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4.0 out of 5 stars That's (not) the God I Know!, July 8, 2008
This review is from: Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian (Hardcover)
If Tom Long is correct, and I think he's right on target, either version of the above phrase would get considerable more airtime in conversations after reading his book. In Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian, Long offers that our testimony, what we believe matters most, is both embodied and an act of verbal expression. For Christians, what we believe matters most involves talk about God. Not wanting more superfluous "God chatter" in the public square, Long challenges readers to say what they really believe because "unless you can say it, you don't really believe it." And, therefore, you embody what it is you really believe.
This discussion of what one believes falls under the category of truth telling. Truth telling is at once an admirable trait but also can be difficult, even dangerous. Writing for Christians, Long elucidates how the practice of truth telling is practiced in the setting of Christian worship. Long's provocative idea is "the church is the learning environment for wisdom" and that "worship is a soundtrack of the rest of our life, where we have the words and music and actions inside the sanctuary playing in the background as we live our lives, outside in the world". In worship, according to Long, we are in conversation with God and we prepare ourselves to speak truthful and life-changing speech in the other areas of our lives.
To truly practice testimony in the depth Long proposes would challenge people into conversation over their particular view of God. Such conversations would do much toward healing the enmities that exist in the world. In this way, this book is an excellent read not only for Christians, but also for anyone interested in the Christian practice of testimony.
Note: Overall the book is of excellent quality. The last quarter seems a bit repetitive which is the reason for the 4 star rating.
Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian (The Practices of Faith Series)
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