Archives For Flourishing


Up and to the Right

A Feature Review of 

Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing
Andy Crouch

Hardback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Ryan Johnson
In the heart of every woman and man there is an acute understanding that we were created for flourishing.  Equally present, however, is a devastating realization that we have failed to realize that purpose.  One needs only point to the exploitation of young children by traffickers or the amassing of wealth at the expense of others to prove the point.  The subsequent effect on our neighborhoods and communities is heart-wrenching.  The critic and prophet share the ability to bring these things to light.  The difference, however, is that the critic ends with this illumination while the prophet goes on to offer a message of hope and a vision for change.  This is what Andy Crouch has done so well in each of his previous books, Culture Making and Playing God.  This is what he does again in this important book, Strong and Weak.

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A Path Toward Peace is Revealed

A Feature Review of

FLOURISHING: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World.
Miroslav Volf

Hardback: Yale UPress, 2016
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Reviewed by Robert D. Cornwall

Miroslav Volf is one of the preeminent theological voices of our time. He has a kept a keen eye on the broad religious and cultural issues that play out in the world, with his book Allah: A Christian Response being a masterpiece of theological reflection that seeks to build bridges between Christianity and Islam.  Volf’s latest book, titled Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World, continues the kind of work exemplified in Allah and Exclusion and Embrace.  More importantly, this book speaks to the moment at hand. At a time when religion is seen by many as a danger to the world’s existence, Volf offers a trenchant defense of the role religion can play (at its best) in shaping the ongoing globalization of our world.

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“Recovering a Robust Public Life

A Review of
Healing the Heart of Democracy:
The Courage to Create a Politics
Worthy of the Human Spirit.

Parker J. Palmer.

Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

[ This Review originally appeared in the ERB Print Edition, Vol. 1, #4.
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healing the heart of democracy - palmerHealing the Heart of Democracy:
The Courage to Create a Politics
Worthy of the Human Spirit.

Parker J. Palmer.
Hardback: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
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[ The reviewer recently named this book the 2011 book of the year on his blog. ]

Most Americans are proud of their democratic institutions, despite the many imperfections and stains on the nation’s record as a democracy. The freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the United States have given hope to men and women of every race, ethnicity, religion, or social class, of a better future. Over time, we have developed a national mythology to give voice to these aspirations, including the declaration of the first of our two founding documents that “all [men] are created equal.” We have not always lived up to this premise, indeed, rarely have we done so, but it is there to remind us of who we might become, should we choose. Although Americans have an individualistic side to them, the Preamble to the Constitution begins with the words “We the People,” words that remind us of our interdependence as well as our independence.

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