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Living Life In Colour
by Graham Beynon
Publisher:IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
The subject of emotion in Christianity is an emotive one in itself. Here Graham Beynon attempts to steer a way between the equally unhelpful poles of hating and distrusting all emotions and wallowing in them rudderless. It is, as he says, Ďa journey of exploration into the Bible, into the writings of church history, into modern thought, and into my own emotions.í Many interesting testimonies from ordinary people are featured and the tension between modern thought-processes and those commanded by Christ is set out. What it comes down to in the end is that, as in all things, we should look to Christ as our pattern for appropriate expression of emotion, and accept that steadiness and emotion are not mutually exclusive. The book aims to be both a blueprint and an encouragement to persevere in that and succeeds in the second aim slightly better than it does in the first. I had a feeling that there was much more the author could have said but was constrained by the length of book people are willing to take the trouble to read. A more than adequate signpost in the right direction, though, via prayer, meditation on Godís word, and worship.
Reviewer: Diane Morrison (24/09/12)