Barefoot Disciple Paperback
Walking the Way of Passionate Humility - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2011
by Stephen Cherry;
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The emphasis on learning from challenging experiences and on very practical application makes this a 'theology travel book', for Lent and well beyond. It powerfully synthesizes values and practices which are often disconnected.
Barefoot Disciple by Stephen Cherry was published by Continuum in December 2010 and is our 16584th best seller. The ISBN for Barefoot Disciple is 9781441182869.
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Barefoot DiscipleChris Moore, via The Good Book Stall
In the first half of the book, Cherry spends time defining quite what he means by 'humility'. It is a word with many negative connotations within society as a whole, and he is keen that there is no prejudicial misunderstanding. In fact, he is having to sell the reader the concept of humility and that this frame of mind is actually something positive and to be desired. In so doing he makes use of a broad range of illustrations and writing, and makes the point that our unease with the notion of humility is something which is peculiar to the modern church. The medieval and earlier churches valued humility as a virtue.
The second half of the book is more practical in nature and focuses on a number of patterns of behaviour such as grumbling, hospitality; generosity and lack of possessiveness. He then concludes that our body and spirituality are linked such that the change of an attitude of mind towards humility will ultimately transform our spirituality and attitude towards God. There is a deepening dependence on God as we depend less on our selves.
This is a welcome book, and one chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book. It is an easy and challenging read, and reintroduces to a modern generation teaching which has for centuries been at the heart of the monastic project. As such it will repay close attention.
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Details for Barefoot Disciple
|Author / Artist||Stephen Cherry|
|Publisher||Continuum (December 2010)|
|Number of Pages||192|
|Page last updated||25th February 2017|