Don't get me wrong. I'm a liturgical kind of guy--when it is done right & well. But I was hoping for a book to be able to give people that gives a biblical rationale for the different parts of the worship service. But I was disappointed. This book was at best a feel good explanation that probably satisfies very surface questions of what does the liturgy does for me. There were a couple of good quotes, such as...
"The liturgy lives out a story in a story-deprived world...By participating in the liturgy, we're doing more than 'attending a service.' We are entering a story--a story in which we also play a role. We are the people who have indeed been gathered. We ar ethe people who share in Go's very life. We are sent forth to proclaim God's story and to invite peole into the grand story."
46. When Helping Hurts: How To Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...And Yourself. 8.5 stars out of 10.
The contribution this book makes is in its understanding of the creation & fall grids through which we should view the issue of poverty. Building on the work of Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor, the authors concur:
"Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings."Basically, the book rightfully contends that poverty is much more than the lack of economic resources. Economic, social, political & religious systems are broken. The Gospel address all of these, and seeks to heal humans in each of these realms. The book addresses the god-complexes of the Western rich as well as the shame & feelings of inferiority that the poor carry with them. The book is well worth the read for any Christian that wants to help and have their help really help.
47. Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne. 7 out of 10 stars.
At any rate, we had an enjoyable time, and even though we knew Mr. Phileas Fogg was going to make it around the world in 80 days, we were still surprised and delighted with how the story ended. If you are going to read through this book, keep a dictionary close by!