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The Enabled Life
Christianity In A Disabling World
by Roy McCloughry
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Roy McCloughry's 'The Enabled Life' is a wonderful book that looks at the issues of disability, but in a way that felt to me to be from one step side moved over. That is to say that in some ways, although this book is a book on disability and addressing it, it is also a book that addresses 'normality' and brings that into question too.
It is a book that tries to show that disability is a form of normal and that with it—and demonstrated through the Bible—we are shown that weakness, disability even, is a freedoom, an engagement that goes to the heart of us. Each of us is made whole through our weakness and we are most disabled when we fail to see that, grasp that, live that.
This is an essential book for those who are ready to acknowledge the unreality of normality and embrace the reality of a truly enabled life—one in which we are all disabled and therefore none of us are 'disabled' or less than we are due to these differences of ability, health, body or mind. It's a beautiful concept that helps break down bias and can really open up acceptance.
There is in here, of coursem a work that deals with addressing the views of the day and the church we are actually in also, so there is good material here for anyone within the church community (everyone!) who has a responsbility to make church accessible and that asks them to question their presuppositions and mores—a deeply insightful book on disability and one to be recommended.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (06/01/14)