Out on the barren margins of Babylonian exile, the great biblical poet Jeremiah suggests that his captors are asking for a song of joy. Imagine that. Is it possible, he asks, to sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? Christians today find themselves caught up in the massive sweep of secularizing culture. Do we have a joyful song to sing anymore? Do we know what our song has been throughout history? Could we possibly sing as a mighty choir, just perhaps igniting spiritual renewal for our world--and for each one of us as well? This book proposes the possibility of finding a new song for our time. ""Philip Eaton, a brilliant educator, is also a first-class apologist--a Christian eager to explain his faith and the happiness it's brought into his life with those who live in a more cramped and constricted world. Skeptics and cynics: read this charming and challenging book, and see if you don't feel better because of the experience."" --George Weigel, William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center ""Distinguished Emeritus President Phil Eaton has written a book that goes to the very heart of the current question: how can modern Christians share the good news of Jesus Christ with an increasingly unbelieving world in a way that is both contemporarily responsible and faithfully undefensive? I am sharing Phil's response, enthusiastically, with my family, friends, colleagues, and the 'unbelieving world!' I am deeply impressed."" --Frederick Dale Bruner, author of Matthew: A Commentary and John: A Commentary ""In his delightful and challenging new book, Phil Eaton invites us to rekindle our faith in an age of unbelief. Our guide, a distinguished university president, English professor, and poet, will quickly earn our trust. His lucid writing points the reader again and again to both classic and contemporary authors who have informed his deep understanding of the intersection of faith and culture."" --Ronald C. White, author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography Philip W. Eaton is the President Emeritus of Seattle Pacific University. He has been a professor of literature and culture, a university president, writer, consultant, mentor, speaker, devoted always to his family. He is the author of Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University In A Post-Christian World. He and his wife Sharon live in Pasadena, CA. n
Sing Us a Song of Joy was published by Cascade Books in February 2018. The ISBN for Sing Us a Song of Joy is 9781532614514.