already had.While reading this book, I was challenged and reminded to use my existence to present God s presence to our hurting world by being there for others, by loving others and by touching them All of us are fearfully and wonderfully made.I received a complimentary copy of this book from InterVarsity Press through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This new, combined and updated edition of Yancey Brand s classic work is inspiring and challenging Brand s knowledge of the human body is at times overwhelming but his ability to make it understandable and relatable makes the book a treasure trove of biology and theology The book is full of great stories and clear word pictures It will make you think and it will challenge you to live out your faith in a profound way I am so glad to see this updated version released and hope it inspires a whole new generation to live into being made in God s image. Fearfully and Wonderfully is a combined and updated edition of two of Dr Paul Brand s previous books Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image I ve read other books by Dr Brand, but not these two, so much of it was new to me He talked about various parts of the body bones, blood, brain, skin, etc and each of the senses His descriptions create a sense of wonder at how marvelously God designed the human body He also told stories about people he has helped that didn t have a properly functioning sense of pain like his leprosy patients or hearing or kidney or whatever For each body part, he connected this information to references in the New Testament to the Body of Christ He explained how understanding the human body has helped him better understand how the Body of Christ should function, and he shared theses interesting insights I d highly recommend this interesting and insightful book.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. A masterpiece by one of the greatest Christian writers of our generation Phillip Yancey teamed with Dr Paul Brand to write a book about Dr Brand s treatment of leprosy patients in India The passages about the wonder of the human body are fascinating The writers use the physical body as an illustration of the church, the Body of Christ The book is fascinating reading, even if you are not interested in the spiritual issues As the Psalmist wrote, we are fearfully and wonderfully made Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a prepublication copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 5 starsThis is probably one of the most interesting and fascinating Christian books I have read in a very long time I love how Dr Brand sees the beauty and pain in life through his work with leprosy patients and yet he also connects it all to God Brand recounts his work and God s presence within every segment of his life He is truly a fascinating man and had an incredible impact on both the secular and the Christian world Phillip Yancey has done a remarkable job of relating this man s astonishing life and legacy.I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley The views given are my own FearfullyandWonderfully NetGalley Little did I know, when I began Fearfully and Wonderfully by Dr Paul Brand and Philip Yancey, what an insightful and informative book I had picked up Those who are disturbed by medical discussions of body parts may find the descriptions upsetting so do be careful I found them fascinating.Written from the perspective of a Christian missionary doctor who spent his life working with those suffering from leprosy, each function of the body is examined, explained and related to Christianity, It is both enlightening about the body and the faith.Pain, being my companion through my CRPS, gained descriptions I have sought in my desire to share my experience I also developed a deeper appreciation for the pain I do have which leprosy patients don t which causes so much of their disability and isolation One such description highlight how pain should have a volume control Apart from this volume switch through which sensations pass, I could not wear wool or other coarse clothing my body would incessantly remind me of its scratchy presence and I could hardly concentrate on anything else so well explains how my clothes feel in a CRPS flare up.Dr Paul Brand eloquently shares his appreciation for pianists and their magnificent performances which only further endeared him to me, being a pianist myself and loving classical music.Some of my favourite lines include It is a supreme mystery that God has chosen to convey likeness through millions of ordinary people like us Somehow he Jesus moved compliantly among diverse groups without compromising his good news message of love and forgiveness But if we fail to find fellowship in our mutual obedience to Christ, our actions will be seen not as the counterbalancing forces necessary for movement, but as spastic, futile contractions In the spiritual Body, a cell must submit to orders from the Head, for only the Head can judge the needs of the whole Body It is inspiring, captivating and easy to read from start to finish I highly recommend it and give it a five out of five on the en JOY ment scale. First sentence A curtain screened my group of interns and medical students from the rest of the forty bed ward at a training hospital in Vellore, India.Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is an updated and combined edition of two classic books Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image I have not read either book before so I m not sure exactly how these two are merged together I am curious though The book is one doctor s perspective on the human body and its Creator What can learning about the human body teach us about our Creator What spiritual lessons can be gleamed from the natural world One thing is stressed throughout the book we are God s image bearers The church especially has the unique opportunity to do God s work on earth and be a blessing to the world In the first chapter he writes, we can take on God s qualities compassion, mercy, love, gentleness and express them to a needy, broken world As spirit, God remains invisible, relying on us to make that spirit visible It is a supreme mystery that God has chosen to convey likeness through millions of ordinary people like us We bear that image collectively, as a Body, because any one of us taken individually would present an incomplete image, one partly false and always distorted, like a single glass chip hacked from a mirror Yet in all our diversity we can come together as a community to bear something of God s image in the world Towards the end of the book, he shares, When God seems unreal, we can demonstrate that reality to others by expressing Christ s love and character Some may see this as God s failure to respond to our deepest needs My God, why have you forsaken me I see it as a calling for the rest of the Body to unify and to embody the love of God I say this carefully we can show love when God seems not to I enjoyed reading this one I did I liked hearing his personal stories stories about his family, his experiences on the mission field, his experiences with patients, his experiences as a student, etc I liked his insights as well He offers much food for thought. I had read several of Philip Yancey s books and was familiar with who Dr Paul Brand was, so when I saw this book it intrigued me This is a reissue and update of two books published a number of years ago It will be of benefit to any Christian with an interest in health or science to learn about the wonders of the human body as designed by God I think it would also be a good resource to give to a non Christian who was open to learning about God, especially if they have a health background As a nutritionist and committed Christian I highly recommend this book. This is a fascinating depiction of the inner workings of the human body, used as an analogy for spiritual truths within the Christian church, the Body of Christ I appreciated the clear description of the various body systems, most of which we are completely unaware of In fact, we can spend our whole lives totally ignorant of them and how they work, and we will still live just fine But this is eye opening to read The authors bring three layers of analogies to play In the first level, the body s systems are described, then compared to something in the outside world to help us understand better the workings inside ourselves One of my favorites is comparing the blood system with its arteries and veins to a giant river, coursing through all countries of the world, with rafts and boats carrying all sorts of goods and performing lots of caring and cleaning functions The second level of analogies goes into the spiritual side of life, comparing the bodily system just described to a spiritual truth of our personal relationship to God The third layer moves on to the worldwide church, called the body of Christ in the Bible These three layers are presented sometimes in order, sometimes together, creating a fresh and thought provoking read I have always been fascinated by all things medical TV shows, movies, books, even experiences with medical care so I especially enjoyed this book Highly recommend I received access to an advance copy of this book in order to give a review It is being released for purchase on August 6. A number of years ago, I heard of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, but never got around to reading it I did not know what I was missing until I read this newly updated version of the book After only a chapter or two, I was hooked If I could have read a book like this when I was first being introduced to science and health, I have no doubt I would have had a greater appreciation of both subjects Dr Paul Brand and Philip Yancey teamed up to write a masterpiece that clearly describes how fearfully and wonderfully we truly are made I love the fact that this is not just a book about the human body, although the information is presented in a very understandable manner Using the various systems of the body to describe how the Body of Christ should operate with each of us fulfilling a specific function makes it a must read for Christians Above all else, I found it most interesting that Dr Brand, who worked with leprosy patients in India and Louisiana, made the material far memorable by sharing stories of leprosy patients to demonstrate how the lack of healthy systems in the body can ultimately bring about death, just as the lack of health in Christians can result in death to a local church The lessons shared are worth the time spent reading the book I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher This is my honest review All opinions are strictly my own FearfullyandWonderfully

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  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully
  • Dr. Paul Brand
  • 19 August 2017
  • 9780830845705