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Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (Stob Lectures 2006) Paperback – April 15, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


Richard John Neuhaus
— editor in chief of First Things
"Jacobs is that rare Christian thinker whose faith carries him into the most unlikely encounters with other ways of being in the world, from which he returns to give us reports in prose of enviable grace."

Jacobs’s lectures do not set out a systematic narrative theology; he did not mean them to. What he has done instead is to outline beautifully and with some theoretical depth why it is that, in the words of the old hymn, we ‘love to tell the story.’”
Religious Studies Review
“Well-suited for courses on literature and religion, Jacobs’s brief apologia for personal testimony is a welcome contribution to the discussion of the ways in which Christian theology is an ongoing story of the many and the one.”
Reviews in Religion & Theology
“The prolific and unfailingly readable Alan Jacobs turns his attention in this slim but weighty book to the genre of Christian testimony. . . . The discussion is always erudite, unpredictable, and wide-ranging, yet harnessed to a clear understanding of what is at stake in his subject matter.”
Christianity Today
“’Testimony.’ If you are an evangelical of a certain age, that word will have a powerful resonance for you. It’s fallen out of fashion a bit, in part because we have seen a necessary correction to an excessive emphasis on individual Christian experience. Without dismissing this ‘ecclesiocentric’ turn, Alan Jacobs wants to rehabilitate testimony. ‘What is my story? And how can I tell it?’ That’s the burden of this superb book, a slim volume based on the 2006 Stob Lectures at Calvin College.”

About the Author

Alan Jacobs is distinguished professor of literature at BaylorUniversity, Waco, Texas. His many other books include Original Sin: A Cultural History, LookingBefore and After: Testimony and the Christian Life,A Visit to Vanity Fair, Shaming theDevil, and The Narnian: The Life andImaginationof C. S. Lewis.

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Product Details

  • Series: Stob Lectures 2006
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802849814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802849816
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,974,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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