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Gospel In Action
A New Evangelization Day By Day
by ed. Gary Brandl & Thomas Ess
This book should encourage Roman Catholic readers to see the evangelistic potential in many everyday situations and conversation. The so-called ‘new evangelisation' makes use of our daily activities and experiences in order to overcome the current split between gospel and life.
That is really nothing new, but a quotation from Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement, indicates the thinking behind this approach: "Preaching the gospel with their lives and with their voices, Christians render Christ present in the midst of people."
The many contributors describe the kind of everyday situations that might lead to openings for spoken witness, among them loving and respectful actions that overcome divisions, the refusal to join in gossip or yield to peer pressure, the handling of differences of opinion on committees. "Charity spreads of itself and grows by enormous proportions"
(another quotation from Chiara Lubich).
Reviewer: Barry Vendy (28/02/14)