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Blessings and Woes: The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke Paperback – January, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570752214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570752216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on November 11, 2000
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Having had the pleasure of listening to Dr McKenna on several occasions over the last year it was a delight to be able to read her insights. This book left me with some very challenging thoughts on the beatitudes, never again will I be able to read The Beatitude texts in the same way
I would highly recommend this book to all who have any interest in the Gospels. It is crammed full of useful stories about Zen masters, Jewish rabbis, Japanese, gods, Sufi mystics and other stories by such well known figures as Thomas Merton and Leo Tolstoy and it is through these stories that we learn so much more of the hidden depth in Jesus' parables.
It is especially useful for those of us who have to write "another" sermon on The Beatitudes.
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please carefully study the works of this great spiritual author, Megan McKenna, well known director of spiritual retreats. Please see her if you are able, but immerse yourself fully in her works, above all else, first this one on the Gospel of Luke published gracefully by the discerning Orbis Books out of Maryknoll, NY, along with her several other works, not only the similar Luke: The Book of Blessings and Woes, but also her studies of the theology of women in the Bible, such as This Will Be Remembered of Her: Stories of Women Reshaping the World, and of On Your Mark: Reading Mark in the Shadow of the Cross, as well as Not Counting Women and Children: Neglected Stories from the Bible and the courageous And Morning Came: Scriptures of the Resurrection (Sheed & Ward Books). She also offers supportive and comforting and challenging prayer exercises, such as her Praying the Rosary, available now also in the dedicated Kindle format. Countless other works from this spiritual author fill this generous amazon from a variety of Catholic presses, but please consider this one first, and stay with it awhile, 'til we truly live it fully in service to the poor, the pilgrim people of God.Read more ›
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I get frustrated with books that do not do what they set out to do. I am a pastor and am preaching a sermon series on the Beatitudes and Woes in Matthew and Luke, and I bought this book to help me with that. But the author does little to directly explain what the blessings and woes mean. She does not explain that "Blessing" more properly means "honored," like more scholarly works do, and does not explain how "poor" and "rich" in Biblical times have a different meaning from how we understand those words today. She does not go into how Jesus speaks to His disciples and apparently says that to those of His disciples who are rich, "YOU have already received your comfort" - is Jesus actually pronouncing woes upon those of His disciples who are rich?

The blessings and woes serve more as a jumping off point for discussions about social justice - don't get me wrong, a lot of my work is for social justice - but I want to understand what it means that Jesus' disciples who are hungry and in mourning are blessed, not to have much of that chapter dedicated to understanding the Jubilee, in an almost random tangent. To me, much of the book is that, a lot of tangents, and then once in a while she actually comes back to directly discussing the blessings and woes. Partly because I have already been taught much of what she has to say about social justice, I found myself skimming much of the book to find the parts where she actually discusses the blessings and woes. Also, maybe 1/3 or more of the book is composed of very long stories and scripture quotations, and discussion of them, which is all again often only tangentially related to the blessings and woes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jch on June 12, 2011
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i started reading this book and it so filled with a mishmash of junk, i gave it to the local library for its book sale.
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