Different Eyes: The Art of Living Beautifully  -     By: Steve Chalke, Alan Mann
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Different Eyes: The Art of Living Beautifully

Zondervan / 2010 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780310571971
ISBN-13: 9780310571971
UPC: 025986571979
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

We have a need today to free up the Church in its ability think through and debate its ethical responses to contemporary issues. How do we think about and respond to the issues of crime, punishment and rehabilitation, consumerism - money, banks, economics and bonuses, war and peace making, euthanasia and assisted dying, same sex relationships. etc. ‘We can only act within the world we can envision…. We do not come to see merely by looking, but must develop disciplined skills through initiation into that community that attempts to live faithfully to the story of God…by learning to be faithful disciples, we are more able to see the world as it is.’ Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom. Ethics provide the cultural and moral framework in which we live our whole lives. Our ethics are like the air we breathe, and though for the most part they go unnoticed, our lives and communities depend on them. But Christian ethics are distinctive. They are not just anyone’s ethics. Indeed, if the Christian vision is not distinct from other moral frameworks, then what is so special about Christ and our story? For many, Jesus has simply become nothing more than a ‘personal’ and ‘private’ motivator to the same common ideals, which are shared by all. So, how do we live distinctively in a time of uncertainty? How do we see the world through the eyes of Christ? What tools do we need for the complex choices that confront us, in order to live well; to live Christ centred lives in the 21st century? This book provides this kind of help in a clearly, written accessible style with discussion questions making this useful for small-group use.

Author Bio

Steve Chalke is an ordained minister and the founder of Oasis, which over the last 25 years has developed into a group of charities working to deliver education, training, youth work, health care and housing around the world. He is the senior minister of Church.co.uk, Waterloo and a UN Special Advisor working to combat people trafficking. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his work in social inclusion. Alan Mann is a freelance writer, educator and consultant in the area of Christianity and contemporary culture. He has worked with Steve Chalke on numerous publications, including The Lost Message of Jesus.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    July 9, 2010
    Wesley Vander Lugt
    This review was written for Different Eyes: The Art of Living Beautifully.
    In this very accessible little book, Steve Chalke and Alan Mann present a compelling vision of the Christian life, one that is, as indicated by the chapter titles, surprising, imaginative, revolutionary, chosen, distinctive, enlightened, countercultural and adventurous. What you will find in Different Eyes, however, is not something entirely new, but a popular and creative appropriation of virtue or character ethics grounded in narrative vision. Frequent quotations from Stanley Hauerwas, William Willimon, Alasdair McIntryre, William Spohn, and Samuel Wells reveal that Chalke and Mann desire to avoid Christian ethics based on rules and decisions and focus on virtues, habits and the narrative vision and community that sustain them.There is a growing consensus that this is the best way forward for Christian ethics, but I am sometimes chagrined by the lack of practical examples of how this approach plays out in daily life. Chalke and Mann are right to emphasize that Christian ethics is about everyday life, not just big issues and decisions, but then it is slightly ironic that they go on to discuss four case studieswar, wealth, homosexuality, and euthanasiaall of which are big issues in Christian ethics. So what about everyday living? What about our choice of food for breakfast, the way we interact with our co-workers, or the kind of car we drive?Overall, Different Eyes is on the right track, situating the discussion of beautiful living within the context of vision and virtue. I think the average reader, however, will be left wondering what it actually looks like to practice the art of living beautifully. How do we cultivate the Christian vision of reality? How do we develop gospel virtues? Answering these questions more adequately will help us discern how to live beautiful and distinctly in every area of life.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    April 14, 2010
    Michelle Smith
    This review was written for Different Eyes: The Art of Living Beautifully.
    Different Eyes: The Art of Living Beautifully by Steve Chalke and Alan Mann is indeed a well-written read by an interesting writer.Chalke's text is divided into 4 parts, each containing 2 sections and covering current ethical topics such as crime and punishment, war and peace making, euthanasia and assisted living, consumerism and wealth, homosexuality and more. Each part contains a couple of letters written from opposing viewpoints, followed by discussion questions. Early in the book, Chalke discusses the context of God's relationship with his people in his giving of laws, and his intent in desiring His people to live a life holy and different from their surrounding neighbors and made some interesting points. Yet, as I read I wasn't so sure Chalke was giving many actual Scriptural guidelines for dealing with the ethical dilemmas of life. Although Chalke is certainly an able writer, I was uneasy with his theological leanings, eventually reading the last half of his book rather quickly. However, since this book contains many interesting stories as well as discussion questions in each chapter, some may still find it a good source for considering the ethical dilemmas of life or using in a classroom setting. This book was provided free for review by Zondervan.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 9, 2010
    Andrea Schultz
    This review was written for Different Eyes: The Art of Living Beautifully.
    I've always had an interest in ethics & the deeper issues in life. When I was given the opportunity to review Different Eyes, I was in! God's been showing me again & again that Jesus is all I need. Pastor Chalke makes this clear. I love this paragraph:The writers of the New Testament are clear. Gods character is fully, accurately and completely revealed in Jesus, who came, self-sacrificially served, died on the cross, rose again and sent the Holy Spirit to illume, empower, guard and guide us. If you are looking for a master class in ethics, an advanced course in moral formation, to key to living beautifully sign up here! Jesus is the picture of the way God is. (p. 52)Heres another example of how much we need Jesus:Our becoming moral persons truly Christ-like human beings is only made possible through a living relationship with his Spirit, who develops in us a moral character based on virtues that are at the heart of who God is, expressed in the life of Jesus. As Paul writes to the church at Galatia, Gods Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled (Galatians 5:22-23 CEV). (p. 61)This book covers some controversial topics War & Military Intervention, the Use of Wealth, Homosexuality, & Euthanasia & Assisted Dying. In each of these sections, there are 2 letters offering opposing viewpoints, as well as some questions to ponder or discuss with others.Overall, I gleaned a lot from this book; its right up my alley! Pastor Chalke is British, so he has a bent that is slightly more leftist than I am used to reading. I like to be exposed to different viewpoints; Jesus is not a Republican or a Conservative, after all! So I was appreciative he provided his perspective on Christianity - through his eyes.This book was provided to me by Zondervan for review purposes.Reviewed by Andrea Schultz Ponderings by Andrea
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