A father's labor of love challenges his children---and us---to live an authentic Christian life! In eloquent, honest letters written to his son and daughter, Jinkins weaves his insights with those of C.S. Lewis, John Calvin, Frederick Buechner, and other writers to strengthen his kids as they move forward in their spiritual journey. 128 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
Michael Jinkins is dean and professor of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His many previous books include Letters to New Pastors and The Church Faces Death.
Letters have been the source of some of the deepest insights and best writing in the Christian canon. Called to Be Human continues this tradition as Michael Jinkins explores the core issues of life and faith that challenge people of all ages, especially young adults. Written as a series of letters to the authors own adult children, the book passes along great tenets of the faith in a relevant and accessible fashion.
The letters that comprise the book follow two conversations one to Jinkinss son Jeremy and one to his daughter Jessica which sometimes overlap and sometimes diverge. They discuss vocation, philosophy, doubt, and other big questions of faith. Along the way, Jinkins shares illuminating passages from some of his favorite writers and thinkers from C. S. Lewis and John Calvin, to Frederick Buechner and Rumi. He also doesnt hesitate to share his own frustrations with some aspects of the church, including the failure of many Christian to examine their faith.
Eloquent, edgy, and honest, Called to Be Human will resonate with readers who are serious about living their faith authentically. This book is ideal for young adults and their ministers, teachers, youth leaders, and parents.
Jinkins (Letters to New Pastors), dean of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, uses the familiar letter (in the literal sense, i.e., letters to his family) to help young people, and Christians in general, tackle hard questions such as death, divine justice, doubt, and difficult relationships. It's not possible to know whether these letters were derived from real ones, but the form gives Jinkins the space and freedom for accessible engagement with important issues in contemporary life. VERDICT The innovative format of this work will appeal to Christians, scholarly and otherwise. Highly recommended. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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