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Pulse-quickening Blumhardt reminds us that personal peace is merely the wrapping paper of a more magnificent gift: confidence in the coming of God s kingdom.--Rodney Clapp"

Blumhardt does something very few of us can do: represent God s cause in the world yet not wage war on the world, love the world and yet be faithful to God.--Karl Barth"

Who else, besides Barth, is so unrelenting in their attack on religion? Yet who else uses the language of faith so straightforwardly and without apology?--Stanley Hauerwas, co-author, "Resident Aliens"

About the Author

Karl Barth (1886-1968) was Professor of Theology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. One of the greatest theologians and preachers of the twentieth century, he is best known for his monumental systematic theology, "Church Dogmatics".

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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant man of deep faith to me 10 Jun. 2013
By janet butler - Published on
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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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