FOR CENTURIES , religion writers have shared their views on the grace of God in countless articles and books. Among today's writers on this theme, perhaps no one has been more successful than Philip Yancey, who told the Sentinel in an interview that nothing has brought him warmer response than his book what's So Amazing About Grace?

There, he points out that people speak of grace pretty often. But do they understand it? he asks. More important, do they truly believe in it? And do their lives proclaim it as powerfully as their words?

Yancey remarked that he gets as many letters of appreciation for that book from high school and college students as he does from older people. "The young people are still forming their approach to life and its problems," he said, "and the power of grace strikes a chord with them. So they say, 'That's the spirit I want.'" Older people, on the other hand, are more apt to say, with gentle regret, "Oh, what might have been if only I'd known this years before!"

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