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The pages of this book are offered to stimulate reflection and action. Each takes a particular command of Jesus as its starting point. The author does not present a scholarly exposé of Scripture, but he does help us to look for meanings in various biblical texts and tries to allow Jesus' words to challenge our complacency. Each chapter concludes with provocative questions to jar our comfort zones. This simple book is intended as a form of prayer that can lead us closer to personal conversion and have a practical impact on the lives of whoever reads it. Softcover, 126 pages. Liguori/Triumph.
Unlike the negative but well-known precepts of the Old Testement--the Ten Commandments--the commands of Jesus are postitive and relatively overlooked, despite their superb relevance to the challenges people face today. In Come, Follow Me: The Commandments of Jesus, Anthony J. Gittins helps the reader hear Christ's message and live it in everyday life. Gittins explores some of the positive and specific things that Jesus would have the reader do to follow him. 144-page paperback
Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, is in his twenty-fourth year at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is currently professor of mission and culture. Born in Manchester, England, he earned an MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has taught and worked in some thirty-five countries. His pastoral outreach includes ministry in cultures from Africa to the Pacific, and work with Chicago's disenfranchised, especially homeless women. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous articles. Father Gittins also lectures and leads retreats nationally and internationally. He continues his anthropological work by spending periods of time in local churches, especially in Africa and the Central Pacific, working on inculturation by bringing learnings from cultural anthropology and theology together. His commitment to homeless women in Chicago, whose stories he told in Where There's Hope, There's Life: Women's Stories of Homelessness and Survival, is ongoing.