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Nick the Cat: Christian Reflections on the Stranger [Paperback]

By Dr Roberta Bondi (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2001
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687045207  
EAN  9780687045204  


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Combining her storytelling skills with theological insights and reflections, Bondi here tells the story of the stray cat Nick, who wheedled his way into her family's life, home, and heart. At first almost nothing but a pathetic bag of torn, matted bones, Nick arrived unexpectedly but quickly won their hearts. Under the care of a vet and the Bondis, he regained his health while receiving a home and much affection. His coming and going, his health and its decline, his insanity and death are gently told. Nick's presence prompts Bondi to reflect on the unexpected way grace comes into our lives and how we push away the Other, be it stranger, one who is sick, or a person of different orientations and beliefs. She also comments on evil and mental illness; on suffering and the atonement; on the unexpected nature of love; on the training of the heart and mind and the discipline of the Christian life for dealing with otherness; on the pervasive and persistent nature of sin; and, on the nature of embodiment, mortality, and loss.

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Combining her storytelling skills with theological insights and reflections, Bondi here tells the story of Nick, a stray cat, who weedled his way into her family's life, home, and heart.  Nick's presence prompts Roberta to reflect on the unexpected way grace comes into our lives; how we push away the Other, be it stranger, one who is sick, a person of different orientations and beliefs; on evil and mental illness; on suffering and the atonement; on the unexpected nature of love; on the training of the heart and mind and the discipline of the Christian life for dealing with otherness; on the pervasive and persistent nature of sin; on the nature of embodiment, mortality, and loss.



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More About Dr Roberta Bondi

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Roberta C. Bondi is Professor of Church History at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of Night on the Flint River, In Ordinary Time, Memories of God, A Place to Pray, and Nick the Cat (forthcoming), all published by Abingdon Press.

Roberta C. Bondi currently resides in the state of Georgia.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great book  May 15, 2008
This book was recommended to me when we lost our beloved cat suddenly and unexpectedly. It is a very well written story of a theologian and church historian who is also a cat lover. She is adopted by a very unusual stray cat, the title Nick. She details her family's life with this cat until his death. The anecdotes of Nick's life are hilarious and his behavior is definitely un-cat-like.

She intersperses episodes in their life with Nick with observations on life and our tendency to anthropomorphize our animal friends. She makes the case that animals are not just a pre-programmed bundle of instincts but have unique "personalities." Her sociological and theological insights are useful and thought provoking.

All in all, an enjoyable read and a source of valuable insight.
 
Robert Bondi and all her books are a MUST read  Feb 25, 2008
Nick the Cat is like nothing you have ever read. It is about a stray cat and what happens to the woman, a retired Harvard and Candler prof and Oxford Scholar and a completely companionable woman, who encounters and tries to understand this strange cat. For every cat lover and everyone who examines their life from its spiritual side.
 

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