Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life  -     By: Alan Jacobs
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Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Paperback

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In the work of such major theologians as Lesslie Newbigin and Stanley Hauerwas, the "Christian story" is communal, and the individual Christian achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. While Alan Jacobs acknowledges the importance of the communal story, he suggests that something has been neglected in the development of narrative theology - the narrative dimension of individual Christian lives.

Looking Before and After encourages us to ask how individual lives can, in a specifically Christian sense, be meaningful, how we can discern and rightly interpret those meanings, and how we might tell our own stories in ways that avoid the dangers of presumption and despair. In his typically beautiful writing style, Jacobs here reinvigorates narrative theology and demonstrates the power of individual life stories well told and properly understood.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802849814
ISBN-13: 9780802849816
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 08/29/15.

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In the work of such major theologians as Lesslie Newbigin and Stanley Hauerwas, the "Christian story" is communal, and the individual Christian achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. While Alan Jacobs acknowledges the importance of the communal story, he suggests that something has been neglected in the development of narrative theology - the narrative dimension of individual Christian lives.

Looking Before and After encourages us to ask how individual lives can, in a specifically Christian sense, be meaningful, how we can discern and rightly interpret those meanings, and how we might tell our own stories in ways that avoid the dangers of presumption and despair. In his typically beautiful writing style, Jacobs here reinvigorates narrative theology and demonstrates the power of individual life stories well told and properly understood.

Endorsements

“Jacobs is that rare Christian thinker whose faith carries him into the most unlikely encounters with other ways of being in the world, from which he returns to give us reports in prose of enviable grace.” -Richard John Neuhaus, Editor-in-Chief, First Things

Author Bio

Alan Jacobs is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. His other books include A Visit to Vanity Fair, Shaming the Devil, and The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis.

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