- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Brazos Press (1 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587431920
- ISBN-13: 978-1587431920
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) Paperback – 1 Jun 2007
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Through politics, marketing, news programming, and popular culture we are taught to fear, often in ways that profit others. But what does all this fear do to our moral lives as it forms (or deforms) our character and our judgment? Drawing on Christian scripture and tradition, "Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear" articulates a response to fear that resists an ethic of security in favor of fostering an ethic of risk. The Christian virtues of hospitality, peacefulness, and generosity are presented as the way to defeat the counter-virtues of suspicion, preemption, and control. Pastors, students, and lay people will find this unique book both accessible and intriguing.
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Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear is part of The Christian Practice of Everyday Life series, dedicated to theological consideration of the concerns of everyday life. Series editors are David S. Cunningham and William T. Cavanaugh."Bader-Saye has written a timely and provocative book concerning Christian resources of faith in a culture besot by fear. He draws upon compelling contemporary cases of such courageous action but shows, with equally compelling articulation, how such courage finally is deeply rooted in God's providence. His book is a bold theological exposition that has immediate and rich pastoral derivatives, all in the interest of an intentional church community acting congruently with its confession of faith."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary "Could it be that an account of providence is the key if we are to escape the fear that possesses Americans? That is exactly what Bader-Saye argues. He does so by providing an account of providence that does not promise safety but rather something far more important, that is, a way to go on with courage when we are not always able to 'make sense' of what has happened. His ability to help us 'see' our world through film and literature is itself a display of theological intelligence as rare as it is necessary."
--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School "Scott Bader-Saye offers us Christian practical wisdom we desperately need. Through insightful examples as well as rich biblical and theological analysis, he beautifully seduces us to trust God and to risk hospitality, peacemaking, and generosity. This is a profoundly hopeful, and hope-filled, book."
--L. Gregory Jones, author of Embodying Forgiveness "What a marvelously lucid, engaging, and convincing book. Scott Bader-Saye singles out fear as the defining and largely self-imposed burden of our world. He diagnoses it with the aid of the great theologians and illustrates it from popular, personal, and political contexts. Not content with diagnosis, he offers a cure--cogent, compassionate, and Christian. This is an author who thinks with the practical wisdom of Aquinas and writes with an infectious zest. Here is a fresh voice to challenge and transform the anxieties of church and world."
--Sam Wells, author of God's Companions and Improvisation See all Product description
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I have given this book four stars for a reason, as I found it a good, but not great read. This book has three important things to offer: (1) an excellent treatment of the doctrine of providence and its importance for today; (2) a presentation of Christian hospitality that, if adhered to, would strengthen the witness of the church; and (3) discussion questions that are helpful at the conclusion of every chapter. This book can equip the individual, yes, but may be of more service to a community of people seeking together the best way to live in our world.
In Psalm 23 God promises that if we keep our eyes on him, he will make us to lie down in green pastures and lead us beside quite waters. Even when walking through the valley of the shadow of death, we will not need to fear any evil for our Savior (deliverer) will be with us. Our all pwerful creator has a table prepared for us to peaceful set down and eat in the presence of our enemies all the while enjoying his company. That's how how I want to live my life. My other favorite Scripture on fear is Psalm 91. I gave the book a four star rating because even though there was much good information in the book, I didn't agree with all the author had to say.
I appreciated Bader-Saye's scholarship and explanations. I think he is absolutely right. It would be a different world if we accepted that fear is not how Christians (or people of any faith) are called to live. We are, in fact, called to live boldly with faith in the face of the things thrown at us. This is a great book for a book study in a faith setting or among any group finding themselves too consumed with fear in today's crazy world.