- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1 edition (22 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441151117
- ISBN-13: 978-1441151117
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Abiding (Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book) Paperback – 22 Nov 2012
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Ben Quashs Lent book is a tremendous piece of writing which challenges and inspires in equal measure. It is full of profound but accessible theological insights which give pause for prayerful thought. --Theology
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Ben Quash is Professor of Christian Theology and the Arts at King's College London, UK.
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His comments on relationships (i.e. staying with the ones that are lousy, and facing the monsters within them) was refreshing, to say the least. I love the way he says what he thinks, in a very readable and open manner. Good for him.
It is challenging to think of the Bible as a modern day book, and after reading "Abiding", I have to say that I would read the Bible in at least one totally different way.
He comments on the way our world today is suspicious of others, and "voyeuristic" (even if this is not the actual word he uses). See Facebook, and the way we create new images of ourselves, and the insecurity issues this is based on.
Great stuff. Hope he has other books. I'd read them all.
For a Lent book, the chapters are overlong (even the epilogue) for group use and require some stamina for individual reading, especially if one is to meditate on their contents rather than merely reading them.
By far the most relevant chapter was about exile. Most lay Christians have to live most of their lives in the secular world and to negotiate Christian vales along with worldly ones (And there is woefully little guidance from clergy about how to do this.)
There's also some good exegesis based on what the Greek in some texts actually says. Especially good was his looking at the word `truth' as in `I am the way, the truth and the life' which is often used to assert the exclusiveness of Christianity and to denigrate other religions. Behind this saying of Jesus is Aramaic which will not allow such a view to be valid if built on this text.
I also liked his take on the `many mansions' mentioned in John - not a pie in the sky reward for urchin children normally unable to get into the squire's house but a space for everyone in diversity: something the present Anglican Communion needs to get its head around as it seeks to exclude and even punish some minority groups.
One query: The author says that S. Augustine of Hippo believed that peace was more deeply encoded into the DNA of the universe than conflict. Given the times through which he was living, with the fall of the Roman Empire, I am surer this was very reassuring. But is it true? We seem to live through endless conflicts.
One niggle: the author's response to biblical illiteracy is to suggest that religious education in schools be used to teach the bible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too much like hard work to make it worth the effort.
Yes, I get that Christianity can be complicated at times and that over-simplification serves no one... Read more
This is a book to which one will return after this Lent. A brilliant combination of art and faith - thanks to the author and Rowan Williams!Published on 15 Nov. 2013 by Organist
Some parts of the book touched me profoundly, but I felt a little contrived in some respects where practically every subject was drawn it. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Sister Meg
This is a very thought provoking book for Christians to follow in a discussion group - not for reading without discussion. Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by Brenda Hill
Lent books are often rather forced. This one has been worth re-reading later in the spring. Quash is a philosopher who has sensitivity and style, and who knows where wisdom is to... Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by Laurence Target
I bought this on the recommendation of the Archbishop - not personally, you understand! It is well written with the assumption that the reader can understand complex language and... Read morePublished on 29 April 2013 by Square Peg
We are all familiar with the expression; `to settle down` in connection with a committed human relationship. Read morePublished on 23 April 2013 by macdonald
Easy to see why this was the last Archbishop of Canterbury's chosen Lent book for this year. Practical and at the same time 'not of this world' as title suggests.Published on 18 April 2013 by Rev. Derek Booth
Started out well, but very cerebral and abstract for an ancient grandmother. Recommendation by Archbishop Rowan should have told me it would not be easy.Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Margaret Meads