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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874869544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874869545
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rodney Clapp, author, A Peculiar People Pulse-quickening...In plain but vibrant language, Blumhardt reminds us that personal peace is merely the wrapping paper of a greater, even more magnificent gift: confidence in the coming of the kingdom. Stanley Hauerwas, author, Resident Aliens That Barth saw Blumhardt's significance is surely not accidental. Who else, besides Barth, is so unrelenting in their attack on religion? Who else reminds us that Christianity is about the worship and service of a strange God indeed? Who else uses the language of faith so straightforwardly and without apology? The fact that Plough has now made Blumhardt's work available is itself, as Barth would have put it, "a hastening that waits." Eugene H. Peterson, author, Subversive Spirituality On a landscape increasingly (and depressingly) eroded by world-accommodating strategies and programs, Blumhardt stands as a stark and commanding figure on the horizon. His life and writings are adrenaline for faltering and compromised followers of Jesus. William Dyrness, author, Let the Earth Rejoice Reading Christoph Blumhardt is like drinking from a pure, cold mountain stream. It is just the tonic we frantic postmoderns need...I always knew what an impact Blumhardt had made on Karl Barth, but after reading him I know why. Donald G. Bloesch, author, Wellsprings of Renewal The modern church needs to hear this social prophet. Here is a summons to act in confidence and courage in the firm expectation that God's kingdom is at hand. Clark Pinnock, author, The Flame of Love Blumhardt is filled with hope about the power of God to transform the world in concrete ways...His is a holy optimism grounded not in human prowess but in the triumphant grace of God. Robert Webber, author, People of the Truth Blumhardt's Action in Waiting proclaims a message that is indispensable for post-modern Christianity: Jesus is victor over all the powers and we, the people of God, are called to radically live out the politics. Vernard Eller, author, Christian Anarchy Blumhardt believes that God can make "all" things new. He challenges us to participate in this newness and devote ourselves to it. Dale W. Brown, author, Biblical Pacifism Blumhardt represents a wonderful union of eschatology and ethics with his focus on the coming and breaking in of the kingdom of righteousness, justice, love and peace.

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Christoph Blumhardt was a noted German pastor who influenced a whole generation of Europeans, including Emil Brunner, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Karl Barth.

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A transformative, renewing read -- a real classic! 6 Jan. 2015
By Julius L McCarter - Published on
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Christoph Blumhardt's Action in Waiting, a collection of sermons that contain some of the most important theological ideas to arise from Germany in the first part of the twentieth century, is no doubt one of the least read theological texts, but, as Karl Barth says in the Afterward, nothing short than a representation of "God's cause in the world", a demonstration of God's "love for the world" that leaves Christians with a prophetic voice in how to simultaneously "be faithful to God".

I took my time with this collection precisely because it challenges so much that's wrong with Christendom in the early twenty-first century: Individualism, modern piety and the rest. This is a prophetic call to leave behind the bad faith and dying faith of Christendom and embrace the essentials of the Faith without falling into the twin traps of Fundamentalism or Progressivism.

And, make no doubt about it, Blumhardt's ideas were so demanding of a living faith, that he became one of the primary influences upon folks like Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jurgen Moltmann. That's because Action in Waiting is more than systematic theology: It's too blunt to be a theological tome. Instead, it is the pastoral call for Christians to remain active in their expectation that God's Kingdom is more than just getting my soul to heaven. The Kingdom of God is coming into our world, breaking in to transform and renew, if we but have the eyes and lives to see it and join in.

Action in Waiting is one of those texts that is itself nothing short of a spiritual transformation, if you take the time to read and inwardly digest it. Blumhardt's unrelenting prophetic voice has left me renewed and transformed. And for that reason alone this is a book that I'm recommending to everyone I know. Because here, in this little book, there's a clear picture -- straightforward and without any apology -- of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

I received a free copy of this book from Plough Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.
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One of my 4000 Books 15 Oct. 2010
By Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod - Published on
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Blumhardt influenced the thinking of people like Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jacques Ellul, and Jurgen Moltmann. He thought that the greatest danger to human progress was "Christianity" - Sunday religion where people attended services to pray and sing, but never let the love of God flow through their lives to a hurting world.

This book contains a collection of some of his sermons (if you can call them that...) which express some of his seminal ideas. It's an easy to read, and thought provoking book. I highly recommend it.
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Brilliant man of deep faith to me 10 Jun. 2013
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Searching the life and mind of a great pastor and healer is worth the journey for me to study and understand the depth of great faith and service.
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