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Religious writers really need to get a copy of this book by Philip Yancey


If you are a Christian writer, whether you target the “Christian” or religious market or not, you need a copy of Philip Yancey’s 1997 book, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” Heck, if you’re a writer, whether or not you consider yourself a Christian, I urge you to get a copy and read it.

As many of you know from reading my posts here and reading the “About Me” page for this blog, my faith has shaped and motivated most of my writing career. Yet it has made an immense difference in my outlook on life and writing picking up a copy of Yancey’s book. I am starting to look at life in a renewed, refreshed way — learning more about “grace” and how to both experience more grace in my life and to share more grace with others.

Through stories ranging from “down and out” people seeking help with poverty, addiction treatment for everything from alcohol abuse to drug use, and including good “church” people unknowingly failing to open their lives to grace, Yancey does a terrific job of showing what grace means by telling stories. He draws great word pictures of lives suddenly opened to grace.

If you pay attention to his excellent use of anecdotes in combination with his flawless prose, you’ll learn some good things about writing. I hope you’ll find a copy of the book, get it, read it, and reread it. Whether or not you’re a religious writer, the book will be good for your soul, I guarantee.
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