Archives For Vulnerability

 

Humor, Transparency, Truth, and Vulnerability

 
A Feature Review of 

Of Mess and Moxie, Wrangling Delight Out of this Wild and Glorious Life
Jen Hatmaker

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2017
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Reviewed by Carolyn Miller Parr

 
Jen Hatmaker’s Of Mess and Moxie is the perfect book to pick up when your best friend is unavailable, your husband is buried in his den, and your kids are making you rethink that whole parenting thing. Funny, poignant, and smart, Jen Hatmaker is fully engaged. She likes sex. She is a woman who takes life, but not herself, seriously. The Washington Post calls her “relatable.” (Oct. 31, 2016). She reminds me of a G-rated Anne Lamott. (That’s a high compliment.)

Hatmaker is a pastor’s wife, mother of five children, and a speaker in high demand, especially among Christian women’s groups. She and her family starred in an HGTV series, “My Big Family Renovation” for six months as they remodeled their home.

Oh, yeah. She also writes books. Of Mess and Moxie is her twelfth.
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A Vulnerable Call

 
A Feature Review of 

The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life
Ann Voskamp

Hardback: Zondervan, 2016
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Reviewed by Zena Neds-Fox

 

I took Ann Voskamp’s new book down to the water.  It was a perfect morning.  A fish actually jumped in the lake and geese flew overhead in a September blue sky.  I came anticipating the beauty I knew Ann’s words would hold.  A beautiful place for a beautiful book.  But the truth is that Ann Voskamp’s greatest power has always been to knock the wind out of her readers.  To take them out at the knees.  The Broken Way is no exception.  We come to her wanting comfort and she’s glad to give it – at a price.

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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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Next Tuesday willl see the release of Brené Brown’s latest book Rising Strong!

In honor of the occasion, we offer an introductory reading guide to Brown’s previous work to get you up to speed…
 
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
 
 

Don’t miss our essay The Vulnerable Faith of Brené Brown
by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.

 
For the quickest immersion into Brown’s work, here are the videos of her immensely popular TED Talks:

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Redeemed Addicts

 

A review of

Vulnerable Faith: Missional Living in the Radical Way of Saint Patrick
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Foreword by Jean Vanier.
Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2015

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Reviewed by D.L. Mayfield

 

*** Watch the trailer video for this book!

    We admitted we were powerless—that our lives had become unmanageable.
–Alcohol Anonymous, step one

 

       St. Patrick at first does not seem the poster child for addiction—what we commonly think of as wild and wicked behavior—at least, not how Jamie Arpin-Ricci introduces him.  In his new book Vulnerable Faith: following in the way of St. Patrick, Arpin-Ricci introduces a Patrick who looks a lot more like me and everyone I grew up with: young, privileged, self-assured and secure in the knowledge that life will work out well for him in the end. But the genius of this small book on intentional Christian living and discipleship is that it focuses so much on how it is precisely those of us who so often distance ourselves from the Other—the poor, the addict, the unspeakably lost—who are caught in the throes of powerlessness. We are the ones scrounging up reputations and possessions, desperate to outrun both our fear of death and the chaos that we know lurks within. And, just like those who follow the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous know, the first step in recovering is admitting that our lives have become unmanageable—especially spiritually.

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Our book trailer of the week, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…

 

Vulnerable Faith: Missional Living in the Radical Way of St. Patrick
Jamie Arpin-Ricci
Foreword by Jean Vanier

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2015
 
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