Beautifully written and extraordinarily insightful, Learning to Dream Again is designed both for Christians who have been to church for years but long to ponder the ambiguities and hard questions of faith and life and for new Christians who are just beginning to investigate how the gospel connects to their most searching questions.
The brief meditations brought together in Learning to Dream Again aim at the development of a contemporary Christian wisdom that imitates Jesus' earthy humility, shameful suffering, and effervescent joy.
Through the lens of this Christian wisdom and drawing on Scripture, Wells examines a number of difficult personal and social issues: taxes, abortion, torture, hunger, science, arts, and athletics, to name a few. Always in these discussions he comes back to the persistent claim that the heart of God is always to be for and with us. Learning to Dream Again beckons and enlivens our response to God's unwavering love for and delight in us.
Samuel Wells, formerly Dean of Duke Chapel, is now Vicarof St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, and VisitingProfessor of Christian Ethics at King's College London. Hisprevious books include Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear withFaith and Power and Passion: Six Characters inSearch of Resurrection.
-- University of Cambridge
"It is impossible to read this commanding book without being put on the spot and recalled to Jesus' teaching with new authenticity. Sam Wells is a rare preacher and teacher who tugs at the heart as much as he snags at the critical intelligence of the reader who seeks for truth."
-- author of When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough
"With self-deprecating humor, Wells disarms us just enough to get us to consider the most countercultural matters of faith like why wisdom is unfashionable, how shame can play a useful role in our lives, and why discipline may do us more good than relentless self-expression. . . . He guides us out of our own egos and into a dazzling divine reality where learning and dreaming meet."
Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
-- author of Engaging God's World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living
"Samuel Wells has written a book so searching, so winsome, so wise that it will find your heart and dwell there. A beautiful piece of work."
Thomas G. Long
-- Emory University
"This very wise and moving book about renewal, identity, and the hopeful shape of the Christian life is a rare accomplishment. Wells helps us to think deeply about the ordinary round of life relationships, marriage, work, leisure, politics, death while at the same time encouraging us to lift our sights and to dream again, even the dream of God."
Michael L. Lindvall
-- The Brick Presbyterian Church
"How refreshing! Sam Wells offers intelligent and literary writing on Christian faith that is deeply rooted in Scripture and in his own faith and personal experience. He carries his readers far and wide into matters ranging from the routine challenges of daily life to those as edgy and current as the 'new atheism' and the threat of terrorism."
"A trained ethicist, Wells has the heart of a pastor, and this collection of essays reads like a series of sermons. Grounded in well-researched and thoughtful biblical exegesis, Wells explores the human condition through personal and pastoral stories, pop-cultural and artistic references. . . . Learning toDream Again lives up to its ambitious title, though this book is no flight of fancy."
Books at a Glance
"A captivating, yet hard to categorize work. . . . Perhaps it is best described as a Wisdom-Spirituality illustrated with personal testimony and contemporary moral reflection. . . . If youre willing to be stretched, challenged, and deepened, I strongly recommend Wells Learning to Dream Again."