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Through Flaming Sword: The Life and Legacy of George Fox [Paperback]

By Arthur O. Roberts (Author)
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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 5, 2008
Publisher   Barclay Press
ISBN  1594980160  
EAN  9781594980169  


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Arthur O. Roberts illuminates the passion, struggles, and legacy of a man committed to authentic Christian living at a critical time in history. George Fox, desiring a kingdom of truth and love on this side of the flaming sword of Eden, led a 17th-century spiritual awakening that attracted thousands of people people who became known as the Society of Friends (Quakers). Through Flaming Sword is both a spiritual biography of Fox and a closer look at Fox's legacy, particularly his thoughts on Christian holiness and the nature of the church. Today s restless pilgrims, troubled by the world and diligently trying to follow Jesus, will find in Fox a spirited companion for the journey.This new book is a 50th-anniversary edition with revisions to the original work published in 1959.

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Arthur O. Roberts illuminates the passion, struggles, and legacy of a man committed to authentic Christian living at a critical time in history. George Fox, desiring a kingdom of truth and love on this side of the flaming sword of Eden, led a seventeenth-century spiritual awakening that attracted thousands of peoplepeople who became known as the Society of Friends (Quakers). Through Flaming Sword is both a spiritual biography of Fox and a closer look at Foxs legacy, particularly his thoughts on Christian holiness and the nature of the church. Todays restless pilgrims, troubled by the world and diligently trying to follow Jesus, will find in Fox a spirited companion for the journey.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Arthur O. Roberts is professor at large at George Fox University and a Quaker scholar, writer, lyricist, and poet. He is the author of numerous books, including "Drawn by the Light, Look Closely at the Child, Sunrise and Shadow, and "Messengers of God. He lives with his wife, Fern, in Yachats, Oregon.

Arthur O. Roberts currently resides in the state of Oregon.

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Thoughts about 'Through Flaming Sword' from a Conservative Friend  Apr 11, 2009
I'm glad to be the first reviewer of this book.

First, the good news. I think that this book gives us a clear concise and spiritually powerful view of George Fox. Arthur O. Roberts did an exceptional job of telling us the story about how George Fox and the early Friends thought about and practiced a life of holiness and nearness to God. In fact, I would go so far to say that this is the best description that I have ever read about George Fox's spiritual life and how he was motivated and empowered by the Light of Christ Within.

Since I write this from the viewpoint of a Conservative Friend, here in the second part of my review I'm going to discuss what I see as a very large problem with "Through Flaming Sword." Arthur O. Roberts is a professor of pastoral ministries/college chaplain of Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas, and what does this say? This says that Arthur O. Roberts is an Evangelical and Pastoral Friend who totally skipped over the fact that Conservative Friends still meet in expectant waiting worship for the Lord to speak and for us to hear His voice. Professor Roberts knows that there are still Friends who worship in the way described above. I know this, because he tells us that he used some of their work in his bibliography.

But then he leads us to believe that the only kind of "Quakers" that there are is pastoral, Evangelical Quakers.

I was really taken aback by this. The one thing that I've always found from Christian Friends who meet in the original way of our ancestors is that they are always truthful. Interestingly, I did not find that with Professor Roberts' views of Quakerism. Why would he lead us to believe that Evangelical Friends are the only kind of Friends that still exist? I was pretty much mind-blown by this. The sadness that I find in this is that this is a tremendously well-written and researched book, up until about page 98 (there are 143 pages in this book).

This leads me to wonder are all Evangelical Quakers like Professor Roberts? Do they deliberately mislead people into believing that they are the only Friends still left on the face of the earth as well? If so, why is this? I gave this book 3 stars because I think that the historical research that Professor Roberts did was very well done (although much of it came from George Fox's Journal). So I'm left thinking that if you are an Evangelical Friend, you will probably really like this book. If you're a Conservative Christian Friend, I think that you might have a taste in your mouth that is dry as dust, and be left wondering why did this man write this book in such a way.

Again, I want to say that I appreciate Professor Roberts' work on Fox's ideas about holiness and closeness to the Light Within, but he is light years away from being accurate about other kinds of Christian Friends and how they live and worship the Lord.

I don't want to be uncharitable in my review of this book, so I'll just say that there are many strengths to the first part of the book, and the second part of the book left me extremely puzzled and concerned about myself and others being completely dismissed as Conservative Christian Friends.
 

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