If you read the blurb on Amazon.com about Phillip Yancey’s Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? you might think the book will be a litany of how Christians are messing up at spreading the gospel. In other words, we’ll get a righteous scolding. Who wants to read that?
Fortunately, Yancey doesn’t bash Christians.
In an engaging, honest and non-accusatory tone, Yancey cites examples of Christian statements, attitudes and behaviors that turn others off and turn some against Christianity and Christians.
The analogies are apt and illustrative. The anecdotes are ones I find myself telling others, as in, “Did you know that after Roe vs Wade …?”
There are many take-away messages for Christ’s followers, such as, “Don’t look at others as targets to convert. Look at others as ones who God loves.”
Yancey points out an instructive note in Acts 17 that Paul wisely used when talking to the people about their idols. Yancey doesn’t quote scripture much. So keep your bible handy if you’re kind of new to its contents.