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CHRYSALIS PB (Faith in an Emerging Culture) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: PATERNOSTER (10 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842275445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842275443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful little book! 22 Aug 2009
Chrysalis is a book that describes the normal faith journey that many Christians go on, but few understand.
Some people reading this book won't necessarily "get it", but basically Alan Jamieson (minister and sociologist) brings together research, scripture and some of the early church fathers' writings in describing how Christian faith matures and changes over time.
He uses the Monarch butterfly's life cycle as an analogy (hence the title chrysalis). His description is wonderfully validating for people who are struggling in congregation bubbles that don't get them; and this book should be compulsory reading for ministers/pastors.
Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Alan Jamieson writes movingly about the transformation which so many people of faith find themselves experiencing when traditional ways of expressing Christian spirituality no longer satisfy or seem relevant. He authenticates this experience by likening it to the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to a butterfly and also drawing on the wisdom of people who have passed through this 'dark night' before. He also challenges the Christian community to be inclusive of such people even when they appear to have stepped outside the culture and practice of church. A life affirming book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is Christian faith going? 10 Aug 2009
An interesting and helpful approach to ideas of faith development and churches as places to nourish those who are emerging from the chrysalis of doubt and loss of faith, to look for new ways of living with God.
Only criticism is that it is rather fragmented in later chapters - reads as if several disparate articles have been not entirely successfully edited together to make chapters.
That said, coming from a New Zealand post evangelical Anglican perspective and a publisher which has been historically on the conservative side, it is an interesting book. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 6 Feb 2011
Book arrived quickly - it was well packed and reasonably priced

I was expecting more on the reasons people leave church
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5.0 out of 5 stars this theology of journey encourages the soul 11 July 2008
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Subtitled, The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith, Chrysalis is the New Zealand pastor's third offering. Jamieson is a pastor who has a PhD in Sociology, which was eventually turned into a book called Churchless Faith, where he studied people who left the church yet maintained their faith.

Chrysalis uses the life-cycle of butterflies as a metaphor for the faith journey that many contemporary people are experiencing. Drawing on the three principal phases of a butterfly's life and the transformations between these phases the book suggests subtle similarities with the zones of Christian faith that many encounter.

Jamieson speaks of the pre-critical faith, where most Christians live, and for whom most of the church's theology and expression is developed. This is a place of black and white, cut and dried theology and gives the easy answers to questions that people are asking.

But Jamieson identifies a post-critical faith where things are more shades of grey that cut and dried. This is a place of mystery, self-identity, freedom, and global ministry.

The journey from pre-critical faith to post-critical faith is the time of Chrysalis, or what St. John of the Cross would call the "dark night of the soul." It is a place of darkness, loneliness, and being. The methods of spiritual nourishment do not feed us as they once did. Prayer, the Scriptures, etc are still important, they just work in us a different way. This is a time of transformation, metamorphosis, and stripping away of what we thought we were to uncover who we were created to be.

Len Sweet calls Jamieson the foremost theologian of journey - of the faith journey. Having read his previous two books, I would agree. This book has been food for my soul and water for my thirsty heart. I have been frustrated by the methods, all the while longing for the drenching rain of the Spirit. My heart for over a year now, has been longer for something more, something more real than the same-old-same-old.

Jamieson's book has given me an understanding of what God has been doing in my life all this time and that instead of trying harder, that I just need to be. I need to let the pain and struggle and dryness be the agents of transformation.

This book will not resonate with every Christian. But it will resonate with those who have either walked through the dark night of the soul (it will give them a understanding of the journey they have been through) or who are crying out for something more in their own relationship with God.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So helpful for painful times... 27 Jun 2008
By 170 - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish this book had been out there 8 years ago. I went through my own inner struggle with my faith and being in church where we were doing things the same way over and over. I felt pulled away, yet also felt guilty being in that place. Having someone tell me that the darkness didn't need to be feared would have been so helpful to me. The waiting period is something to rest in and wait upon God. The author was very good at using the metaphor of the catepillar to butterfly in a way that was helpful, without putting it all into a "Follow these steps to get better" process. A very helpful read for those feeling a bit or alot lost in their faith!
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