Rumors of Another World

Publisher
Zondervan

Publication Date
September 2003

Author
Philip Yancey

Central Theme
We are missing the supernatural hidden in everyday life and nature and super nature are not two separate worlds, but different expressions of the same reality. To encounter the world as a whole, we need a more supernatural awareness of the natural world.

Overview
What on earth are we missing? Philip Yancey believes we are missing the supernatural hidden in everyday life.

In Rumors of Another World, Yancey investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. He grapples with why God made the world and what our role truly is, and seeks to answer the question, “How do I live in the natural world while expressing the values of the supernatural?”

Philip writes, “I have come to understand faith as the highest form of integrated encounter. Faith puts together, assembles, re-orders, accepting the entire world as God’s handiwork. We live among clues, like rescuers sifting through pieces of stained glass shattered by a bomb, and only with a blueprint or some memory of original design can we begin to connect the shards, to assemble them into a pattern that makes sense of our world.

“Nature and supernature are not two separate worlds, but different expressions of the same reality. To encounter the world as a whole, we need a more supernatural awareness of the natural world.”

Yancey invites readers to join him on a journey of discovery. He challenges us to tune into “rumors of another world,” and connect the seen with the unseen. He promises that the grace-filled result will be a life of beauty, purpose, freedom, and faith.

Beliefs num
–The supernatural is hiding in plain view in the natural.
–To see the connection between the natural and supernatural we simply need to pay attention.
–Sin is an unsaid word that explains our longing for grace and forgiveness.
–Only in seeing the connection between seen and unseen, natural and supernatural, can we find the wholeness we seek in life.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this book?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this book?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this book tell us abut who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–How do you see the natural and supernatural world connected?
–What does it mean to ‘pay attention?’
–If this is God’s world, why doesn’t it look more like it?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Throughout its pages, the Bible presents a wholistic view of reality that encompasses both the familiar visible world and an invisible world that coexists as a kind of parallel universe.
==PY.
–I find more of a spirit of reverence among secular science writers than in some theologians.
==PY.
–No society in history has attempted to live without a belief in the sacred, not until the modern West. Such a leap has consequences that we are only beginning to recognize.
==PY.

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