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Reimagining Christianity: Reconnect Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind [Hardcover]

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Pages   263
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Wiley
ISBN  0471457078  
EAN  9780471457077  

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Dr. Jones inspires you to think, to question, to dig deeper into the truths of existence as a way of deepening your spirituality rather than accepting rigid dogma. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history, religion, and the heart, Jones encourages you to open doors to those of all faiths and even to those who profess no faith at all. As you do so, you can better understand the powerful promise of Christianity.

In this book, the author shows us how to get past tribalism while heeding the call to unity; how to appreciate the poetry, metaphor, and mystery of religion while avoiding strict literalism; how to heal the wound inside of us that religion may once have filled; how even non-Christians can be more Christlike than some who profess to be Christians; and how we can unlearn hate while learning to love and forgive. Hardcover, 263 pages. Wiley.

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Advance Praise
"From his pulpit at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Alan Jones has influenced for good an entire continent of struggling Christians. In this provoking and helpful new book, he extends his voice to those both within and beyond the Church. A thinking Christian in a thoughtless world is what he is and what he aims to make us. This is a very good start."
-- The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes
The Memorial Church, Harvard University, and author of The Good Book
"It used to be that Christian institutions and systems of dogma sustained the spiritual life of Christians. Increasingly, spirituality itself is what sustains everything else. Alan Jones is a pioneer in reimagining a Christian faith that emerges from authentic spirituality. His work stimulates and encourages me deeply."
-- Brian D. McLaren, pastor ( and author of A New Kind of Christian
"This is a bracing breath of spiritual fresh air, an intelligent, witty, and passionate reclaiming of the goal of religious practice-the conversion of the heart to kindness and peace as the common faith in which we can all be believers."
-- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake and It's Easier Than You Think
"Alan Jones is the best guide I know to lead us on the thorny but promising path that could lead to the renewal of Christianity."
-- Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly
"Compulsively readable, Alan Jones's book is a brave and brilliant attempt to res-cue Christianity from the clutches of the cruel reactionaries into which much of it has fallen. Generous-hearted Christians of all persuasions will cheer him on."
-- The Most Rev. Richard Holloway, retired as primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Edinburgh
"Alan Jones combines the power of the mystical, the honesty of the skeptical, and the eagerness of the romantic. His vision of faith and ministry for the time to come will be a gift for many readers."
-- Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia
"A daring call to renew our relation to Christianity-and ourselves-through fac-ing the great questions of the heart that today permeate the life of every serious seeker and the life of our whole endangered world."
-- Jacob Needleman, author of The American Soul and Lost Christianity

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More About Alan W. Jones

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alan Jones, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest and the Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California. He lectures all over the world as well as on the Webby Award--nominated Dr. Jones's books include Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude, winner of the prestigious 2004 Nautilus Award in the spirituality category.

Alan W. Jones was born in 1940.

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Here Comes Eveerybody  Jun 28, 2007
Alan Jones, Dead of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is a refreshing example of a Christian clergyman. He seeks and finds the essence of Christianity buried under centuries of dogmas and creeds. He believes that we must use our heart and imagination to resuscitate the message and meaning of Jesus. Literalism and scientism can be deadly, especially, to the soul.

One of the chapters that I especially like was "The God-Shaped Space in Our Hearts". "The hole in the soul is never fully filled. Even my friends who are skeptics and would call themselves atheists (often out of self-defense) are rather like the Dublin taxi driver, who when asked if he believed in leprechauns, 'Of course not, but they're there just the same!'"

Jones is a traditionalist in that he still loves The Creed, The Eucharist, holy water, angels and the liturgy. They nourish the heart. And it is the heart and love which is at the center of our quest for God.

Jones picks out three aspects of Christianity that he suggests could be the focus of a re-vitalization, a re-imaging of the faith: "Jesus the Broken Man," "Mary, the Pregnant Life," and "Trinity Means Communion."

Jones believes Christianity, if seen rightly and compassionately is a faith for "Everybody". "The coming of Jesus as both Baby and Judge offers access to God for all, including and especially those who have no claim of moral or spiritual privilege --- the unqualified. The God of Jesus is the God who sends rain on the just and the unjust, who loves everybody --- even the desperately wicked."

Oh, I forgot: Jones is an engaging writer possessing humor, a knack for words, fine use of anecdotes and quotes from everywhere.
Refreshing, Intense Look at Christianity  Jun 11, 2007
Alan Jones, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, is a deeply spiritual and incredibly smart man. These great qualities come forward on every page. For Jones, Christianity is not a bunch of rules to follow but instead a love affair, a journey through stories. Jones is critical of both evangelicals and secularists. Drawing on a variety of examples and sources, he says that Christianity needs imagination, a rethinking--it needs to embrace the things that religion too often tries to deny: anxiety, contradiction, diversity, mystery and our own brokenness. We do not need to deny science, but we also need to recognize that there is much more to life than the literal facts. Though we have become aware of other rich religions, we still owe dedication to our own. Jones' compassion is remarkable--his astute criticism paired with strong belief in forgiveness and his ultimate optimism. An extremely important book for our age.
Who needs a Christ anyway  Feb 23, 2006
Mr. Jones is clearly a heretic who cannot stand the gospel of Jesus Christ, nor the prophecy that announced his arrival. If Mr. Jones's theology is correct, then it doesn't matter what we believe. On the other hand, if he's wrong, there will be hell to pay. This is a risk i'm not willing to take his word for.

Christianity for the thinking, creative, and heart-centered  Mar 10, 2005
Alan Jones has written a book that invites us to take ownership of the Christian path, which he descibes as a living process rather than a proscribed set of rules. Our minds, our creativity, and our compassion are all tools for encountering Christ, and for a lifelong exploration of what it means to be Christian today, both in our fractured world and within our fractured Church. This is a book for people who are interested in commitment, community, and transformation, both internally and externally.
Spiritual and skeptical about religion?  Dec 28, 2004
Christianity took a wrong turn somewhere back and is painfully broken. This is not a book of blame but a book about redemption. The world is changing and there is an opportunity to begin again and reimage the story of our faith. This book is confirmation that there is movement in our society towards a maturing faith that lives out of the inclusive love of Jesus, not the exclusive shame of the church. Read it only if you have faith enough to question history, theology and tradition.

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