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|Title: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters|
By: N.T. Wright
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 1.11 X 6.11 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW730545
From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now.
Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.
We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.
N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews as well as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of many books, including Paul: A Biography, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, and Scripture and the Authority of God.
Bishop Wright, with his usual wisdom and erudition, shows how an account of the virtues is not only compatible but required by the New Testament understanding of what it means to be a Christian. This important book hopefully will be read by theologian and non-theologian alike. — Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
A follow-up to Wrights Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, this solid volume will appeal to Christians who appreciate biblical interpretation that hews to tradition but incorporates an emphasis on contemporary social justice as an element of Christian virtue. — Publishers Weekly
In his new book, Wright, one of the most prolific and influential theologians of the 20th Century, posits that the development of virtue -- by the church and in broader society -- could help lead the Western world out of the sea of despondency in which it currently finds itself languishing. — Religion News Service
[N.T. Wright is a] master at straight-forward, street-level writing about what makes our religious lives truly matter in the world. Wrights...powerful new book... is a clarion call to mature Christians to take seriously some of Jesus messages weve long ignored. — Read the Spirit
A book that carefully examines Christian character, Christian virtues and the Christian life . . . needs serious attention. — The Louisville Courier-Journal
An excellent book . . . Wrights fine theological reflections here shed much light. — Englewood Review of Books
For those who feel the church has lost its way, Wright offers a roadmap to help guide its followers home. — U.S. Catholic
Beautifully written, rich with insights and lined with thought-provoking material .. . . Sometimes compared to a modern-day C.S. Lewis, N. T. Wright is an author not to be missed.... Highly recommended. — Faithful Reader
One of the worlds best published Scripture scholars and an Anglican bishop, N. T. Wrights latest book blends biblical competence and pastoral experience. This is a book for a general audience with evangelical leanings about how a Christian goes about developing virtue, character or habits of thinking, feeling and acting. — AmericaThe National Catholic Weekly
After You Believe by N. T. Wright offers yet another clarion call for believers and their communities to see that their actions in everyday life are evidence of the faith within. — Spirituality and Practice
Often we get stuck between two extremes: an antinomian (against law) spontaneity, and a rule-focused legalism. Instead, argues Wright we need to develop virtuous character. Just about everything in After You Believe [is] a fresh way of exploring many familiar truths. — Christianity Today
One reason so many people read Tom Wright today is because he can write prose that is flat-out captivating. . . . Vintage Wright. — Christianity Today.com
In his latest book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, Wright challenges the churchand broader society in generalto return to virtue and the development of character. — Sojourners
Making disciples is about the long-term development of Christian character. There is no quick fix discipleship. It is the development of Christlike behavior as second nature. This book spells out the New Testament basis and its application to Western culture. — Christianity Magazine
Those who tend toward legalistic views will find little comfort. It is a book worth considering. — Renewed in Spirit
As in all Wright books you need to build your virtue muscle, sit down, exercise your free will and make a decision to read the whole thing twice. — Worship Leader Magazine
[A] very rich book.... Readers of After You Believe will admire Wrights close reading of Scripture, his clear prose, and his evident love for his Christian faith. — Commonweal
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