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Christian Coronavirus Books Hitting the Marketplace Already ?

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The last two weeks have seen a flurry of new Christian books released related to the Coronavirus pandemic…

[ Longer List of Coronavirus Books for Christians ]

 

Michael Frost has been hosting a conversation on his Facebook profile that asks some pointed questions about these Christian Coronavirus books , including his initial question:
COVID-19 only hit us in February. How do they do it???
[ I recommend reading the full conversation ]

  • Are these books largely opportunistic? Do they have anything meaningful to offer?
  • Have you read any book/ebook on the coronavirus pandemic?
  • Would you read one or more of the coronavirus books that are on the market already?  Why or why not?

Personally, I’m torn. There’s a part of me that’s interested in reading the reflections of trusted thinkers like N.T. Wright and Walter Brueggemann on this pervasive crisis. On the other hand, as an advocate for slow and contemplative work, I’m more than a little skeptical about the value of these rapidly-published books. What do you think?

Here are some of the more interesting books that are available now or will be out before the end of the month…

N.T. Wright  – God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath

What are we supposed to think about the coronavirus crisis? Some people think they know: ‘This is a sign of the End,’ they say. ‘It’s all predicted in the book of Revelation.’ Others disagree but are equally clear: ‘This is a call to repent. God is judging the world and through this disease he’s telling us to change.’ Some join in the chorus of blame and condemnation: ‘It’s the fault of the Chinese, the government, the World Health Organization. . .’ 
Tom Wright examines these reactions to the virus and finds them wanting. Instead, he invites you to consider a different way of seeing and responding – a way that draws on the teachings and examples of scripture, and above all on the way of living, thinking and praying revealed to us by Jesus.

Walter Brueggemann – Virus as a Summons to Faith: Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Uncertainty

Why bother with the interpretive categories of biblical faith when in fact our energy and interest are focused on more immediate matters? The answer is simple and obvious. We linger because, in the midst of our immediate preoccupation with our felt jeopardy and our hope for relief, our imagination does indeed range beyond the immediate to larger, deeper wonderments. Our free-ranging imagination is not finally or fully contained in the immediacy of our stress, anxiety, and jeopardy. Beyond these demanding immediacies, we have a deep sense that our life is not fully contained in the cause-and-effect reasoning of the Enlightenment that seeks to explain and control. There is more than that and other than that to our life in God’s world!

Healthy Faith and the Coronavirus Crisis

COVID-19 has transformed our everyday lives. It’s as if another world has arrived in the blink of an eye. Yet life is not on pause. We still need to live. The pandemic, like any other time, is a moment both of opportunity as well as challenge. Healthy Faith in the Coronavirus Crisis is a briefing on how to thrive in a world of restrictions. Twenty leading Christian thinkers have come together to help you begin to navigate this strange reality. Each contributor writes on their area of expertise, and topics covered include prayer, loneliness, work, singleness, marriage, parenting, grief, death, imagination, conversations, humour, and much more. They offer practical advice as well as helpful perspective from Scripture. This is an essential resource for anyone looking to cultivate a healthy faith which infuses all areas of life during this disorienting time.
 

What do you think of these Christian Coronavirus books ? Is there any value to these books? 

Discuss in the comments below…


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


2 Comments

  1. Wow! Yes, I’m torn too; I feel like Brueggemann’s will be a quick rehashing of similar writings he’s had before about Christian faith in times of lament and trouble. The Tom Wright one is most intriguing and I may pick it up to read; as a pastor I’ve appreciated the practical and theological reflections from respected church leaders. Would NOT trust the Piper book!

  2. I for one, bereft at present like all of us from the physical fellowship of my sisters and brothers in faith, am very glad for the words of Walter Brueggemann, rehashed or not (is there anyone who really has brand new things under the sun to say, or do we speak from the simplicity of Love’s revelation in diverse but connected ways?). He has been for most of my adulthood a sure and steady guide. I am glad for his companionship now. We are living in something we never fully imagined; Brueggemann’s newly articulated but consistent liturgy of hope in exile, daring faith in the ruins of empire unmasked, helps me re-imagine what holds when all else seems to be un-holdable. He concludes with thoughts on the “groan” – the cries of the exiled, the exhalation of our dying Lord, and the pangs of birth; the “hosanna” that is praise and desperate prayer for salvation. It reminds me of Brene Brown’s refletions on Bill Monroe’s (the father of bluegrass music) “holler” that inspired the bluegrass sound known as “high lonesome.” You know sound – it’s what your heart makes in the dead of the night when our minds uncurl enough from daylight’s bleach to realize we can’t fix a damn thing. Walter Brueggeman reminds us that this is, precisely, the cry that God awaits and answers with inexplicable grace.