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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 best-selling 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.

©2019 Dr. Paul Brand, Philip Yancey (P)2019 Dr. Paul Brand, Philip Yancey

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  • 03-08-21

Intricacies of how we are made human

Who would have thought one could learn so much about our Creator God, via our human body, through the work of Dr. Brand with leprosy and other human suffering woven together with the maturing faith of Philip Yancy. A wonderful book I will read again and again.

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An allegory about the body and the body of Christ.

Describing this as an allegory is not quite right, but I heard Yancey describe it as an allegory in a podcast interview and I think that gets at a truth that other descriptions do not. There is not an allegorical story here (like Pilgrim’s Progress), but the book is largely taking the wisdom of Paul Brand’s years as a surgeon and a researcher into Lepersy and uses that knowledge to apply to the individual Christian life and the body of Christ.

Philip Yancey has rewritten and modernized the two books Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image into a new and updated book, Fearfully and Wonderfully. The science and many of the illustrations are recent, but the wisdom and stories from Brand are those from the older books.

Even though I read the older ones as a teen, I still regularly think about the central ideas, especially around pain frequently. I am not sure I would have picked this book up if it were not part of the Renovare Book Club, but because it was, I started reading the hardback. I sent the hardback to a friend and finished the book in audiobook.

I am a bit mixed on the updating. The metaphors and illustrations and science are current. But the whole book is also in Paul Brand’s voice and he passed away in 2003. The voicing is not particularly distracting, but I do find it a bit odd, but I don’t think the alternative of writing it in a different voice would have necessarily been better.

That being said, Fearfully and Wonderfully is a great book of spiritual wisdom. The spiritual wisdom of this sort is not about persuasion, but insight. No one is going to be persuaded to become a Christian because of the spiritual insights into science by a doctor even if he was an accomplished doctor. Instead, I think this type of spiritual insight should be seen as expanding on the understanding of people who are already Christians.

I think this would make an excellent book to discuss in a small group or a Sunday school class. I think the balance of personal story, science, and spiritual work keeps the book moving and interesting. And I think that Yancey, in Brand’s voice, particularly hits a number of theological points that are particularly helpful in our current cultural era.

This is one that I will pick up on kindle when it is on sale at some point in the future and read it again.

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It’s a wonderful audiobook and great narrator!!

I love this book!
It’s so interesting and intriguing!
It’s such a wonderful way to look at the world.
I completely recommend it 🤍🤍

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Body of Christ and the Church

Dr. Brand helps us have a deeper understanding of the God's Creation of man's body and the Body of CHRIST called the CHURCH...

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Wonderful update of two Christian classics

This Brand/Yancey collaboration is an combined update of two classic books on Dr. Paul Brand's ministry as a gifted surgeon devoting his life to addressing the ravages of Leprosy and applying this to his life of faith.

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Looking for something unique?

There is simply no other book that expresses the divine intricacies like "Fearfully and Woderfully Made!

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Incredible!!!!!

Incredible musings of the human body likened to spiritual realities! So inspiring to hear this man’s story and learn about his life working with leprosy patients. God is so good!

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A must read!

What an amazing book comparing our bodies to one’s life in Christ! The biology presented and comparisons rendered to our lives and sufferings in this world and God’s provision for man are eye opening and incredible!

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A story like no other

I came to see better the comparison of spiritual and physical functioning of the human body and spirit/soul as having significant parallels, and I might guess, a kind of symbiosis—which makes sense, given the creator, and that He promises, and functions in such a way as to make all things work together for good.
Well, very well written and narrated.

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Beautiful Overview of Imago Dei

One I am sure to listen to or read again. Bland and Yancey crafted a incredible story.