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When an avid reader of Christian books heard that I'd found Philip Yancey's 17th book tough going at times, she challenged me boldly: "The give me one good reason why I should read it."

My answer: "For its encouragement to deepen your own exploration of the Scriptures to see what you've been missing."

I went on to explain that Yancey doesn't pretend to know all the answers to the questions his new book poses. In fact he can be so honest, so self-effacing, that you want to shake him and remind him that—at least for the book's 262 pages—he's the leader. But how much easier it is to join him when he disarms you up front by saying that he wrote the book "not so much to convince anyone else as to think out loud in hopes of coming to terms with my own faith."

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In the aftermath of Isabel
October 13, 2003

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