- Paperback: 191 pages
- Publisher: House Studio (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0834125129
- ISBN-13: 978-0834125124
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,722,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
180: Stories of People Who Changed Their Lives by Changing Their Minds Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"180" can be looked at as a book of trite vignettes or stories, or as a book of growth and challenge. It is probably a little bit of both. Each story - each chapter - each writer - shares an incident [or incidents] that led to revelation, reflection and self-examination, and then to personal growth. The book discusses some issues that are at the forefront of debate between society and the church - and between churches! It also discusses some issues that are often only whispered of - and more likely ignored - in church circles.
Some of the stories are as exciting as a bowl of oatmeal [that's actually a quote from Bill Myers, who said that when he was in high school his Christian life was that exciting (page 87)]. And yet, just about the time I was shaking my head and ready to turn to the next story, the author would say something that would stir me, challenge me, or remind me that I am not yet what I should be. When I re-read the book I found that I had highlighted a line in almost every chapter where the writer said "here I was called to live a life of significance" . . . and through the writer I was confronted to do the same.
Yes, at times some political view came through clearly under the thin veil of spirituality. And so many of the writers mentioned "fundamentalism" that a clear definition of what they meant would have been appreciated. These are but minor annoyances in a book that ultimately succeeds in doing what it set out to do: make the reader think.
Many people will read this book and complain that it has a decidedly leftist slant to it. Others will read it and conclude that it has a right-wing bias. When they put aside their preconceived ideas of left-, right, and centre- ideologies, though, they will understand that it is simply a challenge to the reader to examine his or her life's journey as a follower of Jesus. Socrates might recommend this book. I do.
These are the real life stories of people who believed one way about something, only to have something change their minds about the issue later in life. We've all been there. The point I got from the book, is that we need to learn to disagree agreeably. Let's all offer some grace when it comes to issues where we differ. We are all seeking God's face, and sometimes we come to different conclusions. Thank you, house studio for that reminder