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Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society Paperback – March 31, 2003
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Eugene Peterson writes that Marva Dawn's new book contains, " clarifying, energizing, necessary words for Christian understanding and obedience." Walter Brueggemann describes Dawn as, "one of our most acute social critics and articulate theologians, who moves quickly past the puzzling issues of method to the real stuff of faith." The real stuff of faith and life is what I deal with everyday. So does this book in any way help me as a priest and pastor to make sense of the world around me? Does it equip and encourage the church in being better at being Jesus in the world today? I believe it does!
This book is not just another post 9/11 commentary on modern life. It certainly does contain a reflective and accessible synthesis of social commentary, philosophy and theology which itself affords a piercing critique of the world as it is. But it's much much more. "Unfettered hope" is both prophetic statement and Christian apologetic, manifesto for practical engagement and pastoral handbook for faithful living. Dawn seeks to understand more cogently the forces which bind (fetter) people's lives thus preventing them from becoming truly human and truly Christian. These "fetterings" bind us and blind us by obscuring true priorities and values. In exchange people are given false hopes which result in them being distracted from what should be core values, priorities and practices, what are called our "focal concerns".
The book begins by looking at how life is fettered.Read more ›
My advice would be to skip this, unless you're :extremely: comfortable with reading and digesting academic/journal-style writing as part of your devotion/study time.
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I really wanted to get a lot out of this book. The subtitle "A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society" really excited me with the promise of guidelines on how to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. T.
Excellent. How many more words must I write to be polite? Seriously, if one is satisfied
stop with the word requirements!
I first Read Unfettered Hope in 2005, during the midst of our consumer driven economic boom. I was unsettled by the rampant materialsim but was not sure why. Read morePublished on November 9, 2008 by PDXbibliophile