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Friends In Christ
Paths to a New Understanding of Church
by Brother John of Taizé
Publisher:Orbis Books from Alban Books
This is an absolutely wonderful book on friendship, and through that friendship on how the church could be and should really be. It is beautiful in its simplicity of heart and message and amazing in its depth of understanding, conviction and well reasoned argument. This book does not fail to address the issues that arise from friendship, the problems of friends falling out, of who is a friend etc.. It also does not fail to acknowledge that a church based on friendship could have problems with leadership and authority if not done right, but at the end of the day you are left convicted that only when we truly reach out in friendship will we truly connect to the church as God and Christ wanted it to be. It's also a book that gives you a glimpse into the ethos and day to day understanding of Taizé, and that is a lovely picture. This book is certainly one for anyone who has been touched by Taizé in anyway, but more it is also one for anyone that wants to see the church be all it can be and / or wants to grapple with the real issue of friendship.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (11/02/13)