Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship  -     By: John Burns
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Author and pastor John Burns has an aversion to descriptions of discipleship that involve gradations of achievement. He's troubled by the many books on the subject that indicate that there are steps to follow which take disciples in a straight line from baptism to sainthood like ascending rungs on a ladder of discipleship.

Burns found comfort in the Bible where, when looking at the examples of Jesus' followers, he discovered that he couldn't find uninterrupted linear progress in their lives either. The surprise came when he discovered the disciple he was most drawn to was Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although the biblical references to Mary are not overwhelming in number, they are profoundly reflective of the stages of discipleship that each of us must pass through on our way to spiritual maturity.

In Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship, Burns offers:

  • Meditations built on ten passages from the Gospels which focus on the spiritual development of Mary
  • A look at pondering, suffering, and refocusing in our journey of spiritual development
  • An understanding of the role grace plays in our becoming disciples of Christ
  • Questions for reflection and small group study

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Judson Press
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0817015140
ISBN-13: 9780817015145
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Burns offers spiritual meditations built on ten passages from the Gospels which focus on the spiritual development of Mary-- a look at pondering, suffering, and refocusing in the journey of spiritual development, an understanding of the role grace plays as one becomes a disciple of Christ, and questions for reflection and small group study.

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The idea of Mary as exemplar is hardly new; the church throughout history has recognized Mary's pivotal role in the sacred story. In this accessible, brief book, Burns suggests that one may study the life of Mary as written in the gospels and find an example of what he calls a "non-linear view of discipleship"-one that acknowledges that sometimes even the most dedicated Christians can fall backward. The problem, he believes, is that "we try to negotiate with God to get divine blessing on our own plans," when we ought to be handing our agendas over to God and accepting His designs as ours. Each chapter is a literary rosary of Mary's life, meditating on her spiritual journey and her willingness to follow the Holy Spirit. Of course, the Bible contains little of Mary's story beyond the birth narratives and several later stories, but Burns makes a good case for these glimpses of Mary's experience as pointers on the road of Christian living. Avoiding the fanciful, his meditations are biblically based and often include experiences of his family and friends. He ends with the heady observation that "we are not the ruler of our world, but rather... God is sovereign." Mary's way can and must, Burns asserts, become ours. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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