Dec. 5 – Rich Villodas – Good and Beautiful and Kind [Advent Calendar]

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December 5

 

Good and Beautiful and Kind:
Becoming Whole in a Fractured World

Rich Villodas

Hardback: Waterbrook, 2022
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Good and Beautiful and Kind is a peaceful, gracious, and wise formulation of what it looks like to follow Jesus in a world ripping apart by a lack of love, by systemic powers, and by our own woundedness. Give yourself a retreat to spend time with this beautiful book.”
— Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight
 
At no point does Villodas suggest the challenges of forgiveness, conflict, or justice will be easily resolved. Reconsidering the value of forgiveness changes us as it breaks the damaging lens we look through when we’re trapped in unforgiveness. As we work through personal and public grace, we will have our struggles, but we can abide in God for our strength. We can also keep the work of healing in the right perspective: “We are not called to fix the world but to faithfully respond with the resources, strength, and love we have.” In Christ, we can cultivate those resources and embody a shocking grace. With Good and Beautiful and Kind, Villodas has written a truly pastoral book, one that inspires individual spiritual growth and encourages that change to permeate the world. With a mix of diagnosis, prescription, and everyday mysticism, he shepherds his readers along a journey well worth undertaking.

 – from our review of this book by Justin Cober-Lake
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