Impossible People

Impossible People

Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization

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?

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ECPA 2017 Christian Book Award Finalist

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, full of courage and mercy in challenging times.

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Contents

  • Introduction: Found Faithful
  • 1. New World, Old Challenge
  • 2. The Greatest Challenge Ever
  • 3. The War of Spirits
  • 4. Exploring the Heart of Darkness
  • 5. Life with No Amen
  • 6. Yesterday, Today, Forever
  • 7. Give Us the Tools
  • Afterword: A Time to Stand
  • Notes
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index
  • Scripture Index

Specification

ISBN 9780830844654
Format Hardback
First published June 2016
Dimensions 148mm x 217mm x 22mm
Language English
Pages 239
Publisher IVP
Endorsements

Amy Orr-Ewing

Director, The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics

With his unique blend of incisive clarity and prophetic vision, Os Guinness has written a book that will challenge, encourage, and awaken us to live wholeheartedly for Christ in this 'grand clarifying moment.' I recommend Impossible People as a book for such a time as this.

Gabe Lyons

Founder of Q, author of Good Faith

Every time I sit down to read the prophetic words of Os Guinness, I feel my spine strengthen and my mind perk up. His clear writing and earned wisdom bring both courage and uncertainty; for while we can't predict where our culture will head, we can rely on the truth that guides and emboldens every generation to meet the moment for which we've been called.

Eric Metaxas

New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

Os Guinness is a prophet. Hear him.

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