Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Radical Christian Discipleship: A Book Review

About The Book:

Here, finally, is a collection of John Howard Yoder’s writings for the rest of us—practical, yet as provocative as ever. Immerse yourself in selected writings and addresses—mostly unpublished—of Anabaptism’s most famous theologian,formatted and edited so new generations can grasp his radical challenge to the church.

Yoder pulls no punches as he talks about the Christian’s call to live a life that is drastically different from the pattern of this world. He raises important and practical issues that we often choose not to speak about in polite company, in case of embarrassment by our failure to take them seriously. Discover Yoder’s insistence on the narrow path of unswerving allegiance to the cross of Jesus Christ, and deep transformation by the renewing of our minds.

Yoder For Everyone, Book One
Read the introduction and 1st chapter here.

A study guide for this title is available here.

Read a press release about this title and renewed interest in John Howard Yoder here.

About The Author:

John Howard Yoder (1927-1997) taught ethics and theology as a professor at Notre Dame University and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He received his doctorate from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and was a member of the Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana. Widely sought around the world as a theological educator, ethicist, and interpreter of biblical pacifism, he is best known for his study on The Politics of Jesus.

My Review:

Growing up in the Mennonite Brethren church I am familiar with the writings of John Howard Yoder, but I have never really delved into his works until now. While I find theology fascinating, I often find it over my head and therefore will not pay as much attention to the many wonderful theologians out there. 

Radical Christian Discipleship is a wonderfully written book that is perfect for those of us who want to learn more of church history without the deep theologically discussion that often comes alongside. I felt the book flowed nicely, and was organized well. Through 22 chapters the book is one that should be in the personal library of all those who are part of the Anabaptist Movement, as well as anyone else interested in studying this denomination. A challenging read to be sure, but also life-changing for anyone who is willing to learn from the words within.

BUY IT: You can purchase Radical Christian Discipleship at your favorite bookseller from Herald Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Herald Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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