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Searching for home : spirituality for restless souls
Barnes, M. Craig.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, [2003]

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191 pages ; 24 cm
Homeless : lost in the search for a good place -- What is home? : a place with Father, Son, and Spirit -- Our nomadic meandering : how we became so confused -- The alienated nomadic soul : the danger of being homeless -- Beginning the journey home : going down to go up -- The memory of the Father's house : the great turnaround -- Climbing the mountain : the road home is hard -- Forks in the road : it's not about our choices, but God's -- Is God homeless? the transformation from nomad to pilgrim -- The blessings of home : why heaven makes a world of difference -- The end of our yearning : communing with home along the way.
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Deep down it's easy to believe that the better job, the nicer house, or the more dynamic church will finally make us feel "at home." In Searching for Home, M. Craig Barnes challenges this belief. He reminds us that paradise is lost and we can't go home again. Our great comfort and hope, however, is that we are never lost to God.

Seasoned by more than twenty years as a pastor, Barnes discusses the importance of confession, worship, and grace in our search for home. He offers advice about how we can move from being transient nomads "too frightened to be grateful" to pilgrims who are at home with God, guided by our pleasure in him.

This book was written for both Christians and seekers who are still looking for a sense of belonging or "home." It will be a useful tool for pastors, adult Sunday school groups, and counselors of all kinds who are advising pilgrims along the way.

Author Notes

M. Craig Barnes was formerly pastor of the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., and is currently professor of leadership and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Barnes, the former pastor of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., weaves together personal stories, illustrations from Dante's The Divine Comedy and examples from the Bible to contend that our true home is in heaven. Home, he says, is where we were created to live eternally with our triune family of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sin alienates us from our home and makes us spiritual nomads. We are always searching for the path home again, in much the same way that Dante awoke in the middle of a dark wood searching for his true path home. Christ's sacrifice, argues Barnes, becomes our path home, the church is the threshold to our home and communion with the saints of the church here on earth provides us a picture of that home waiting at the end of our journey. Barnes nicely blends Dante's insights with biblical teachings, and his use of Dante is the most original thing about the book. Barnes's spirituality for the restless will appeal mostly to evangelicals who share his belief that heaven is a real place and a Christian's true home. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1. Homeless: Lost in the Search for a Good Placep. 9
2. What Is Home? A Place with Father, Son, and Spiritp. 23
3. Our Nomadic Meandering: How We Became So Confusedp. 37
4. The Alienated Nomadic Soul: The Danger of Being Homelessp. 55
5. Beginning the Journey Home: Going Down to Go Upp. 71
6. The Memory of the Father's House: The Great Turnaroundp. 89
7. Climbing the Mountain: The Road Home Is Hardp. 103
8. Forks in the Road: It's Not about Our Choices, but God'sp. 121
9. Is God Homeless? The Transformation from Nomad to Pilgrimp. 135
10. The Blessings of Home: Why Heaven Makes a World of Differencep. 153
11. The End of Our Yearning: Communing with Home along the Wayp. 169
Notesp. 183