A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community

John Pavlovitz. Westminster John Knox, $16 trade paper (188p) ISBN 978-0-664-26267-9
Pavlovitz, blogger and pastor from Wake Forest, N.C., opens his welcoming text with his view that the shock election of Donald Trump ushered in a movement of grief that has morphed into a larger movement against injustice. He then details his gradual move from conservative Christianity to a more inclusive stance, which caused him much personal pain and internal angst as friends and congregation members shunned his ideas. Conservative readers may not agree with Pavlovitz’s positions on issues such as homosexuality and gender equality, but they will appreciate the wisdom and good sense he imparts regarding loving service, humble civility, and selflessness in a largely self-involved society. Addressing a conservative audience, Pavlovitz takes pains to ground his arguments in scriptural references and writes with an eloquence and deep sense of care toward the church as an institution. Regardless of what theological stance readers live by, Pavlovitz will inspire reflection with valid points on the importance of going directly to God’s word for marching orders. Agent: Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/09/2017
Release date: 09/01/2017
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