Review of Rumors of Another World

Title: Rumors of Another World
Author: Philip Yancey
Date Completed: 01/17/2004

Rereadability Rating: 1
Lifechangeability Rating: 1.5
Entertainment Rating: 3

I expected more of this book. Maybe because I’m a concrete person (programmer, philosophy major), but I just want more to go on. I think this book is written to appeal to people who are looking into the metaphysical realm a little and asking questions. I can’t tell whether Yancey is going for non-Christians or Christians. On one hand, he seems to want to make people probe their thoughts and reason with them that the abundance of ideas presented in the book provide “rumors” of another world. An invisible, spiritual world. He doesn’t give them much direction after that though. On the other hand, he references the Bible quite a bit and writes as if a believer is reading the book. I had trouble sticking with him a lot of the time. I found myself reading quickly, the way you do when you think there’s a point to be made, only to find the end of a chapter. I should have gone back and re-read it, but I didn’t most of the time. The biggest thing I got from this book was a huge list of books or writers that I might want to pursue further.

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Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…

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