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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829818472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829818475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lot of us have been saying that a book like this one needed to be written. Snider and Bowen have given us just what we need -- and more, because the book not only says what needs to be said, but does so in a delightful, intelligent, and encouraging way. Enthusiastically recommended -- yes, for Mainliners, but also for Evangelicals and Roman Catholics who also need a shot of hope about the future."
-Brian D. McLaren, activist, author, and speaker

"Convergence between streams of emergent and progressive Christianity is a striking and hopeful happening. This exciting book is very much needed now."
-Marcus J. Borg, Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, and best-selling author of The Heart of Christianity

"This painstakingly researched, beautifully crafted work not only places the reader's hand on the pulse of emerging theology but draws out how this contemporary movement relates to, and resonates with, the wider Christian heritage."
-Peter Rollins, founder of Ikon, and author of How (Not) to Speak of God and The Orthodox Heretic

About the Author

Phil Snider is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds an M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Emily Bowen earned her M.Div. from Phillips Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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I have read the book...and it's a terrific resource. I've adapted their benediction for our services and we used the Reformation Sunday activity to great effect. Anyone interested in thoughtful, engaging worship ideas would be well served to buy this book -- AND read it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert O. Weitzeil on June 27, 2011
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An essy to read history of the Emergeant an its various strands by folks who have been involved in the mailine emergent experience. Gives a good background and an excellent bibliography of the movement.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Ivy on December 26, 2012
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I have not had the opportunity to read the book. I imagine it will be one that I enjoy and learn from as I am interested in the Emergent church.
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