Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived The Church by Philip Yancey

The title of Philip Yancey’s book caught my eye. 

Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived The Church

There are lots of things that frustrate me about the intuition of church. 

The politics.

The religiosity.

The people.

What I was looking for were some answers to how to deal with these issues, what the book was about the people that shaped Yancey’s faith and theology.  This was greatly encouraging as I began to realize that God has used a small collection of people to help shape my theology and faith in the mist of my frustration. 

These are the relationships I wouldn’t have had – if it wasn’t for church.

Yancey’s list is interesting and to some controversial.  Some of the people he met and interacted with, some he only read about and some were not even “Christian”.  Some were well know political figures, some people were not well known at all. Who were they?  Here is his list:

Martin Luther King Jr.

G.K. Chesterton

Dr. Paul Brand

Dr. Robert Coles

Leo Tolstoy

Feodor Dostoevsky

Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. C. Everett Koop

John Donne

Annie Dillard

Frederick Buechner

Shusaku Endo

Henri Nowen

Each person on his list helped him to form his thoughts, philosophy and life actions in different areas of thoughts blended into a beautiful strength of ideas to help propel him toward a deeper relationship with Christ.  His soul survived church because he surround himself with people that modeled a Christ like behavior that he wanted to imitate.

The book is a challenging read and leaves you wondering who you would write about in a similar book about your own life shaping relationships. 
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