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Publication Date: 2015
Despite our material and technological advances, Western society is experiencing a deep malaise caused by a breakdown of trust. Weve been misled by authorities and institutions, by businesses and politicians, and even by those who were supposed to care for us. The very cohesion of society seems tenuous at times.
The church is not immune from these trends. Historically, it has a dubious record when it has wielded power; personally, many of its members are as afflicted by our cultures breakdown as anyone.
In A Wilderness of Mirrors author Mark Meynell explores the roots of the discord and alienation that mark our society, but he also outlines a gospel-based reason for hope. An astute social observer with a pastors spiritual sensitivity, Meynell grounds his antidote on four bedrocks of the Christian faith: human nature, Jesus, the church, and the story of God's action in the world.
Ultimately hopeful, A Wilderness of Mirrors calls Christians to rediscover the radical implications of Jesuss life and message for a disillusioned world, a world more than ever in need of his trustworthy goodness.
Mark Meynell is a writer and teacher, as well as an associate director (Europe) for Langham Partnership, having spent nine years on the senior leadership team of All Souls, Langham Place, in London, UK. Previously he was the academic dean and then acting principal of Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST) in Kampala, Uganda. Married to Rachel, with their two children, Joshua and Zanna, Mark lives in central London, where he is a committed culture-vulture and muso who loves crossing borders and building bridges.
Sam ThielmanArlington, VaAge: 55-65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5An Excellent Christian Exploration of the Hermeneutic of SuspicionJune 9, 2015Sam ThielmanArlington, VaAge: 55-65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a wonderful book from start to finish. It has loads of leads on books and writers and ideas. Meynell, is with the Langham Partnership in the UK, and was previously a senior minister at All Souls Langham Place in London (John Stott's old church). He writes in a style that is easy to read and intellectually, very savvy. This would be a great book for group study or as supplementary reading for an undergraduate course on post-modernism.
The title comes from super-spy James Jesus Angleton who used the phrase, "wilderness of mirrors" to describe the world of counter-espionage. And this book is about the illusions and disappointments of the twenty-first century and what's to be done.
I enjoyed every single one of the chapters. Chapter 4, "Lonely in a Crowd: Alienated and Adrift" and Chapter 8, "The Safest Place on Earth: A Community of Integrity" (about the church as it should be - and sometimes is) were real standouts for me. I'm afraid these chapters are too rich and fast going to attempt a summary, but I practically cheered during chapter 8. I may remember permanently the section called "The Authority that Limps" about being suspicious of too-perfect Christian leaders and looking instead for authentic Christian authority - the authority that limps (a reference to Jacob's struggle with the angel that left him limping).
As a Christian layperson I find myself trying to think through how to live my faith in a world where corporations and governments seem to be manipulating in every direction Meynell understands these issues very well,. His is not a big budget account of the gospel, but it is a detailed, deeply biblical, and hopeful one.
I hope this book has a wide readership and that the author write something else just as satisfying to read.