- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (April 2005)
- ISBN-10: 0974844179
- ISBN-13: 978-0974844176
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
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The Body Broken: Embracing the Peace of Christ in a Fragmented Church Paperback – April, 2005
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"Clarity and conviction; these two words characterize the message of The Body Broken.... A masterpiece!" -- Billy C. Curl, Minister, Crenshaw Church of Christ, Los Angeles, CA
"In The Body Broken, Reese restores my faith that those who gather at the Lord's Table can be one." -- William Willimon, author of Sunday Dinner: The Lords Supper and the Christian Life
"Occasionally a book comes along that demands our attention because of its compelling relevancy. This is such a book." -- Joy McMillon, Associate Editor, The Christian Chronicle
About the Author
JACK R. REESE serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, where he teaches courses in preaching and worship. He travels extensively to build up churches, equip church leaders, and encourage the ministry of reconciliation. He co-authored The Crux of the Matter: Crisis, Tradition, and the Future of Churches of Christ.
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The author's analysis of our current needs also resonated with me deeply. His four reasons our children are leaving gave me considerable pause. The heart of the book is applicable to all followers of Jesus, no matter your heritage. Our history of division is not unique to us. And, as the author so masterfully exposes, the letters of Paul demonstrate its presence in the earliest churches; AND the solution for such godless attitudes and behavior.
His personal stories and scripture paraphrases make this book enjoyable reading. The application is pointed and directs us to consider our ways as move into the future.
"The Body Broken" is a natural follow up to "The Crux of the Matter". "The Crux of the Matter" gives the background to our current dilemmas and strife. "The Body Broken" takes the information and personalizes it. From academic to accountable is the progression between books. It is recommended that you read both books as they have a great deal of earthy insight into our thinking, hearts and potential future.
Jack Reese takes his own personal experiences and lays them bare in "The Body Broken". His confessions, fears, victories and personal insights bring the subject matter of unity to a personal level. This is not an emotional mess of a book, far from it. Mr. Reese calls us to embrace our theology and differentiating salvation doctrine. As he dives into baptism and the Lord's supper, he also calls us to remember the holiness to which we were (are) called by these wonderful acts of participating in our relationship with God.
The book is not only a great personal read, but is the foundation for deeper study as a group. There is a study guide at the back of the book to facilitate discussion. The book is not an intellectual challenge to read, it leaves all the challenge for the heart. "The Body Broken" is an important work for those who wish promote unity and Godly relations within Restoration Movement churches.