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The Best Christian Writing 2006 (Best Christian Writings) [Paperback]

By John Wilson (Editor) & Mark Noll (Introduction by)
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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787974757  
EAN  9780787974756  

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Presents a compilation of writings that explore Christian belief, practice, and faith in modern society, with contributions from such authors as Andy Crouch, Amy Laura Hall, Paul Marshall, Virginia Stem Owens, and Gregory Wolfe.

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"The Best Christian Writing 2006" is the latest edition of the critically acclaimed series that offers a collection of the best and brightest Christian writing in one compelling volume. "The Best Christian Writing 2006" contains accessible essays that provide an excellent overview of the range and depth of Christian thinking and display the unity in diversity evident in today's leading Christian writers. The contributors distill the riches of belief into lucid explorations of faith that reflect the many dimensions of lived Christianity. Well-crafted and provocative, these essays will inspire and challenge readers who seek to live their faith in a contemporary world. This important resource includes contributions from a diverse group of distinguished writers.

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Excellent reading  Apr 11, 2007
I have not read the entire book. However an interview with Eugene Peterson alone is worth the price of the book.
A Great Set of Essays  Aug 31, 2006
A wonderful and personable collection of travel writings from the spiritual journey. I would have given it 5 stars, but I find Richard John Neuhaus a most rigid read and I don't like the patronizing judgments Paul Marshall passed upon Islam. But the rest are fine in every way, especially: Amy Laura Hall on Bioethics, Frederica Mathewes-Green on Crucifixion theology, Bill McKibbon on Church, Lauren Winner on weddings and Daniel Taylor on a most unusual pilgrimage.
A fine selection with some real gems  Jul 11, 2006
"The Best Christian Writing 2006" contains twenty selections varying from theology to movie review to travelogue to observation of aged and infirm care to art criticism. My favorites are:

- "Phil's Shadow: The Lessons of Groundhog Day" which casts a discerning eye on the Bill Murray film. Author Michael P. Foley convincingly examines the movie beyond the obvious conclusion that it portrays Eastern religious themes such as karma and rebirth to find it is rife with Christian allusions and foundations. This essay is fascinating and fun.

- "The Meaning of Christ's Suffering," by Eastern Orthodox convert Frederica Mathewes-Green is a prior-to-seeing-it reflection on Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." More accurately, it is a finely reasoned argument that lingering on Christ's pain on the cross (as Gibson's movie does) arose seriously only in later medieval times and that before that Christians (even back to the writers of the Gospels) concentrated more on the salvific intention of the crucifixion: Christ as Savior rather than as Victim. Mathewes-Green distinguishes between ideas of Christ as freely offering his death to the Father vs. Christ as payment demanded by the Father. I found this the most important discussion in the book.

- "Brother John" which takes us briefly into a Trappist Monastery and shares a glimpse of a man who "loves God so much he doesn't know what to do with he stands outside on a cold Christmas night with an umbrella offer us some protection and human comfort...." Brother John is a vivid reminder of loving, selfless devotion to God and he is not soon set aside.

- "Is Art Salvific?" falls more into the category of art criticism than Christian writing, but it manages to consider whether art ought to be completed in the one observing it or in and of itself, as an expression of the numinous or the mundane, and as "the object of engrossed contemplation" or of participation. At one point the author, Nicholas Wolterstorff, writes that a chair in a museum can't "come into its own" because it isn't being used as a chair behind its glass case. But, is it a chair because it is used as one or because we see it as one? And does a hymn "come into its own" because it is sung or because it is heard or only both? Is something "art" when it records the detritus of our lives or when it "puts us in the presence of the Transcendent?" These are questions worth pursuing.

To those who pick up a book for ideas, "The Best Christian Writing 2006" doesn't disappoint. But the anthology is wide-ranging enough that readers interested in sociological, ministerial and emotional aspects of Christianity will also be satisfied. Recommended.

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