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5.0 out of 5 stars An enthusiastic review of 50 years of Christianity, 27 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: Adventures of Faith: Reflections on Fifty Years of Christian Service (Hardcover)
Michael Green takes us from his own discovery of the Christian faith, and what it has meant to him over the last 50 years, to a glimpse of what the future may be for Christianity in this post-modern world.
While his obvious enthusiasm for his faith may seem strange for non-Christian readers he reveals exactly what has empowered him to be one of the most influential evangelists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
He examines, in an engaging and infectious style, exactly why the church is failing and points us also to those areas where it is working today. He is not afraid to gently chide those who he sees as having been ineffective in ministry in his lifetime but, equally he is generous in his praise of those he sees as having been influential in the development of Christianity during the last half century,
Anyone concerned about the future of Christianity, where it is going, where it should be going and who should be leading it on that journey should read this genuinely helpful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sane Wisdom, Deep Spirituality, 23 Sept. 2006
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Leslie Richford (Selsingen, Lower Saxony) - See all my reviews
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Michael Green is one of Britain's leading evangelical churchmen, a gifted evangelist, pastor and theologian. He has also been an author of considerable standing for many years, and his early books "Man Alive" and "Runaway World" were a great help to me personally during the time when, as a student, I became a Christian and began studying the Bible for myself. "Adventure of Faith" is not so much an autobiography as a very personal look at no less than sixteen aspects of spirituality and today's church in which Michael Green combines personal experience and testimony with his wonderful gifts of acute analysis and clear vision.

In Part One (four chapters), entitled "Faith and Nurture" Michael tells us about his own spiritual beginnings: his conversion, his introduction to Christian discipleship and missions and his first steps in Christian ministry. Very graciously (and honestly) he tells us not only about his positive experiences but also about his mistakes, including the difficulties he had in his marriage. He does not stick to strict chronological order, but takes various events from his life as springboards to point out important spiritual truths such as the need for a clear proclamation of conversion, for care-taking groups for young Christians, etc.

In Part Two (three chapters), entitled "Faith and Work", Michael describes his work as a parish priest, his work at two leading theological colleges (in London/Nottingham and at Regent College in Vancouver). He also offers a review of some of his own books, a complete list of which can be found at the end of "Adventure of Faith". As might be expected, Michael has some fascinating insights into both the functioning of the local church and the needs of theological education in today's world.

Part Three (three chapters) is entitled "Faith and Outreach" and contains some of Michael's most brilliant writing. The chapter on "Postmodernism" offers fascinating insights into today's cultural climate and into the way in which we Christians can act and react to this. Michael Green would not be himself if he did not see such developments as opportunities to win others for Jesus Christ! He also describes his life as an evangelist here, making point after point about how evangelism should be done, preferably either within the local church or as an inter-denominational mission. In his chapter on "Leadership" Michael gives one or two hair-raising (but nameless) examples of bad leadership that he has encountered, but then goes on to list some of the great leaders he has encountered and to elucidate why they were or are so great: E. J. H. Nash, G. Sheldon, John R. W. Stott, Billy Graham, Jim Houston, Alister McGrath, Lesslie Newbigin, David C. K. Watson, Bishop Chiu Ban It and his successors Moses Tay and Datuk Yong Ping Chung. Michael concludes the chapter with a summary of qualities that mean true Christian leadership. The very top of the list is "total loyalty and commitment to Jesus Christ" (p. 227 f.), followed by "loyalty to the Scriptures".

Part Four (three chapters) is entitled "Faith and the Gospel". In his chapter on "The Evangelicals", Michael traces developments mainly in England, and also answers some modern objections to evangelicalism. He is quick to point out that evangelicals are not necessarily "fundamentalists" and defends a soundly orthodox but intellectually honest approach to the Bible that does without expressions such as "inerrancy". In a further chapter on the "Renewal Movement" Michael tells us about his own involvement in the charismatic movement, offering some very sane and godly comment on things that have been done rightly and things that have all too often been done wrongly. He is very clear on the role of the spiritual gifts, and finds in a healthy charismatic church one of God's answers to post-modernism's stress on experience. In the chapter on "Controversy", Michael speaks about the tension between legalism and laxness in the Christian life, about co-operation between churches of differing denominations, about the need for a modern yet biblically orthodox statement of faith within the Anglican communion, about the positive place of women in Christian ministry and about differing worship styles. He also takes the bull by the horns, so to speak, and examines the biblical position on homosexuality, taking the opportunity graciously but clearly to denounce the position of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

In Part 5 (three chapters), entitled "Faith and the Future", Michael tells us about his worldwide ministry and some of the very exciting and positive developments within the Church that he has encountered elsewhere. He is particularly enthusiastic about developments within the Anglican Church in South-East Asia. His chapter on "Tomorrow" should certainly be read by every Christian leader; amongst other things, Michael lists ten characteristics of growing churches, a list which Christian leaders should use to test the effectiveness of their own parish work. The concluding paragraphs on death are equally encouraging in a very different way.

I found that reading this book was much more than just Christian entertainment: it strengthened my faith, encouraged me to see God at work in today's world and gave me new impetus in believing that God can renew existing churches. Michael Green's love and wisdom is apparent on every page and even on those rare occasions when I did not share his stance, I felt that the intellectual and spiritual challenge of the book made it worth not merely reading but keeping and mulling over. Many thanks!

The book contains a comprehensive index.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Green - eminent Anglican minister from the 20th century, 23 Aug. 2011
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C. Kidd (Dibden, Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Adventure of Faith: Reflections on Fifty Years of Christian Service by Michael Green is an interesting auto-biography from one of the most eminent Anglican ministers of the 20th century. The book covers his wide ranging career from Vicar to College Principle to Advisor in Evangelism to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. It once again highlighted the importance of summer camps - this was where Michael Green's faith developed. The last third of the book contains his reflections on a series of topics such as women in leadership, homosexuality, evangelism, the worldwide church.
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