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In this thought-provoking spiritual memoir, a bestselling theologian writes about how the living presence of Jesus sculpted his life, forged his understanding of the world, and enflamed his desire for social justice for all people. Drawing upon his own vast experiences, Wink demonstrates just how important the need for a new understanding of Jesus is in today's modern world. Just Jesus, Wink's last book, provides a glimpse of what it was like to live a life of faith during the turbulent '60s and '70s when racial and political divides were threatening to destroy this country.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Image Entertainment
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.18 (inches)|
Wink shows us that inspiration and insight can come from any source: a Pentecostal Church in Oklahoma, dreams, Buddhist meditation centers, childhood traumas, an empty forest, illness, and the Gospels. Wink's work in social justice and his life as a theologian are inextricably entwined, finding evidence for nonviolent resistance in the Bible and seeing the need for Jesus in daily struggles.
"An autobiography of my interest in Jesus, perhaps that is too ambitious," writes Wink. "What I have done here is far less grand. I have simply written down vignettes, or excerpts of my life's story that I find interesting. These autobiographical reflections are in no way exceptional. Everyone has a life story. My story may, at the very least, show why I theologically think the way that I do."
Just Jesus is the jubilant autobiography of the man who sought justice in all walks of life, including his own.
Dr. Walter Wink (1935-2012) was an influential American biblical scholar, theologian, and activist who was an important figure in progressive Christianity. Wink spent much of his career teaching at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He was well known for his advocacy of and work related to nonviolent resistance and wrote more than sixteen books as well as hundreds of scholarly articles. He is also known for coining the phrase "the myth of redemptive violence." With his wife, the former June Keener, he held workshops around the world that combined religious-themed pottery, dancing, and Biblical interpretation. He died in 2012 from complications of dementia.
Walter Wink was highly regarded throughout the world as a teacher, writer, and social activist. Scholars and lay readers will benefit from this close-up and personal walk with one of the 20th century's great Christian thinkers.
"Theologian, scholar, and peace activist Wink (Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way), who died in 2012, chronicles his lifetime faith journey in his last book. The reader accompanies him as he expounds his personal faith perspective in a series of short essays, and excerpts from previous works. Jesus, he believes, need no longer be worshipped, but should be emulated. It is Jesus's mission to confront the dominant powers and to liberate people to become fully human. Beginning with a loveless childhood, Wink has a conversion experience as a young adult, then goes to Selma where he is trained in the practice of nonviolent resistance to social and political injustice. With his wife, June, he goes on to teach and to protest worldwide. Although at times a bit disjointed, this offers insight into the trajectory of the author's life as he tries to follow the path of the human Jesus by hearing the oppressed into healing and unmasking the dominant powers." -Publishers Weekly
"For those who knew Walter Wink, this book is a treasure. For those who didnt know him, Just Jesus provides a rich encounter with one of the most important New Testament scholars of the past half-century. Just Jesus is in part a memoir, but it takes the striking form of brief memories of his early life with snapshots of his last years and months, and all of that integrated with essays on some of the most important matters that he wrote about. Just Jesus is memory and testimony." Marcus Borg, author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
"For many of us, it is hard to overstate the importance of the work of Walter Wink, and the very direct influence his scholarship had on our understanding of central Biblical themes. But here we see the very human Walter meeting 'the Human One' Jesus in ways that touch our heart as much as our minds. We will miss him just a little bit less--and also a little bit more--because of this final gift of his love and his wisdom." -Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation and author of Falling Upward
"Walter Wink touched scores of thousands of lives through his writing and his collaborative work with June, his beloved spouse. His willingness to put his life lovingly on the line in places of conflict, including South Africa, gave his theology of nonviolence credibility beyond the pages of his books. Prophetic words became prophetic action. Walters last work is an eclectic collection of autobiographical and theological vignettes, threaded together by his ruthlessly honest search for God and meaning in a wounded world and a compromised church. In the end, only the Jesus he knew and loved makes sense of it all. This is an important read." -Peter Storey, former South African anti-apartheid Church leader and Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School
"This moving valedictory book will help those whose faith and thought have been shaped by Walter Winks ground-breaking work to understand the deep relationship between the man and his influential ideas. For others, this collection of reflections, written by Wink at the end of his life, provides an introduction to his extraordinary writing on non-violence, power, justice and Jesus." -Barbara G. Wheeler, Former President, Auburn Theological Seminary