Virtue Reborn, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Virtue Reborn is the first in a series of three titles about Christian life in the modern world, which will build on the themes of Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope and be aimed at a similar market.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
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  • Category: Christian life & practice
  • ISBN: 9780281061440

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I found this book both challenging and encouraging. It deals with developing character as Christians, explaining why this is important (living in anticipation of the people we will be), what the context for this character is (community is far more important than many may suppose), and what we should be doing practically (no short cuts, but constant practice).Not everything in the book is new or revolutionary, but it should provide a framework and language for growing as a Christian, bearing spiritual fruit (Galations 5:22-23) and living in faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).Tom Wright continues his knack of identifying areas of practical Christian living where many people are confused by, or unaware of, what the Bible has to say. Every Christian should read it, and help their local church community to grow in character to be effective in living out the Kingdom where they are.

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As with most of Tom Wright's stuff this is well worth the read but despite being published under Wright's accessible "Tom" brand, rather than the more academic style of "NT", the book does get rather heavy and a bit bogged down in places. Readers who are looking for a punchy follow up to "Surprised by Hope" may be disappointed, as this lacks the "wow" factor that that book had. Persevere, though, as there is much here to think about and Wright's observation that mission and discipleship go hand in hand is spot on. This is Wright as theologian/philosopher rather than as Biblical scholar, and "Virtue Reborn" occupies an already crowded market sector. Writers such as Dallas Willard do a better job in this space, but Wright's solid Biblical footing lends a helpful perspective. One minor flaw is the occasional lack of at least a nod in the direction of the non-Anglican readership.

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