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Zondervan / 2009 / ePub
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Imagine a world where our entire past becomes a treasured gift ... our future is stripped of any fear of death ... and every ruthless action by those in power is dismantled. As Christians, we don't have to imagine that world. It is ours, thanks to the passion and resurrection of Christ.
Samuel Wells explores the most important events in human history by examining six characters in the drama---Pontius Pilate, Barabbas, Joseph of Arimathea, Pilate's wife, Peter, and Mary Magdalene. Each one comes alive as Wells shows how they reflect and shape our reactions to contemporary issues such as marriage, friendship, discipleship, politics, and violence.
Through close readings of the passages, applied scholarship, and suggestions for discussion, Wells reveals how Jesus' death exposes the truth about our world and how his resurrection makes possible a new way of life. This is a book that will restore your passion and change your understanding of power.
Power and Passion was chosen by the Archbishop of Canterbury as his Lent book for 2007. It offers one chapter for each week of Lent, but it is a book that can be shared any time we need to reconsider our own power in the light of the power of Jesus' resurrection and allow our own passion to be renewed by the passion of Christ.
The Revd Canon Dr. Sam Wells is Dean of Chapel and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University Chapel in Durham, North Carolina.
Samuel Wells passion certainly shows in his book Power and Passion. It is obviously important for him that Christians realize their own power in Christ, and that they realize the fact that passion is not a negative thing. Passion for God is good. To illustrate his point, Wells uses six characters from the time in Jesus life called the Passion.
Each character is discussed in detail, beginning with his or her historical setting. Wells makes sure readers understand their historical context, though, of course, he cannot take time to study the entire social system of the era in-depth. Passages of Scripture that are pertinent to the character form a large part of each chapter. How did this person view passion? What did he or she think about power and about how power should be attained? Gradually, the reader sees that a persons views about power and passion vastly affect their actions and attitudes. The stories we have heard often do the same thing; because of Peters betrayal of Jesus, we know that even the sin of denying can be forgiven.
Another important feature of Power and Passion is the discussion opportunity at the end. The wonderings are not pushy, but if considered honestly can lead to a better self-understanding in the reader. The prayers are sincere. This discussion space makes the book suitable for small group studies, as well as meaningful personal reflection. Lent is one good time to do this, though certainly it is not limited to that time.
Samuel Wells fourteen years ministering in the Church of England equipped him well to write for Christian audiences. His writing is punctuated throughout by passages from Scripture. Those wishing to make their passions useful to God will find Wells words extremely helpful. Linette Yoder, Christian Book Previews.com
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