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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Image (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385508549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385508544
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Yes the gospels are truly a good news. Jesus today and yesterday is calling his disciples to love and to act in love. Megan McKenna's excellent book is a source of hope. She calls the disciples of Jesus to be a good news to the poor and the rejected."
-Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, an international federation of group homes for people with developmental disabilities

About the Author

MEGAN MCKENNA, a native of New York City, has lived in, visited, and gypsied through North and South America, Europe, the Philippines, Singapore, Haiti, the Hawaiian Islands, Malaysia, India, the Marshall Islands, Thailand, Australia, China, and a collection of Celtic and Japanese islands. She works with indigenous groups in base Christian communities and with justice and peace groups, as well as with parishes, dioceses, and religious communities. An internationally known author, theologian, storyteller, and lecturer, McKenna teaches at several colleges and universities and organizes retreats, workshops and parish missions. She has authored more than forty books, including And Morning Came: Scriptures of the Resurrection, Praying the Rosary, Send My Roots Rain, The New Stations of the Cross, and Harm Not the Earth.

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Well written, challenging, eye-opening.
Edna Esquibel
Megan McKenna is a gifted storyteller, yes I do realize this moniker is overused when describing writers who deftly use anecdotes in their writing.
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One can never go wrong with Megan McKenna.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By theHarrietAnn on April 7, 2013
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One can never go wrong with Megan McKenna. I am reading this book along the path to Pentecost.
It is all about going back to basics with the 4 Gospels: Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. Each chapter for each Gospel followed by another about the NOW, how to put it into practice today.
For example, at the beginning of the book, she reminds us that the gospels were written to be HEARD, not so much as for each to read it. This methodology forces each person to pervceive the awes, breathing, and tone of voice of another. Jesus Christ is true God, truly the Word of God. Liturgy of the Word is when we interiorize the Word through hearing. Liturgy of the Eucharist is when we interiorize the Word. In both cases, little by little we become the Word. All four evangelists are saying the same message, with different styles.
Megan is a theologian of storytelling, and her discernments are well supported with this meaningful tradition.
The reader will be challenged!
(Cover design is very good and delivery service was excellent!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheffer on July 7, 2013
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This book is written by a woman who is not afraid to really define and identify the selfishness in our daily Christian life. I was impressed by her insight and ability to penetrate my hidden motives for my actions.. It is a book to read slowly and ponder how it impacts your life.. It is a very liberal view and the anti-capitalism is evident.. I do not always agree with her views related to capitalism but respect her well- thought opinion..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Candice D Chaloupka on July 30, 2013
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This book really challenged my current thinking about what it means to be a Christian. I didn't realize how much I would read the Bible but not really "read" the Bible. I had read on the surface but never really dug deeper. For example, I never thought much about Joseph - the foster-father of Jesus other than what was said in the Gospels.

Here's what Ms. McKenna has to say:

"Joseph is described as a righteous man, high praise indeed for any Jew or Christian. And what does this just man do? He breaks the law and interprets what the law might mean in a wildly creative and life-giving way-a way that demands much more of him than the law ever did before."

I never thought of Joseph quite that way before but his choices fit with what Jesus preaches against the religious leaders about being "religious hypocrites" (see Matthew 23 for an example).

It was Ms. McKenna's discussion of the Gospel of Matthew that really struck a nerve with me as a Catholic. In response to Matthew 23, she says:

"Today in our churches, we have reached the point where Jesus is enraged at the practices that enforce and sustain traditions from the last sixteen hundred or more years and are a far cry from the gospel-his words and ways of being with the people? And what about these traditions that have become more important than Jesus' words and practices?

Why are people excluded from the Eucharist because of failures in marriage, or described as intrinsically disordered, while those who exclude them have done wrong, and are doing equally grave or worse things?...The Eucharist is not a reward for being good-it is the food for all the people of God, sinners and all-and Jesus fed every person at every meal he was a part of, either as guest or host....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Donatucci on April 26, 2013
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Megan McKenna has a way of telling the story and getting her points across. She keeps her reader's attention.and makes one think in a deeper way about what is being proclaimed in the scripture. I particularity like the way she writes about the times of Jesus and the audience he is addressing. She then brings it up to modern times and reflects on what the words of Jesus mean to us today.
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