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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; 25 Anv edition (February 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570754624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570754623
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By jcevans0@mcnet.milligan.edu on July 25, 1998
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This book presents a thoughtful and refreshing response to the question, "What is the nature of mission work?" Donovan made a point to strip the Gospel of its "cultural accretions from the West", and so present the Masai with a Christ free to be the God of all tribes and nations, as He was really meant to be. Donovan's mission to the Masai paints a beautiful and awe-inspiring picture of our Lord, and of the church that is His body. As an American, my picture of the Body of Christ is often, and unfortunately, very American. Ethnocentrism is a fault that all Christians must address and overcome, and this book richly illustrates one man's struggle to find and share the essence of our Faith, beneath and beyond all colours and cultures. His journey is remarkable in its depth, outstanding in its experience of the One, True God. This is inspiring and informative reading, poetically analytical, and spiritually enlightening. I strongly recommend it to a! ny Christian appreciative of the diversity of the Body, interested in the proclamation of the Good News to pagan peoples, or desiring a new understanding of the nature of the Kingdom of God.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dignity74@aol.com on May 22, 1998
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Donovan's Christianity Rediscovered is a hallmark book all Christians should have. The real experience the missionary Donovan had while working with the Masai tribe in East Africa tells of how God acts in the world and why there is still an importance to spread the Gospel, and continue Christ's Great Commission. The book is not for the person wanting to remain prejudiced or enclosed in their own Christianity; for Christianity is universal, and God is the God of all Nations. The book is an answer to postmodern pluralism if there ever was one, and an easy, beautiful read. I recommend it to all persons, and I think it is mandatory for all Christians of all walks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Haroutunian on March 1, 2006
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In a pluralistic age where Christians are seeking to re-discover a solid sense of the gospel, Donovan's book challenges our assumptions, our modern ideologies and our pride and takes us back to a very simple yet profound understanding of the living Way, Jesus. As a missionary who has helped to redefine missions, Donovan invites the African church to tutor himself and all of us as well on this journey of discovery. This is helpful reading for anyone, Catholic or Protestant, or a curious seeker who'd like to discover more about God moving within world culture than as a set of rigid doctrines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dale Pearson on January 15, 2007
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A documentary of one man's experience as a missionary to the Masai of East Africa, but much more. Challenges long-held views on both the purpose and the method of missions while maintaining an unwavering committment to the gospel.

Quotation: "Dear Bishop, ...Suddenly I feel the urgent need to cast aside all theories and discussions, all efforts at strategy--and simply go to these people and do the work among them for which I came to Africa. ...just go and talk to them about God and the Christian message. Outside of this, I have no theory, no plan, no strategy, no gimmick, no idea of what will come. I feel rather naked. I will begin as soon as possible...."
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Annie Talley on January 21, 2000
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I heard a sermon by Father Donovan in Brevard NC a few years ago and was so inspired that I spoke to him afterwards and asked him if he had written a book...he told me about this one. This book has and continues to answer questions I have about the Christian faith. Father Donovan is a remarkable person with great insight and compassion. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who has doubts about the Christian faith and where they fit in...there is room for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Mullen on November 30, 2006
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Vincent Donovan was a pioneer, and an apostolic voice. His book "Rediscovering Christianity" is a great illustration of the devout need to share the gospel in an effective way, and then to let the gospel have it affect/effect on individual and on the culture.This 25th annioversary version has some nice extras, especially a remembrance from his sister. Because he addresses the issue of culture and faith, more specifically, church, this book is again influential and causing discussion, especially with regards to emergent issues. Well written, inspiring, and worth the read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Cronshaw on March 31, 2010
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Vincent J Donovan, Christianity Rediscovered (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2003)

Donovan talks about how when he went to the Masai people in Tanzania and dropped all the medical and teaching work (and the associated asking for land for buildings and bringing in Western technology and financial support etc.) that missionaries usually got caught up in, and just talked about God. He would tell someone a story, ask them to tell others, and ask the whole community to respond and explore what the gospel meant for them. Donovan saw himself as a learner and then a facilitator of ongoing and mutual learning: `I told them I believed that they knew God long before we came, and that they were a devout and very pious people in the face of God. It was not our belief that God loves us Christians more than them, nor that God had abandoned them or forgotten them until we came along. From the beginning it was evident that we were going to have to learn from them as well as teach them.' This is an inspiring account from a missionary in another culture who grew dissatisfied with traditional missionary strategies and structures, and so just talked about God and expected God to be there ahead of him.

A young person learned from Donovan and said this about serving and leading a people on the move (p.xix):
"Do not try to call them back to where they were,
and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before."
What does that say to you?
I reckon it's a beautiful description of the unpredictable journey, leading to a new place none of us has ever been. When I hear that invitation, when I sense Spirit calling, when I'm open To God & mission, I'm in, I'm volunteering, my hand is up.

Originally reviewed in `The Emerging Church: Spirituality and Worship Reading Guide.' Zadok Papers S159 (Autumn 2008).
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