Comment: I love
this book! I've been recommending it as a personal yet
thoughtful entree into the postmodern conversation. I'm
amazed King was grappling with these issues before 1990.
His insight about a needed postmodern convergence of
liberal and conservative came
years earlier than I have known anyone else to write
about it. I have long felt Anabaptists were going to
bring something special to the postmodern world because
of their special posture toward the modern world.
Michaels book reassures me that this will be the
case. More. . . .
Trackless Wastes was
recommended to me by my eighty-four year old father and
by a seminary colleague who uses it as a textbook. I can
see why it has broad appeal. King wrestles honestly and
helpfully with human experience in the light of faith.
His ability to shine a light on what is common in the
human condition by opening the pages of his own life is
this books gift. More. . . .
Reading this book feels like
entering a fugue state (traveling away from home without
knowing where), then returning with more clarity than
ever before. The clash of paradigms King so poignantly
addresses beckons us toward integrating disparate parts
of self and other. And in this
Internet age we desperately need the bridges to the Jesus
story envisioned here. King helps us visualize ways to
build bridges back to a home where those who have been
hurt or lack faith can experience biblical truth. More. . . .
Out of trackless wastes, Michael King leads us forth, wisely steering a course set by stars which do not deceive. If you have given up on the church because it is too critically closes or too uncritically open, if you have lost your direction on that perilous path called discipleship, if your house of faith is beginning to crumble or else you havent even begun to build that house, read this book.
I began to read Trackless Wastes and Stars to Steer By while I was on a cross-country speaking tour, pondering its pages in a succession of forgettable motel rooms far from my home. How well it described our predicament as modern believers. How clearly it named our situation. How simply and straightforwardly it charted an exciting new path for contemporary disciples.
I finished this book on a cold
January night in Nebraska. Full of fresh insights, I put
it aside and stepped out of my room into the cold, dark
night. I was still far from home, yet the stars shone
bright and clear.
Summary: In these times, now often called "postmodern," many of us live in a homeless age as exiles lost between the traditional religious homes that once sheltered us and whatever homes will replace them. Some separatist Christians respond to this sense of exile by emphasizing efforts to be separate from the world. But they cling to a Christianity clear enough and passionate enough to challenge the world's broken ways. Meanwhile translationist believers risk being entirely in the world and losing their Christianity. But they make exciting, meaningful connections between faith and world as they go on adventurous journeys of faith.
King welds these two approaches into a third way, offering a new faith home, whose members can challenge the bad and love the good of God's world. Such bicultural Christians take the world into the Bible and connect Bible and world.
Shelving:: TheologyAnabaptist, Mennonite. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences, Philosophy. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.
Market: Seekers or Christians ready to rethink yet affirm faith.
The Author: Michael A. King, Telford, Pennsylvania, is pastor, Spring Mount Mennonite Church and publisher, Pandora Press U.S. He is author (with Ronald J. Sider) of Preaching about Life in a Threatening World (Westminster, 1987) , of Fractured Dance: Gadamer and Mennonite Conversations On Homosexuality (a forthcoming volume in the C. Henry Smith series to be published by Pandora Press U.S.), and of many articles published in a wide range of magazines, including Christian Century and Christian Ministry.
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