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About the Author

Donovan, a Spiritan priest, spent seventeen years in Tanzania before returning to ministry in the U.S.
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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; 25 Anv edition (February 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570754624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570754623
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents a thoughtful and refreshing response to the question, "What is the nature of mission work?" Donovan made a point to strip the Gospel of its "cultural accretions from the West", and so present the Masai with a Christ free to be the God of all tribes and nations, as He was really meant to be. Donovan's mission to the Masai paints a beautiful and awe-inspiring picture of our Lord, and of the church that is His body. As an American, my picture of the Body of Christ is often, and unfortunately, very American. Ethnocentrism is a fault that all Christians must address and overcome, and this book richly illustrates one man's struggle to find and share the essence of our Faith, beneath and beyond all colours and cultures. His journey is remarkable in its depth, outstanding in its experience of the One, True God. This is inspiring and informative reading, poetically analytical, and spiritually enlightening. I strongly recommend it to a! ny Christian appreciative of the diversity of the Body, interested in the proclamation of the Good News to pagan peoples, or desiring a new understanding of the nature of the Kingdom of God.
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Donovan's Christianity Rediscovered is a hallmark book all Christians should have. The real experience the missionary Donovan had while working with the Masai tribe in East Africa tells of how God acts in the world and why there is still an importance to spread the Gospel, and continue Christ's Great Commission. The book is not for the person wanting to remain prejudiced or enclosed in their own Christianity; for Christianity is universal, and God is the God of all Nations. The book is an answer to postmodern pluralism if there ever was one, and an easy, beautiful read. I recommend it to all persons, and I think it is mandatory for all Christians of all walks.
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In a pluralistic age where Christians are seeking to re-discover a solid sense of the gospel, Donovan's book challenges our assumptions, our modern ideologies and our pride and takes us back to a very simple yet profound understanding of the living Way, Jesus. As a missionary who has helped to redefine missions, Donovan invites the African church to tutor himself and all of us as well on this journey of discovery. This is helpful reading for anyone, Catholic or Protestant, or a curious seeker who'd like to discover more about God moving within world culture than as a set of rigid doctrines.
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A documentary of one man's experience as a missionary to the Masai of East Africa, but much more. Challenges long-held views on both the purpose and the method of missions while maintaining an unwavering committment to the gospel.

Quotation: "Dear Bishop, ...Suddenly I feel the urgent need to cast aside all theories and discussions, all efforts at strategy--and simply go to these people and do the work among them for which I came to Africa. ...just go and talk to them about God and the Christian message. Outside of this, I have no theory, no plan, no strategy, no gimmick, no idea of what will come. I feel rather naked. I will begin as soon as possible...."
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This is a wonderful story of a catholic priest who realized he needed to get rid of all the catholic "stuff" and priest "stuff", so he could actually bring something powerful, beautiful and timeless to the Maasai people. And it worked. They already had an idea about God, who was harsh and distant, and they didn't like the witch doctors. To a non-catholic it's weird to hear how he needed to actually learn what the bible said and not what "the Church" said. However once Donovan had read the NT afresh, and thought about how the Apostle Paul worked, and how the Holy Spirit did the rest, he embarked on a journey to share the story of Jesus and not bring in any baggage (at least intentionally). He met with 6 tribes once a week, one morning a week for one year traveling all over the Maasai lands. The plan was to do 6 tribes a year. He was there for 17 years. At the end of the year he asked for their responses and if they wanted to be baptized. There are many beautiful, and at times funny stories. One of the elders points out how God is like a lion who has hunted down and now captured their tribe in order to take them into Himself.
He has a fairly long session in the book analyzing catholic missions and the misdirected ideas of missions in general. I couldn't help thinking he and the rest of the RC church and missions programs would have a less agonized existence if they knew and believed the shorted Westminster Catechism statement: "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever".
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I heard a sermon by Father Donovan in Brevard NC a few years ago and was so inspired that I spoke to him afterwards and asked him if he had written a book...he told me about this one. This book has and continues to answer questions I have about the Christian faith. Father Donovan is a remarkable person with great insight and compassion. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who has doubts about the Christian faith and where they fit in...there is room for everyone.
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Vicent is a major thinker. He uses the Masai tribe in Tanzania as a platform to consider, What is the basic gospel message? Breaking tradition and trying to get the Masai to consider the gospel in a way that makes sense to them gives us food for thought as we consider the gospel in our culture. Many American Christians have disliked the ways the gospel has been watered down or perhaps outright trashed as it has entered other cultures. We seem to be blind to our own cultural influences in the gospel we preach to our own and then try to take to the world.
Definately a good read.
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