I've read many of his columns on the back page of Christianity Today, but this is the first book of Philip Yancey's that I have read. Though this particular book is not one of my all-time favorites, I can now understand why Yancey is so popular.
In "Rumours of Another World," he tries to make a case for a world beyond the natural world which we can observe and understand. He is a great story-teller and offers many real-life examples of people whose lives offer "evidence" for the reality of a supernatural world. Though certainly an intellectual man, Yancey remains very readable. He takes some very abstract ideas and offers them to his readers in an accessible way that demonstrates his skill as a writer. He tackles weighty issues like sin and evil and doubt and deals with them honestly and carefully.
My primary critique of this book is that it seemed to meander a bit lazily from idea to idea, and I wondered throughout how certain chapters and passages were connected to each other. Having read the book over the course of these past two weeks, I'm having trouble even now articulating what sort of specific impact the book has had on me.
In any case, somewhat rambling as it may have been, I enjoyed "Rumours of Another World." It was an easy, quick read. I appreciate Yancey's complete candor and evident humility. I like his obvious appreciation for church history. He is a deep thinker and a gifted writer who has written a quality book about difficult ideas that will help many folks, Christians and non-Christians alike, to reflect on the implications of a supernatural world operating concurrently with the one that we more clearly observe from day to day. I'm glad that I read his musings about these big issues and am happy to recommend "Rumours" to others.