Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor

David W. Augsburger, Author . Brazos $19.99 (245p) ISBN 978-1-58743-180-7

Drawing on the Anabaptist traditions, Fuller Theological Seminary professor Augsburger explores what spirituality looks like when it imitates Jesus and is directed outward in service to the world, instead of inward on the self. This is not the usual all-about-me spirituality book nor does it focus solely on community to the exclusion of the individual, but it balances the needs of people and communities as they try to imitate the ways of Jesus. In clear and accessible language, Augsburger recommends and explores eight practices: radical attachment, stubborn loyalty, tenacious serenity, habitual humility, resolute nonviolence, concrete service, authentic witness and subversive spirituality. Each chapter begins with several stories and ends with meditations that make what might otherwise be strictly theoretical into practices readers can imagine emulating. Those who are tired of the same old spirituality books will find surprises. The chapter on humility, for instance, looks at "humor that enhances spirituality" and at holy fools. Augsburger has written a book that is challenging but still pastoral; it is realistic and honest about the cost of true discipleship even as it encourages readers to embrace that path. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/03/2006
Release date: 06/01/2006
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