A Feature Review of
Learning to Dream Again: Rediscovering the Heart of God
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2013
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Reviewed by Joseph Krall
On a cold October Saturday morning last fall, I walked from my hall across the quiet campus of the University of Indianapolis to hear Sam Wells speak. The buzz of conversation met me as I walked into a lobby full of graduate students, teachers, and administrators, up and about and talking. I found a seat in the auditorium a little before 8:30, not quite as wide awake.
But Sam Wells took to the podium, and for the next hour he had my attention and that of everyone in the room. Later published as “Rethinking Service,” Wells’s talk was both adroit in its argument and convicting in its implications. As he contrasted two ways of understanding our basic human problem (mortality or isolation?), gave a theological rejoinder (God is not only for us, but with us), and challenged us with a question regarding our own service to others (“Are we going to love or search for solutions?”), I knew I was in the presence of a remarkable storyteller, one who enabled his listeners to re-imagine both dominant cultural narratives and their own personal histories.