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Following Christ in everyday life
by John Pritchard
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published:01 April 2013
The absence of whole-life discipleship remains one of the vulnerabilities of the church in western Europe today. Sunday, Monday and the rest of our lives need to join up. We are more than rota possibilities, warm fellowship and good for monetary contributions.
Practicalities, theology, Bible, narrative, prayer and quotations all fill this title with an energy and faithfulness to challenge all readers. This would be particularly helpful for a young Christian as it offers so much breadth, insight and wisdom. Bishop John is brilliantly practical and faithful in his trademark writing style.
God is re-centred as the purpose, glory and Lord of all in this. Pritchard stitches together the big invitation of God, alongside life's failings, hopes, truth and tragedy.
The early section on living gracefully is a particular favourite for me: inviting that we "stay close to the grace-giver". The resources that are at the close of each chapter are roomy, provocative and add so much to each theme. Bishop John makes a compelling case for closing the gap between the sacred and the secular. This is a moving multi-dimensional approach to following Jesus with greater commitment, grit and grace. This is a great SPCK production in the design detail, format and completed product.
This is earthed, real and yet full of godly wisdom. It's easy reading but all about challenging living!
Reviewer: Johnny Douglas (02/07/13)