After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
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It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead.
Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution-a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth.
There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2010
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From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.
Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.
We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.
N. T. Wright is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of Surprised by Scripture, The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament.
“A follow-up to Wright’s Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, this solid volume will appeal to Christians who appreciate biblical interpretation that hews to tradition but incorporates an emphasis on contemporary social justice as an element of Christian virtue.”
“Often we get stuck between two extremes: an antinomian (’against law’) spontaneity, and a rule-focused legalism. Instead, argues Wright… we need to develop virtuous character. …Just about everything in After You Believe [is] a fresh way of exploring many familiar truths.”
“One reason so many people read Tom Wright today is because he can write prose that is flat-out captivating. . . . Vintage Wright.”
“In his latest book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, Wright challenges the churchand broader society in generalto return to virtue and the development of character.”
“Making disciples is about the long-term development of Christian character. There is no quick fix discipleship. It is the development of Christlike behavior as second nature. This book spells out the New Testament basis and its application to Western culture.”
“Those who tend toward legalistic views will find little comfort. It is a book worth considering.”
“As in all Wright books… you need to build your virtue muscle, sit down, exercise your free will and make a decision to read the whole thing… twice.”
“[A] very rich book.... Readers of After You Believe will admire Wright’s close reading of Scripture, his clear prose, and his evident love for his Christian faith.”
“In his new book, Wright,…one of the most prolific and influential theologians of the 20thCentury,…posits that the development of virtue -- by the church and in broader society -- could help lead the Western world out of the sea of despondency in which it currently finds itself languishing.”
“[N.T. Wright is a] master at straight-forward, street-level writing about what makes our religious lives truly matter in the world. …Wright’s...powerful new book... is a clarion call to mature Christians to take seriously some of Jesus’ messages we’ve long ignored.”
“A book that carefully examines Christian character, Christian virtues and the Christian life . . . needs serious attention.”
“An excellent book . . . Wright’s fine theological reflections here shed much light.”
“For those who feel the church has lost its way, Wright offers a roadmap to help guide its followers home.”
“Beautifully written, rich with insights and lined with thought-provoking material .. . . Sometimes compared to a modern-day C.S. Lewis, N. T. Wright is an author not to be missed.... Highly recommended.”
“One of the world’s best published Scripture scholars and an Anglican bishop, N. T. Wright’s latest book blends biblical competence and pastoral experience. This is a book for a general audience with evangelical leanings about how a Christian goes about developing virtue, character or habits of thinking, feeling and acting.”
“After You Believe by N. T. Wright offers yet another clarion call for believers and their communities to see that their actions in everyday life are evidence of the faith within.”
JamesMass.Age: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Learing to living out who we are in ChristJuly 26, 2012JamesMass.Age: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After you believe by N. T. Wright
The book is 307 pages long made up of eight chapters. The subtitle to the book is "Why Christian character matters" which is the overriding theme of the book.
Wright tells us what the book is all about on page 4. He says the book is about "character" but it also helps to answer the question of "what now?" "Ok, I'm saved longing to go to heaven when I die; I tell people about Jesus and keep my nose clean but is that it?" On page 2 there's a discussion of a man named James who asks the question which basically is "Isn't there anything else that happens after you believe and before you finally die and go to heaven?" This is a great question because many have seen heaven as what we are waiting for and while we wait we might tell a few people about Jesus but that's really all we have to do.
This is a great book to challenge our thinking and to help us walk between legalism on one hand (Christianity is all about rules and laws) and a free antinomianism on the other (What matters is being genuine and true to yourself). Why does Christian character or virtue matter and how does that prepare us for glory to come? On page 70 Wright says "_you have to grasp that Christian virtue isn't about you - your happiness, your fulfillment, your self-realization, it's about God and God's kingdom_"
Another great quote from the book is found on page 146 where Wright is speaking about living out who we are in Christ and how at first it can seem hard and awkward but over time we begin to have a second nature about the way we act and live which is in line with Christ. He explains it by giving an illustration. "_ I remember a piano teacher pointing out to me that the reason I was having trouble with a piece of music I'd taught myself to play was that I'd paid no attention to the fingering which the composer himself had suggested. When I first tried the â€˜proper' fingering, after months of stumbling through the piece in my own sweet way, I felt very strange, I could hardly concentrate on the feeling in the music because I was so bothered by the odd feeling in my fingers. But, again gradually, not only did I get used to the new fingering, but the piece began to sing in a way it hadn't before. That's what it's like when someone seriously begins to â€˜put on' the things Paul is talking about." It seems to me that Wright is saying something like "Laws and rules are not what Christianity is all about but becoming like Christ, real and genuine people who are fully human". The rules and laws are there to guide but are not the point.
There's a lot to the book that will help, inspire, and challenge you to live out who you are in Christ. I would suggest everyone pick it up.
Joe5 Stars Out Of 5Another excellent read from Wright!April 3, 2012JoeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5NT Wright has given us another thoughtful and very readable call to turn our world upside down by living truly Christ-like lives: lives built on character. This book will challenge and move you to examine ways to help bring virtue back to the forefront of our lives and our culture.
barekneesPerth, ON, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5VirtueApril 1, 2011barekneesPerth, ON, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Although I have not read the book all the way through yet, I am intrigued by the concept that we need to develop the elements of Christian character to the extent that they become our natural response to the circumstances and situations into which the Lord leads us. How much better is this than trying to think what rule applies in each case.
David Halseth5 Stars Out Of 5June 10, 2010David HalsethI have followed Rev. Wright for 7 years. My entire thinking about the Christian life has been transformed for the good.After You Believe will assist the American Christian in the reality of what it really means to follow Jesus. We need a good dose of reality here, in my humble opinion. We do not seem to be making mature Christians but simply folks that still think its all about themselves. Wright is amazing, trustworthy and humble. You will not be sorry for investing in this life changing book.
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