• Impossible People

  • Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization
  • By: Os Guinness
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The church in the West is at a critical moment. While the Gospel is exploding throughout the global South, Western civilization faces militant assaults from aggressive secularism and radical Islam. Will the church resist the seductive shaping power of advanced modernity?

More than ever Christians must resist the negative cultural forces of our day with fortitude and winsomeness. What is needed is followers of Christ who are willing to face reality without flinching and respond with a faithfulness that is unwavering. Os Guinness describes these Christians as "impossible people", those who have "hearts that can melt with compassion but with faces like flint and backbones of steel who are unmanipulable, unbribable, undeterrable, and unclubbable, without ever losing the gentleness, the mercy, the grace, and the compassion of our Lord".

Few accounts of the challenge of today are more realistic, and few calls to Christian courage are more timely, resolute, and hopeful. Guinness argues that we must engage secularism and atheism in new ways, confronting competing ideas with discernment and fresh articulation of the faith. Christians are called to be impossible people serving an impossible God.

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A Timely and Timeless Challenge

This is my first book on Audible. I don't think I could have picked a better book to start with. Os just get better with time. His ability to communicate the challenge of the Church in our day is only matched by his biblical clarity of divine mission for God's people for all times. This is one that EVERY Christian should read. It may have been unfair for me to give only 3 stars for the "performance" considering the fact that I listened at 1.25 speed. It was just too slow at the normal rate.

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A Clarion Call

Without condemnation Guinness brings conviction by condensing the issues that face humanity; historically, contemporarily and eternally. The chaff is blown away and the true points of contention between differing world views laid bare. I do not presume to speak for the author, but my impression is of a message to God’s church: Awaken!

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DOES NOT DISAPOOINT

A good reminder for Christians and churches that are focused on image management more than holiness.

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  • Steven Davis
  • 09-10-21

Fruitful exegesis of our culture and a ‘prophet’ of our time

Thanks Os for another helpful and disturbingly encouraging insight into our present times in the West. Lots of practical counsel and wisdom. Great to have Os reading at the beginning and end.

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  • Trevor F.
  • 03-26-21

Possibly his best ever

The Church has a difficult task before her. Os always has good things to say and wise evaluative insights. However in this book, it is his focus from evaluation, back to the gospel, as our only true hope, which is so important. Possibly his best ever book.