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Arguing that Christians are called to imitate God's generosity, Volf, a theology professor at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, explores what that looks like in the area of giving and forgiving. Volf relies heavily on Martin Luther's writings in this accessible book that demonstrates how to build "a bridge from self-centeredness to generosity." The first half of the book, on giving, and the second half, on forgiveness, are divided by a short interlude that tries to connect the two parts. While there is a relationship between the two, this book might have been more successful as two separate volumes. Nonetheless, Volf's thinking and writing are lucid and instructive. He eschews pop psychology, relying instead on biblical, ethical and theological understandings of God's generosity. Volf never shies away from the difficult personal and communal issues that giving and forgiving pose; the result is a practical and hopeful resource for those struggling to understand their responsibilities in these areas. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote the foreword.
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Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. He has published and edited nine books and over 60 scholarly articles, including his book Exclusion and Embrace, which won the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.See all Editorial Reviews
One of the best books I have ever read about Christianity and the crux of the whole matter of atonement, forgiving -- can God save anyone and still be just? Can we? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bear100
One of the best books on forgiveness I have ever read. Every pastoral counselor should have a copy of this book. Volf left no stone unturned in his comprehensive analysis.Published 5 months ago by Bill Whitmer
Very thought-provoking, and spiritually informative and inspiring.Published 5 months ago by Jane L. Moschenrose
I never miss reading a book or hearing a lecture given by Professor Miroslav Volf. My only regret is that I graduated too early from Yale -- years before Professor Volf graced the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by LukeSash
This is the second of Volf's books I have read. Understanding and living in forgiveness have long been themes for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Livingston
This book was a challenge to my own Christian understanding of God and the Christian life. A must read for those who profess this faith and for those curious about it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by stef