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Geography of Grace: Doing Theology From Below [Kindle Edition]

Kris Rocke , Joel Van Dyke
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Book Description

How do we make sense of God's love among the urban poor, and among the rest of us who are hungry for good news in the hard and sometimes forgotten places of our own lives?

Rocke and Van Dyke invite us to discover for ourselves the unexpected nature of grace among those who have been labeled the least, last and lost--and their inextricable link to the forgotten and disturbing stories in the Bible. Graphic but never gratuitous, Rocke and Van Dyke are lyrical, poetic, irreverent, and playful. They are as rigorous in their study of applied theology as they are accessible in their storytelling. The authors share their own discovery of that which has been "hidden since the foundations of the earth," and they do it by standing with those who have stood alone, finding joy in being counted among the transgressors. They offer a new kind of orthodoxy that is as old as the gospel itself.

Far from a dogmatic theology, the burden of this book is uncommonly light, but it is not without its demands. If you are up for a life-changing adventure, then get ready to "assume the risks."

Editorial Reviews


"In this challenging book, graceful writing meets grace-full theology. The wounds of the world cry out in poetry and poignancy; the call to care crushes complacency; places below rise to expose suffering and healing in the depths; darkness shines upon light, transforming Word and world in reading, hearing and doing."

Phyllis Trible
Author of Texts of Terror 

"This is a beautiful book and a true book, proving again that they are the same thing! You will get to the essentials quickly here, and in a way that will change you both painlessly and painfully." 

Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Author and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Street Psalms Press; 1 edition (April 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z4RC6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a must read for folks who have become frustrated by trite religion and self-righteous moralists. Kris Rocke and Joel Van Dyke combine over half a century of working with and among marginalized communities all over the world. In doing so, they have gleaned page after page of profound insights that constitute what they call "theology from below." What sets their method apart from most of the dominant methods of Western society might be best described as a jazz approach, as opposed to a traditional classical approach. The authors describe their preference of the "blue note," or the "bittersweet note in jazz and blues that gives voice to pain....It creates tension and dissonance. It resists resolve and awakens us to our shattered hopes and dreams, but, ironically, this is part of its allure....When blended with the larger score, it gives voice to the longing for healing that comes from pain." This is a necessary distinction because they believe part of their role is "to function like the blue note -- to give voice to pain, but to do so runs the risk of becoming stuck there. We can easily define ourselves by our wounds or even actually become our wounds in which case we end up passing the wounds on to others -- and back to ourselves. In the same way, denying pain is as dangerous as wallowing in it. Both lead to violence. The Gospel assures a way forward, but it is always the way of the wound." Of course, jazz is not as popular as classical, nor is what Martin Luther called theologia crucis, or "theology of the cross," in a culture that prefers to perpetuate a theology of glory. The way of the wound does not sound nearly as sexy as being "more than conquerors," for instance. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars You think you have all the Answers? December 6, 2012
Are you still listening or do you have the Answers?

Would you have listened to the voice of:
God, calling you to kill your son as a sacrifice?
John, telling you to repent and get wet?
What about Jesus, claiming to be God and mingling with the sinners?
How about Paul, who welcomed gentiles into the share of (the then Jewish) Kingdom inheritance?

It's easy for me to look back at radical voices in the bible and answer "yes", I would have heard those voices of Truth, listened, and embraced their message. But am I doing that today? Do those voices exist and am I open to the Truth in their message?

Geography of Grace reminds me that our faith is not a static faith or with of numerous known and defined answers. Geography of Grace is another voice, challenging the way I understand Jesus and his character. It's an invaluable challenge that is thought provoking and requires me to pick up a different lense and filter to look through.

Thank you Street Psalm Press! Keep'm coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing January 4, 2014
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As a missionary, spiritual director and writer...this is easily one of the most important and life-changing books I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reaching out to people like Jesus did..... July 29, 2013
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This is a very inspiring book. Followers of Jesus reaching out to prisoners in maximum security, drug addicts, those in the sex industry who have been trafficked, the vulnerable who live in slums. This is where Good News comes alive but places where sometimes the people of God are the least present. These authors are connecting with a growing network of people who are making a practical difference on the margins. Highly recommend "Geography of Grace: Doing Theology from Below". We have to change the way that we view the world and this book helps us to see in a different way.
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