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Serious times : making your life matter in an urgent day
White, James Emery, 1961-
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Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [2004]

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192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The second fall -- The world that lives in us -- The city of dreadful delight -- Deepening our souls -- Developing our minds -- Answering the call -- Aligning with the church.
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BV4501.3 .W466 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A 2005 Gold Medallion finalistJohn Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived in serious times. And, because they chose to live serious lives, they changed the course of history.Serious times met with serious lives. This is the means by which the kingdom of God is advanced and the life of a Christ follower is measured.- How can you make a difference in the world today?- How can you be an influence for Christ?- How can you live a life that matters?There is a great movement of God that has been set loose in the world. And in this book James Emery White explores what it means to be on the front lines of what God is doing. It's about action. But more than that it's about our character and our connectedness with God.Read Serious Times to discover how you can influence the course of history in your own day.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This book by pastor and professor White (Embracing the Mysterious God) is an antidote to complacency in the face of epochal change. Echoing church historian Christopher Dawson, White argues that we live "at the beginning of the seventh age" for the Christian church, a time of crisis that requires an innovative and determined response. After a brief survey of previous turning points, including the beginnings of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, White examines our "disenchanted world," which he characterizes as secularized, privatized and relentlessly pluralistic, mired in narcissism, relativism and hedonism. Yet even given this bleak picture, White sees hope in a renewed practice of Christianity that could still reshape and revitalize Western culture. The second half of the book, very different from the first, is devoted to exploring the essence of "serious lives." White draws on a commendably deep field of previous writers, from Teresa of Avila to Parker Palmer, offering a concise survey of topics from prayer to vocation. Of particular value are his thoughts on developing a "rule" of life, and his two-page portraits of Christians like St. Benedict, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Mother Teresa. While White's cultural analysis is neither new nor particularly encouraging, the wisdom and clarity of these latter chapters make this book a valuable, and hopeful, starting point for Christians who want their lives to matter. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1 The Second Fall
2 The World That Lives in Us
3 The Ciy of Dreadful Delight
4 Deepening Our Souls
5 Developing Our Minds
6 Answering the Call
7 Aligning with the Church
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