Dec. 8 – Karen Swallow Prior – The Evangelical Imagination [Advent Calendar]

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December 8


The Evangelical Imagination:
How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis

Karen Swallow Prior

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2023
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“Prior is among the most helpful Christian literary critics writing today. Her call for the reformation of evangelicalism is a call to repent, to allow new metaphors and analogies to drive us to more faithfully read and put into practice the Scriptures. An insightful work of love that aids a holy transformation of our imaginations.”
 -Tish Harrison Warren
The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis – looks at some of the cultural and artistic influences that have shaped evangelicalism over the last few hundred years. Prior asks us to consider various elements of the movement’s ideas and practices, always with an interest in better understanding both Christian faith and the moment that we find ourselves in these days. I do think something is happening,” she explained. “I do think we’re in either a 300-year or a 500-year moment. Maybe a 1000-year moment…. I think we’re in a moment where there are things that are essential to Christianity that have gotten lost, yes, in contemporary evangelicalism, but in America specifically.” The crises of the American evangelical church makes the book feel particularly timely, even though that approach was part of Prior’s initial plan.
 -from our interview with Karen Swallow Prior about this book
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"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior

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