Ebook Special for Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas

Today only: the ebook of Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas is $1.99 (87% off) from the following participating retailers:

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“Hauerwas strips down the seven last sayings of Jesus to their barest essence, refusing to psychologize or proffer easy explanations for hard truths. For the third saying (‘Woman, behold thy son!’), he points out that the Jesus of the New Testament was nothing if not anti-family, and then launches into an utterly fascinating argument that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is presented as the ‘new Abraham’ throughout the Gospels and the Book of Hebrews. Many readers will find it refreshing to see a Protestant theologian recognize Mary’s unique role in salvation and in the church. One note of caution: although these essays are short and the entire book clocks in at right around a hundred pages, even serious readers will find that this is not a collection to be consumed in a single sitting. It would make excellent devotional reading for all of Holy Week, using each reflection for a full day’s rumination.”
Publishers Weekly

“Much-respected theologian Hauerwas . . . has written a brief but intensely observed discussion of the theological issues that subtend the last utterances of Jesus on the cross. Hauerwas’s theology and approach belong squarely in the mainstream tradition of Christian theology about Christ and redemption; many readers will gain profound insight from his deftly phrased, swiftly moving observations. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“A close and moving reading of each of Christ’s last sayings from the cross. . . . Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect further upon the last words of our Lord and Savior.”
—Christianbook.com

In Cross-Shattered Christ, theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus’s final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas’s pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ’s humanity as well as the sheer “differentness” of God.

Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the year, Cross-Shattered Christ offers a transformative reading of Jesus’s words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel.

The Weekly Hit List: April 25, 2014

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by Living with Faith.

“The author, who is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, has written a book aimed not so much to refute sceptics as to guide believers into a balanced understanding and viewpoint of what the questions are and how we can best approach them.

Blomberg makes the point that we find two extremes – ranging from that of religious hardliners demanding unwavering concurrence at one end of the spectrum to unbelieving individuals who try to destroy the faith of believers at the other – and that both extremes are wrong.  Rather, the author shows, we can find a balance in which questions are not only fairly evaluated, but also settled in faith.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by C.J. Stunkard.

Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas was mentioned by Peter Ochs on Religion and Ethics.

QIdeas shared “Whatever Happened to the Common Good?” by Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side.

Big Ideas (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) shared Miroslav Volf’s address for the Centre for Public Christianity at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on “A Public Faith – Serving the Common Good.”

Marlena Graves, author of the forthcoming book A Beautiful Disaster, wrote “Hanging On The Cross Alongside Jesus” for Missio Alliance.

The Weekly Hit List: April 18, 2014

Margaret Feinberg concluded her series of interviews with Craig Blomberg, author of Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

“Is This the Most Divisive Bible Passage of Our Age?”
“The ban on women speaking just seems so out of place in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, like it was inserted later. It just doesn’t seem to go with the rest of the book. Did Paul really tell women to keep quiet in churches? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 14:34-35?”

“3 Bible Questions You’ve Asked Yourself Before”
On the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers; what it means to be “fill with the Spirit”; and how the epistles were delivered.

 

Upcoming interview: Craig will appear on The Bob Dutko Show on Tuesday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

Quick Hits:

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was quoted by The Substance of Faith.

Nicole Baker Fulgham and her book, Educating All God’s Children, were included in “Real Family Values: Child Care and Early Childhood Education” in Center for American Progress.

Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

 

Ebook Specials:

The Redemption of Love: Rescuing Marriage and Sexuality from the Economics of a Fallen World by Carrie A. Miles is only $3.99 (86% off) through April 22.

Ebook Special for Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas

In time for Lent, the ebook of Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas is $7.99 (47% off) through April 20 from the following participating retailers :

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

CBD

 

“Hauerwas strips down the seven last sayings of Jesus to their barest essence, refusing to psychologize or proffer easy explanations for hard truths. For the third saying (‘Woman, behold thy son!’), he points out that the Jesus of the New Testament was nothing if not anti-family, and then launches into an utterly fascinating argument that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is presented as the ‘new Abraham’ throughout the Gospels and the Book of Hebrews. Many readers will find it refreshing to see a Protestant theologian recognize Mary’s unique role in salvation and in the church. One note of caution: although these essays are short and the entire book clocks in at right around a hundred pages, even serious readers will find that this is not a collection to be consumed in a single sitting. It would make excellent devotional reading for all of Holy Week, using each reflection for a full day’s rumination.”
Publishers Weekly

“Much-respected theologian Hauerwas . . . has written a brief but intensely observed discussion of the theological issues that subtend the last utterances of Jesus on the cross. Hauerwas’s theology and approach belong squarely in the mainstream tradition of Christian theology about Christ and redemption; many readers will gain profound insight from his deftly phrased, swiftly moving observations. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal

“A close and moving reading of each of Christ’s last sayings from the cross. . . . Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect further upon the last words of our Lord and Savior.”
Christianbook.com

In Cross-Shattered Christ, theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus’s final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas’s pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ’s humanity as well as the sheer “differentness” of God.

Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the year, Cross-Shattered Christoffers a transformative reading of Jesus’s words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel. Now in paperback.

The Weekly Hit List: July 27, 2012

Just War as Christian Discipleship by Daniel M. Bell Jr. was reviewed in the July 2012 issue of Interpretation.

A subscription is needed to read the full review, but here is an excerpt:

“Daniel Bell, Jr. does a great service for the church, the academy, and civic discourse about war in this book. Dissatisfied with the way in which the Just War criteria have devolved into merely a public policy checklist for politicians in the modern nation-state, he invites Christians to look deeper.

“The church cannot abdicate responsibility for moral judgments about the justice of initiating or prosecuting war to the secular authorities. These decisions are far too important and central to Christian faithfulness to be left to the state. Therefore, he holds out the promise and possibility of Just War as a form of  Christian discipleship.”

 

Quick Hits:

Gary Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens, was interviewed on the Pilgrim Radio network.

Part 1

Part 2

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was recommended by Michael Hyatt.

Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas was recommended on Mason Slater’s blog.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

July ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these ebooks are at least 50% off (and, in most cases, 70% or more):

A Cross-Shattered Church by Stanley Hauerwas
Good News for Anxious Christians by Phillip Cary
Testing Scripture by John Polkinghorne
Power Failure by Albert Borgmann
Is the Reformation Over? by Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom
Transforming Conversion by Gordon T. Smith

You can read more regarding the special ebook sale prices at www.brazospress.com/ebookspecials.

Cross-Shattered Christ Reflection from Stanley Hauerwas

The following is an excerpt from Stanley Hauerwas’s Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words:

The First Word

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

Recall holding a just-born infant, or think of an occasion when you cradled a sick and soon-to-die grandparent or elderly friend. We are drawn to embrace those we love, but they can be so precious, fragile, and beautiful that we fear to take hold of them. These cross-shaped words of Jesus, words uttered in agony, put us in a similar position. We are at once drawn to these words, but we fear taking them in our hands, realizing that we cannot comprehend their power.

To comprehend these words we rightly fear would threaten all we hold dear, that is, the everyday. Everyday death always threatens the everyday, but we depend on our death-denying routines to return life to normality. But this death, and these death-determined words, are not ordinary. This is the death of the Son of God, a death that encompasses death, challenging our assumptions that we have or can “come to terms with death” on our own terms. To comprehend this death, to be faced with these words, means life can never return to normal.

[…]

Is it any wonder we find Good Friday so shattering? On this day and with these words, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” all our presumptions about God and the salvation wrought by God are rendered presumptuous. Moreover, that is how we discover that what happens on the cross really is about us, but the “what” that is about us challenges our presumptions about the kind of salvation we need. Through the cross of Christ we are drawn into the mystery of the Trinity. This is God’s work on our behalf. We are made members of a kingdom governed by a politics of forgiveness and redemption. The world is offered an alternative unimaginable by our sin-determined fantasies.

 

©2004 Stanley Hauerwas. Published by Brazos Press. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

Giveaway: Stanley Hauerwas’s Cross-Shattered Christ

In the midst of the Lenten season, we thought it appropriate to choose Stanely Hauerwas’s Cross-Shattered Christ for our next giveaway.

Cross-Shattered Christ offers a transformative reading of Jesus’s final words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel. It is ideal for personal devotion during the season of Lent.

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In Cross-Shattered Christ, theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus’s final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas’s pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ’s humanity as well as the sheer “differentness” of God.

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