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Joy in Our Weakness: A Gift of Hope from the Book of Revelation [Paperback]

By Marva J. Dawn (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802860699  
EAN  9780802860699  

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Item Description...
Instead of looking for sensational end-time scenarios or wondering who will be left behind, Dawn sees the Book of Revelation as a comforting story of God's ultimate victory over evil. Her theology of weakness is particularly relevant for those who struggle with physical limitations and chronic illness.

Publishers Description
Neither a commentary on the book of Revelation nor a devotional work -- though it offers aspects of both -- "Joy in Our Weakness" is instead a theological and practical guide that ushers readers into the very presence of Christ and His Lordship over the powers of evil. Marva Dawn writes compassionately for those who suffer, for this book was born out of her own struggles with physical limitations and chronic illness, and it is intended to help the whole Church learn how to find Joy in every circumstance of life, especially in trials and sufferings. After outlining some important foundational principles in three introductory chapters, Dawn guides readers through the whole book of Revelation, pointing out the errors of those who try to calendarize the end of the world and instead delineating how The Revelation reveals Christ's Lordship, exposes the workings of the powers, and sustains those who suffer until evil is ultimately defeated. Now thoroughly revised for a wider readership, "Joy in Our Weakness" highlights The Revelation's original purpose -- to comfort afflicted, suffering believers -- and spells out a biblically grounded "theology of weakness," offering a rare gift to the Church today. A wealth of insight and encouragement truly awaits the readers of these pages.

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More About Marva J. Dawn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marva J. Dawn is a theologian, author, musician, and educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver, Washington, and Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. A scholar with four masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn has spoken for clergy and worship conferences and seminaries throughout North America and in Madagascar and in Eastern and Western Europe. She has written many books, most of which are published by Eerdmans.

Marva J. Dawn currently resides in the state of Washington. Marva J. Dawn was born in 1955.

Marva J. Dawn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Living Well
  2. Schaff Lectures / Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
perfect for reading and studying together  Nov 9, 2006
Reading this book with a friend of mine who is a quadriplegic was tremendous! Marva made sense of what can be a perplexing book of the Bible, beautifully addressing the also-perplexing life of suffering, with a message of hope for us both. The short chapters with real-life tie-ins were ideal in conveying a message that launched our dialogue after reading it.

A wonderfully practical message for anyone challenged by disability!
Mildly disappointed, but she has some good insights  Jun 23, 2004
I read this while preparing a series of Bible studies in the book of Revelation. I was looking for other viewpoints than the commonly available "prophetic" approaches to John's letter, and was handed this book as another option.

Overall I was mildly disappointed with this author's approach. While proposing to reveal, from the Revelation, a "doctrine of suffering", I felt that the reverse was what was actually done. It seemed that the author superimposed her sufferings onto her reading of this scripture.

While I have no problem with the viewpoint that God often uses suferings in our lives to both conform us into the image of His Son, and at the same time to demonstrate His saving and keeping power, I don't think the Revelation of Jesus Christ leads the way into this teaching.

There are some good highlights and insights that are valuable for the Church to remember in these days. One of which is a reminder that our prayers are compared to incense (creating an atmosphere) more than precision weapons (yielding targeted and immediate results).

Overall I would recommend this book, but without a lot of enthusiasm.


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