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The Compassion Quest by [Owain Hughes, Trystan, Hughes, Trystan Owain]
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'The Compassion Quest is clearly a book aimed to achieve practical results. The author makes it clear that its purpose is not to be referenced by students of theology, or to contribute to contemporary Christian debates. Rather it is a book that seeks to change the reader. I can say then, with confidence, that the book certainly made me stop and think, and that it has forced me to reconsider the way I view myself and my relationships. I can't say I've become a more compassionate person since reading the book, but I certainly want to be more compassionate, and that alone is a significant achievement for such a small, readable book.' --On Religion

'If someone were to ask me which two books, beside the Bible, they should read in order to assist their Christian journey, I would suggest The Shack by William Paul Young and The Compassion Quest by Trystan Owain Hughes. The Compassion Quest is, in my view, the ultimate manual on compassion.' --Geoffrey Lunn, Croeso (Diocese of Llandaff)

'Gentle, learned and culturally aware, [The Compassion Quest] offers a rich understanding of Christian faith as an invitation to find ourselves not so much by looking within, but by turning outwards to others and to God.' --Graham Tomlin, Dean, St Mellitus College, London

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Trystan Owain Hughes is the Anglican Chaplain of Cardiff University and a member of the theological commission which assists the bench of Welsh bishops. He has written Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering for SPCK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0281068259
  • Publisher: SPCK (21 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having acquired an advanced copy on the evening when the book was launched by the Archbishop of Wales, this has been an illuminating read. The narrative isn't just from a preacher on the pulpit but from an individual who writes on the notion of compassion based on personal experience. This is what makes the book even more interesting. There are a number of beautiful passages that stays with the reader, but what is refreshing about Trystan Hughes as a communicator is that he doesn't just write as a theist but also as a human being. The Christian or the 'believer' would find many reasons for liking this book. There are countless references to scriptures to support the assertions and case for unquestioned compassion. Yet, it is the writer's grasp of popular culture and frequent analysis of films and music that we have all watched or listened to that makes it instantly accessible to a much wider audience.

While I agree with all that the writer has say on compassion, perhaps I didn't quite agree on parts of his analysis of the Philosopher Descartes! This alone did not detract me from enjoying the book. There is much in here for each one of us to think about. Certainly, anybody working within human rights and social justice would find an ally on this excellent monograph on compassion. That the book has been recommended by none other than Tony Campolo, a spiritual advisor to the former US President Bill Clinton is no surprise.
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Trystan Owain Hughes has struck again. Not oil, though it's the equivalent of oil. It is the message in his new book The Compassion Quest. The picture on the frontcover suggests that compassion is severely lacking in the world. There is a figure of a lady walking along with an umbrella in the rain, against a backdrop of a shop with closed shutters, with graffiti written on them. The image is bleak, cold, lonely and dispiriting.
Hughes has delivered another short, `read-me-in-an-afternoon' book, just over 100 pages. The book is rich with cinematic anecdote (like his last book), and therefore plays largely to a youngish audience. The question is are we not handing down the art of compassion to the younger generation?
A clue might be on the view that we live increasingly in a Cartesian world, manufactured by us, what Hughes calls a `lifeless, mechanistic and disaffected place'. So as we are born into this world, we run the risk of being a reflection of this place. Conveyed in the first chapter is a scene from the film Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise. People look at billboards, which respond by looking into their retinas, which in turn proceed to zap personalized images of products back to the passing people. This synthetic life is a dystopia we could yet face.
How do we avoid this kind of life? Hughes's main argument hinges on the Platonist model of life. We should not treat the `spirit' and the `body' as separate realms, but complementary. Of course, we even get confused as Christians about this, because, as Hughes points out, on one hand, the body is the `Temple of the Holy Spirit', on the other it is often seen as an obstacle to full union of Christ.
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Since buying the book at the launch last month and having only read the first chapter, I thought it was high time I read the rest and so The Compassion Quest became my reading of choice for the commute this week. It's extremely well written, although this comes as no surprise given the author's first book, Finding hope and meaning in suffering. In talking through my own issues with Trystan at the University Chaplaincy, it quickly became clear just how truly compassionate and caring he is and so this could not have been written by a better and more appropriate person. The book approaches Christianity in a way that no other does and certainly gives a brighter viewpoint on the religion, choosing to focus on, as the title suggests, the compassion of humankind rather than our fundamental flaws and sins. The book provides the reader with a good understanding and appreciation of how God's presence in our lives can not only enlighten our own lives, but how we can then use that to enhance the lives of those around us. As a young person who is only recently starting the journey of faith, I found the book highly interesting and deeply engaging with a wide variety of relatable references, from popular music and film, to more traditional quotes from scripture and I would highly recommend the book to anyone, no matter where they are on the journey of faith.
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Having read Trystan's book on finding hope and meaning in suffering I was eager to read this one too. Trystan writes in an accessible and down to earth way making connections that people can easily relate to. His everyday illustrations and anecdotes make the reader feel that this is a book born out of experience and not theory. At a time when loneliness and isolation seem to be on the increase and our life style is more concerned with 'me' and 'my space', the reminder of our interconnectedness with each other and the creation is very pertinent. Trystan reminds us that we are all part of creation and challenges us to view our compassion to all living things as the response we should make. I particularly liked his story of his adoption of an orang utan because it brings home the point that we are to care for all of creation and that animals are important in God's eyes too.
There is a wealth of thought provoking reading within, what is a quite a short book to read. It's easy style and real experiences make it very worth while. I would thoroughly recommend it to everyone and expect that, as I did with the previous book, I will be buying more copies to give to friends. Well, done Trystan.
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