The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
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In The Divine Embrace, part of his Ancient-Future series, Webber lays the foundation for understanding Christian spirituality by tracing it from the ancient church to the present, showing how biblical teaching has been developed theologically and informed by changes in culture. He then explores how we can return contemporary spirituality to its biblical source, living out God's story in our individual lives and in our life together as the church. You'll be encouraged and equipped to live out your spirituality as a deeper and more delightful response to God's divine embrace.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0801065550
ISBN-13: 9780801065552
Series: Ancient-Future

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One of the most popular current views on spirituality is that there are varied paths to God. In this new Ancient-Future series book, Bob Webber evaluates this common misunderstanding of spirituality as separated from God's story, extremely self-focused, and shaped by our surrounding culture. This challenging work offers a corrective, calling us to an alternative Christian spirituality, one that reveals two sides-that of God's "divine embrace" of us and our passionate response. The Divine Embrace is a fresh, grounded look at true spirituality that will be embraced by pastors, thinking Christians, and anyone looking for an engaging and thorough treatment of this topic.

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Robert E. Webber is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and the president of the Institute for Worship Studies. He is the author of a number of books, including Ancient-Future Faith and The Younger Evangelicals.

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    Bob was initially known for his writings in the area of worship; but, later began to share a profound capacity to see the Body of Christ in larger context. In this book he provides the really big picture. On a personal note, he was one of the most intellectually stimulating and simultaneously spiritual persons that I have ever encountered. Unfortunately, Bob passed away in 2007, contrary to the bio information.
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    Rick Shipley
    For all those Evangelicals that have longed for spiritual roots, this is the book. This book has an excellent historical lead in, covering Christian spirituality over the centuries, noting both strengths and weaknesses. Webber's overall thrust seems to be a genuine concern that the modern church has lost its bearings by examining the Bible via Enlightenment thinking. He points out in layman's terms the significant epistemological changes over the centuries, and how the rational scientific method of interpretation, commonly taught in seminaries and fundamentalist/evangelical churches, has failed to capture the narrative (story) of God. Christians are busy telling THEIR story rather than God's story. Songs and sermons revolve around me feeling good, what's in it for me, and not surprisingly, looking like our self-consumed culture.If you desire to be challenged in your epistemology, would like a good exposition on historical Christian spirituality, and long for something more that is rooted in the Word and "the faith of our fathers," this is an excellent resource. Webber was a gifted theologian, scholar, and spiritual guide.
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