The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings

John Philip Newell. SkyLight Paths, $19.99 (150p) ISBN 978-1-59473-542-4
In this insightful and illuminating work, Newell (Listening for the Heartbeat of God) explores chapter by chapter themes of connecting (with the earth, compassion, light, journey, spiritual practice, nonviolence, unconscious, love) in order to reclaim Christianity's understanding of being "born anew" and of resurrection. Drawing from his experience with the Iona community in Scotland, as well as other spiritual sites, such as Taize in France, Newell offers illustrations from his ministry, family life, and dreams to "[allow] ourselves to dream the Christian story onward." He gleans wisdom from a diverse group of spiritual practitioners from Columba and Julian of Norwich to Thomas Berry and Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as from numerous faith traditions, contending that "bringing our heart into union with the heart of the other is the basis of true freedom." Asserting that "[c]ompassionate action is sustained by the courage to feel," Newell's work carries practical implications, as he argues that clergy need as much training in spiritual practices such as contemplative prayer, as in beliefs. This accessible and thought-provoking book has much to offer pilgrims on all stages of the spiritual journey. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/26/2014
Release date: 06/01/2014
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