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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Inter-varsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine LivingJane TomaineChurch Publishing Inc. / 2005 / Trade Paperback$14.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Combining his knowledge of theology and history, White serves as a guide through the Middle, Renaissance, and Enlightenment ages of our ancient world to todays Postmodern era. He illustrates how an individual Christian, standing bravely alone, can influence the culture for good amid the spiritual crisis of each period.
Moral relativism, narcissistic hedonism, pluralism and numerous other -isms have each had their distinctive negative effects on the Christian fiber throughout the ages. Yet, in spite of the unraveling of those moral fibers, there were men and women who wanted their lives to count for good. These Christians marched across the landscape of history carrying a torch for righteousness in the midst of darkness.
White charges that it is once again time for Christians to step forward and pledge their lives to making a difference. Just as hurricane-force ocean waves change a coastline, so the past has reshaped religion, causing America to become a divine supermarket with personal religion being whatever suits one's taste. White proclaims that Staggering numbers of ideologies and faith options compete for attention. The media have become the giants that shape our perceptions and our opinions, persuading us that there is no such thing as truth. Personal pleasure and fulfillment are the ultimate concerns.
But down through the ages, the voices of those who came to call the world back to a true view of humanity in relationship to God were loud and clear. William Wilberforce, C.S. Lewis, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther and others became the models for us to follow. White gives the challenge when he proclaims, Christ is the reformer of culture but he needs transformed lives through which to work. Individuals whove had their lives touched must now turn around and touch others.
The reader who desires to understand the profound effect that the past has had on our culture, and even on our lives this very day, will find the book worth the read. As a history lesson, the books effectiveness could have been enhanced by an artistic timeline enabling us to connect the dots of the ages more easily. But as a spiritual challenge, it hit the bulls eye of my heart and begged the question, Am I willing to give my life to something that will live on long after I am gone, that will be bigger than I am, and will affect all of historyeven into eternity? -- Char Binkley, Christian Book Previews.com
molahSAlbertaAge: 45-545 Stars Out Of 5April 3, 2012molahSAlbertaAge: 45-54Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Excellent book with basic principles of what it means to be a devoted follower of Christ
Lynn5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best books I have read in a long time.December 27, 2010LynnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I enjoy reading, and really liked Mr. White's style. His review of history and how we have come to where we are today in Christianity was clear and concise. He also has excellent quotes and relates historical events that I was not aware of. This book has deepened my understanding of where we are in our world today and how I can as a Christian live to glorify GOD, that was my expectation when I purchased the book, and it was met. I have purchased several more copies for friends.
Dan Panetti5 Stars Out Of 5August 28, 2006Dan Panetti
An absolutely outstanding book based on the statement from a letter written from John Adams to his good friend and colleague Thomas Jefferson near the end of both of their lives Adams wrote, My friend, you and I have lived in serious times. White begins with the premise that serious times call for serious lives and expands to the concept that the Christian life is a serious and devout journey with the Lord. Every believer, according to White, has an opportunity to live a meaningful and profound life that could impact all of human history for the glory of God and, of course, the reader is supposed to wonder why they would settle for anything less!White then turns to a brief examination of our current cultural crisis and makes that case that Christians must and should be engaged in the great debate of the day. He turns to history to demonstrate how followers of Christ have consistently been cultural agents of transformation literally allowing the God of the Universe to work in and through their lives to transform others around them. And then finally, White gives some practical guidelines to produce a life worthy of our calling to deepen our souls with a compassion for humanity and develop our minds with the sound reasoning from Scripture which combined can be a culturally-relevant tool for believers to use to engage others for the cause of Christ.Of course, White stresses the importance of reading as well as having an awareness of history as we seek to prepare ourselves for the calling of God on our lives. He also emphasizes the importance of the church as the body of Christ and our role within that institution. Finally, he concludes with the warning against apathy, against the sin of slothfulness and the lie that the problems of the world are on someones shoulders. White challenges the follower of Christ to step up, even in the face of adversity or apathy, and take their rightful place as the sons or daughters of the King of Kings!
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