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Reading Church Through Reading Jesus
by John George Arthur
Publisher:Circle Books imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd
Published:30 May 2014
Wow! what a wonderfully intense but beautiful journey that will buzz around in your head not only as you read it but long after it too - - and yes at times it will leave you feeling a little like you've been bitten by some gadfly with a sudden sting, welt and deep burning itch, but it's worth it.
It's written in such a way that the words flow off the page, deep theological consideration of hermeneutics and todays church mixed with down to earth insights, questions and agenda so that you feel you have sat by a river on a warm summers day and come away with both the bites and joy that such a thing brings - it's a book thats both theology and contemplation, rigourous but engaging too.
Seriously this is a book for a questioning generation and is certainly one that should appeal to those involved in Fresh Expressions, but it does to my mind demand a wider audience than that - it should be read by any one involved in church (regardless of demonination or authority) that is wondering why there is a disconnect between church and people, between spirituality and sacrament, between the bible and the ordinary.
Gadfly certainly doesn't have all the answers, indeed in some way it leaves as many questions as answers for the church, but it's a book about faith, doubts and relationships and it's a beautiful study in working through the issues and certainly worth the time to read and consider.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (02/08/14)