Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out through IVP is around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological reflection. It’s long — and it left room for something shorter and more integrative — image based and with appeal to other learning styles.
In 2014 I finished the shorter, introductory volume. It is 80 pages and 12,000 words, with lots of full color images. I approached the subject with an aim to move beyond abstraction and words alone, and to appeal to both artistic and structural types. The book still leans to the academic side by virtue of many footnotes! And hopefully, also by continuing to encourage rich theological reflection. When I read it again this morning – after two years – I realized that I REALLY like this short volume. It’s pretty darn good! And it’s cheap! Links —
“If we are to avoid the legalisms associated with driven activism or the disobedience associated with wimpy passivism we will need to learn how to worship God in the fulness of life. This is no mean feat and in fact requires a serious reorientation from the prevailing evangelical spirituality of quiet times in quiet places. Len has gifted us with precisely such a reorientation in this book. I am grateful.” –Alan Hirsch
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