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From literature and art to advertising and the movies, from scholarly works to the popular press, the themes of home, homelessness, and homecoming are pervasive in contemporary culture. Moreover, say Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh, these motifs profoundly illuminate much of what is often called the "postmodern age.' In Beyond Homelessness the authors illustrate and analyze various forms of homelessness - socio-economic, ecological, and psycho-spiritual. They then demonstrate how the Christian faith and the biblical story address the hurts of contemporary homelessness. On one level the book is an extended conversation concerning modernity and postmodernity, offering an articulation of a third way distinct from both positions. It is also an extended analysis and critique of contemporary North American society and culture. Perhaps most strikingly, however, Beyond Homelessness is a sustained engagement with and reading of Scripture in terms of home, homelessness, and homecoming, offering both challenge and hope to today's Christians.
This book goes far beyond covering the subject of homelessness as the social problem we all recognize in our cities. Mass emigrations, displaced families, and human alienation from the earth all mark our times. In critiquing contemporary North American culture, Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh discuss various forms of homelessness - socioeconomic, ecological, and psycho-spiritual - and creatively show how biblical attentiveness and Christian faith can heal the profound dislocations in our society.
Ending each of their chapters with a moving biblical meditation, the authors also interact throughout with characters and themes from current literature and popular culture - from Salman Rushdie to Barbara Kingsolver, from the Wizard of Oz to Bruce Cockburn.
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