Living Gently in a Violent World Paperback

The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

by Jean Vanier; Stanley Hauerwas;

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Living Gently in a Violent World

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How are Christians to live in a violent and wounded world? Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically from a position of weakness. The church has much to learn from an often overlooked community-those with disabilities.

In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And L'Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. Together, Vanier and Hauerwas carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order-one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking and faithfulness.

The authors' explorations shed light on what it means to be human and how we are to live. The robust voice of Hauerwas and the gentle words of Vanier offer a synergy of ideas that, if listened to carefully, will lead the church to a fresh practicing of peace, love and friendship.

This invigorating conversation is for everyday Christians who desire to live faithfully in a world that is violent and broken.

Living Gently in a Violent World by Jean Vanier; Stanley Hauerwas was published by Intervarsity Press in September 2008 and is our 41801st best seller. The ISBN for Living Gently in a Violent World is 9780830834525.

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"Church takes time, patience, gentleness, vulnerability, friendship, hospitality, mutuality and peaceableness. In other words, church takes practice-this is the prophetic witness of the L'Arche communities not to the world, but to the church! And this pr

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Details for Living Gently in a Violent World

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (September 2008)
Number of Pages115
Thickness9 mm
Height208 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code1901850
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