Book Review: “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey (1987)

Have you ever been engrossed in a book on a subject that is completely out of your sphere of knowledge, yet you seriously could not put the book down? For example, the history of the bookshelf, the pencil, or the toothpick by Henry Petroski, or how numbers relate to life by John Allen Paulos. Books that apply the science of random topics to life fascinate me more than anything, and this is precisely what I found so intriguing in Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.

Dr. Paul Brand is a physician whose life-study has been bones; and not just any bones, but hand bones; and not just any hand bones, but the hand bones of lepers. In this book, Brand–with the literary help of Philip Yancey–weaves together the intricacies of the human body on all its levels into a tapestry depicting the very Body of Christ, His Church. He does this so expertly that I feel like a physician myself–though having had zero anatomy classes in my past–understanding how God so wisely created the human body with all of its details to represent precisely how He desires His own Body of believers to function. Covering cells, bones, skin, and motion, this book is the epitome of spiritual analogy for Christ’s church, and it ought to be required reading for every Christian nurse and physician, as well as for all seminarians and interested laypeople. This is one of the better church-health books I have read this year, and I recommend it highly.

©2011 E.T.

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