Abiding : The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2013 Paperback
by Ben Quash
Abiding is not a word we have much use for in everyday conversation.
Yet Ben Quash shows that this one concept is central to the Christian life.
Abiding, as Quash demonstrates, has the sense of full personal commitment, a quality of solidarity that 'waiting' just cannot convey.
It speaks of the centrality of order, consistency and continuity in the Christian tradition, of God's commitment to us and ours to our communities.
On the other hand, the kind of 'abiding' that Jesus calls his followers to is one of relinquishment, openness and change, living a life out of one's own control so as to 'abide' in Him.
Drawing on the wisdom and imagery of modern fiction, film and art, as well as examples of key figures in the classical Christian tradition, Quash skilfully and creatively explores the implications that 'abiding' has for our bodies and minds, our relationships and communities, and our spiritual lives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 22/11/2012
- Category: Christian life & practice
- ISBN: 9781441151117
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Review by twitham
A beautiful book calling us not only to "abide" in Christ, but also to allow God to "abide" in us - a much more fruitful stance. Ben Quash explores six ways in which we are called to abide: in body, in mind, through care, in relationships, in exile, in our wounds. The last chapter calls to mind "The Peace that Abides" and a short epilogue encourages us to answer the question "Who May Abide?" with the response me, but only in Christ. In each chapter, Quash introduces a character, some of which are fictional, some humorous, some contemporary, some like Macrina, the sister of Gregory of Nyssa, historical, who is an illustration of the aspect of abiding under consideration. "Abiding" calls us to a richer, slower and ever-lasting journey into God.