This book is for exiles: Christians who find themselves caught in that dangerous wilderness between contemporary secular Western culture and and old-fashioned church culture of respectability and conservatism. Frost presents a plea for such Christians to embrace a dynamic, life-affirming, robust Christian faith that can be lived confidently in a world that no longer values such a faith.
A Testament to Freedom – The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Edited by Geffrey B. Kelly and F. Burton Nelson)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine years old when he was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945 for his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler yet his courage, vision, and brilliance have greatly influenced the twentieth –century church and theology. Particularly through his bestselling classic The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer profoundly shaped the leaders of the liberation theology movement in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
A Testament to Freedom includes excerpts from major books, sermons, and selected letters spanning the years of Bonhoeffer’s pastoral and theological career. This magnificent volume takes readers on a historical and biographical journey that follows Bonhoeffer through the various stages of his life – as teacher, ecumenist, pastor, preacher, seminary director, prophet in the Nazi era, and finally, as martyr in pursuit of peace and justice.
What does it mean to be a healer in the modern world? In this hope-filled and profoundly simple book, Henri Nouwen offers a radically fresh interpretation of modern ministry. Here he inspires devoted men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways of ministry alienating and ineffective.
According to Nouwen, ministers are called to identify the suffering in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional, somewhat aloof role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering as those they serve. In other words, we heal from our wounds.
Generally recognized as one of Nouwen’s finest works, this book is a modern classic.
Contemporary society is the product of the disintegration of more or less natural or familial groupings. People are afraid, uncertain - and shut themselves away. But they need companions, friends with whom they can share their lives, their visions and their ideals; in short they need community. Jean Vanier, founder of the world-famous l'Arche community for the mentally handicapped and their helpers, has written a unique book. This is no dry and systematic treatise, but rather a brilliant series of starting points for reflection on the nature and meaning of community. 'Our communities should be signs of joy and celebration...If we are accepted with our limitations as well as our abilities, community gradually becomes a place of liberation...this terrible place can become one of life and growth.'
Edward C Sellner has recently published a revised and expanded edition of his important work Wisdom of the Celtic Saints, which presents the stories of 27 of the most important of the Celtic saints from Ireland, Scotland, northern England, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. However, this is currently only available in hardback form and the author has permitted the Northumbria Community to publish his excellent introduction to his book in this booklet form, making it more widely accessible.