Take the Plunge: Living Baptism and Confirmation Paperback – 19 Apr 2012
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In this wide-ranging, wise and engagingly written book, Fr Radcliffe initially deals with many of the practical questions that people ask about Baptism, and then proceeds to discuss not only the various elements of the baptismal liturgy, but also the nature and challenge of the Christian vocation. In doing so he displays a deep understanding of sacramental theology, but also a deep compassion and pastoral concern for people. He has a broad and inclusive approach, finding support for his position in the Gospels as well as Church teaching, and is always clear-sighted and honest. --Spirituality
About the Author
Timothy Radcliffe was Master of The Dominican Order. He is the winner of the 2007 Michael Ramsey prize for theological writing for his book What is the Point of Being a Christian? He lives in Oxford but spends much of his year giving retreats, lectures and conference key-note addresses in the UK and overseas.
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I have learned so much, and have gone back and back to this text to re-read and ponder. I am sure that there is a lot there that I haven't even begun to understand, but this a book that can be read and re-read for life, and it will continue to feed the spirit.
He is writing about Baptism and Confirmation and points out that baptism is more important than priestly ordination.
Pope Francis would agree.
Radcliffe talks about all aspects of life and how important faith and baptism are to them. From the moment of birth there is not a moment in life that cannot be improved if you are living it with God. Radcliffe sees baptism as the first step along a life of faith that will be with you until death. He sees this as a way to avoid many of the pitfalls of modern living; rejection and fear of death among them. Although he mostly applies this to the modern world, he notes that Christians have been setting themselves apart from secular society by baptism since the days of the earliest church in Roman times.
Interestingly, although a brief mention of it opens each chapter, the main focus here is not on the baptismal act itself. Radcliffe prefers to talk about the effects of the baptism on the believer and how the faith that prompts the act will seep into all areas of life. Given that the baptismal act is only a brief moment in a person's life, this widening of scope is necessary to avoid what could have been a very short book and opens it up to a wider audience.
My first surprise in reading the book was how accessible the writing style was.Read more ›
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Ordered for my son after he met the author....thank you.Published 5 months ago by Mrs. P. M. Simmons
Arrived swiftly, but not it was not what I was expecting theologically speakingPublished 21 months ago by Phil Goodey
A first rate book on Baptism written by one of the Catholic Church's
finest writers. Highly recommend....nothing better on Baptism available
Timothy Radcliffe always offers great insights that not only broaden ones thinking but promotes a healthy understanding of our faith.Published 24 months ago by Tom
This book is an added resource to those working within the sacramental life of the Catholic Church and gives a renewed aspect to both these sacraments.Published on 1 July 2014 by Jackie
Another wonderful, insightful book - found it very hard to put down. Not at all preachy, just made me think deeply.Published on 31 July 2013 by P A Sharp
This is a great book, just as all Timothy Radcliffe's books are - It gives you food for thought and needs to be read slowly and 'savoured'.Published on 23 Jun. 2013 by Gillian