The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2013
by Ben Quash
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Abiding is not a word we have much use for in everyday conversation. Yet Ben Quash shows that this one concept is central to the Christian life. Abiding, as Quash demonstrates, has the sense of full personal commitment, a quality of solidarity that 'waiting' just cannot convey. It speaks of the centrality of order, consistency and continuity in the Christian tradition, of God's commitment to us and ours to our communities. On the other hand, the kind of 'abiding' that Jesus calls his followers to is one of relinquishment, openness and change, living a life out of one's own control so as to 'abide' in Him. Drawing on the wisdom and imagery of modern fiction, film and art, as well as examples of key figures in the classical Christian tradition, Quash skilfully and creatively explores the implications that 'abiding' has for our bodies and minds, our relationships and communities, and our spiritual lives.
Abiding by Ben Quash was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in November 2012 and is our 15503rd best seller. The ISBN for Abiding is 9781441151117.
This years 'Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book' (the last one to be chosen by Rowan Williams) is from King's College London's Professor of Christian Theology and the Arts and it shows through in the book. Ben Quash has written a book on a subject I think many of us don't really think about very often, if at all - that of abiding (indeed if used in these days). He puts over his ideas of abiding in a fresh and relevant way by using images of characters taken from film, literature and Christian history that can be used as exemplars of how abiding can be seen and understood within the context of life, church, etc.. These characters reflect back on each other as well as on the particular theme they are used to carry. With seven chapters covering the themes of body, mind, care, relationships, exile, wounds, peace and finally a lovely epilogue (Who may abide) that addresses how we can practically carry the idea of abiding forward into our lives and communities, this is an interesting Lenten read. Not short on theology but graced with a 'popular' feel that makes it more interesting than challenging to read - and this can only be a good thing - something that demonstrates well the author's talent in his field.
|Page last updated||18th April 2014|
|Author / Artist||Ben Quash|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||272|