• Title: Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life
  • Author: Rowan Williams
  • ISBN: 9780281076628
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Being Disciples Essentials of the Christian Life In the wake of political turmoil who do you follow When faced with difference and divergence whose example do you copy What does it mean to follow a clear path in the midst of cultural confusion The
    In the wake of political turmoil, who do you follow When faced with difference and divergence, whose example do you copy What does it mean to follow a clear path in the midst of cultural confusion The aim of this little book is simple to help readers to see clearly, love dearly and follow nearly the way of Jesus Christ.This is a fresh, inspiring look at tIn the wake of political turmoil, who do you follow When faced with difference and divergence, whose example do you copy What does it mean to follow a clear path in the midst of cultural confusion The aim of this little book is simple to help readers to see clearly, love dearly and follow nearly the way of Jesus Christ.This is a fresh, inspiring look at the meaning of Christian discipleship by one of the world s greatest theologians, perfect for anyone exploring what it means to follow Christ today or wanting to be refreshed and reinvigorated in the Christian life.

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    1. What does it mean to live a Christian life? That is, what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? According to Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, it involves at least two things. The first thing is that involves continually asking "whether what we do, how we think and speak and act is open to Christ and Christ's Spirit." Secondly, it has to do with the way in which the church is a learning community, so that we might grow in our relationship with God and each other. In this bri [...]

    2. Being Disciples is a companion to Being Christian from former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Having covered the essentials of Christianity, namely Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer, in this work Williams offers thoughtful reflections on what it means to be a Disciple of Christ. The book is composed of six short chapters, based on edited versions of six addresses given by Williams between 2007 and 2012.With the topic of discipleship being one heavily covered in Christian literature, [...]

    3. This small book (88 pgs.) is based on six addresses given by the author over the period of 2007-2012. The six chapters include Being Disciples, Faith, Hope & Love, Forgiveness, Holiness, Faith in Society and Life in the Spirit. Thus, the book was put together as an afterthought under the heading of "Being Disciples" and not written as one coherent statement on that topic. So, this is not your general "how to" book on discipleship. Rather, the author takes a deeper and more reflective look at [...]

    4. It's hard to rate an academic book - and make no mistake, that's what this is - and even more difficult to rate any book about faith. I found it both challenging and welcoming, and I shall return to it for reasons both academic and personal.

    5. Rowan Williams is well known for his theological depth and his nimble leadership of the Anglican Communion. Since leaving his role the Archbishop of Canterbury, Williams has continued his theological work at Cambridge. At the same time, he has published beautifully written pastoral essays designed to help Christians grow in faithful discipleship. Most of these were delivered while he was Archbishop. “Being Disciples” is a companion to his earlier “Being Christian.” Both display Williams [...]

    6. Don't let this book's slim heft (less than 100 pages) fool you concerning its depth and richness. By proclaiming that "Discipleship is a state of being.", Anglican theologian and previous Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams alludes to the key depth of this work. Discipleship is a matter of deep spirituality and not a program to be dissected and mastered. Williams is one of those rare theologians who can write for a general audience in a way that invites the reader into a deeper engagement wi [...]

    7. A short book which is so packed with thoughts and ideas that it took me a while to finish. I love the challenge of reckoning my own beliefs and spirituality, which are Christian in nature as that's the culture I was raised in, with the other part of my character based on rational enlightenment, secular society, basic human rights and freedom of thought. Rowan Williams of course succeeds in pulling these things together and so succinctly gives out ideas and suggestions to live by. I was always je [...]

    8. Far be it from me to doubt the quality of book written by a former archbishop and praised to the skies be string of luminaries on the first three pages but this was a disappointment to me. There are some valuable ideas and insights here, and the last chapter is particularly helpful but overall I feel does not cover 'the essentials of the Christian life' as its subtitles claim. It operates at the level of outlook and theory rarely does it descend the everyday. There is little about the discipline [...]

    9. "We start from what we need--where else can we start? But that is a way into understanding how and why we matter, why we are valuable."Rowan Williams has found a way to distill the Christian life down into a succinct and beautiful volume. With hundreds of thousands of volumes on discipleship available, Williams has taken 88 pages and presented a fantastic articulation of the humanity and Godliness that make up the Christian life.

    10. A follow up to Rowan Williams' excellent "Being Christian," which I think is my favourite primer on the Christian faith. This one is not quite as good (more accurately a 4.5/5) as its predecessor; Williams writes in a simple bit profound way (his chapter on holiness is my favourite piece) but one would expect a bit more of a "deeper" explanation of living as a Christian at some points.

    11. A thoughtful and stirring series of meditations on discipleship, not trying too hard to be terribly deep and profound but also resists the hip or cookie cutter version of making "purpose driven" disciples and other brand name programs. You get a sense this is what Jesus was talking about.

    12. Rather sermonicI confess that Rowan Williams is not my favourite author. The book contains useful insights, but often it combines simplicity with obscurity. Addresses require considerable revision when presented in book form.

    13. This is the first Rowan Williams book that hasn't blown me away. It was good, but not as rich as I'd hoped.

    14. Beautiful, profound, and insightful. I know that I will reread this many, many times in my spiritual journey.

    15. A deceptively short book that purports to be a follow on to his introductory primer to Christian faith "Being Christian" but is actually a series of talks on aspects of Christian discipleship re-formatted in book form. The cynical among us might suggest that it is merely an attempt by the publishers to capitalise on the previous popular book, while those of a more generous mindset might suggest that this is an introduction into wider and deeper themes. It is certainly not as TV-vicar Kate Bottle [...]

    16. I enjoyed reading this. It was insightful and calls us back to our traditional roots. I did however feel it could have explored the themes a little more in depth. I left the book wanting more. If you are delving into the understanding of self this is a good place to start.

    17. I started this book several times, but finally finished it today. It is best read in this way, I think. Williams has an ability to make deep ideas understandable, but only if one is able to pay attention in the first place. This call to discipleship requires stillness and a degree of self-knowledge in order to be effective - two properties he calls for in these essays. There are study questions at the end of each essay, making this an excellent book for a group to use in Lent (or any other seaso [...]

    18. One chapter to go! A very balanced and thought provoking review of Christian discipleship. Williams doesn't always give clear answers to how to go about this. He does however, give a very clear perspective on what it means to be a Christian disciple in a secular and multi-cultural society. While Christians 'are not called to impose their vision on the whole of society' but can seek to influence the 'style and direction of common life - the life of the Body of Christ - that represents humanity at [...]

    19. Rowan Williams' Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life is a book I encourage everyone to pick up. It's a joy and a real treat!Williams, of course, is renowned as the Archbishop of Canterbury. In Being Disciples (a follow up, I think, to his excellent Being Christian), speaks of discipleship with Jesus as "a state of being". "Discipleship is about how we live; not just the decisions we make, not just the things we believe, but a state of being."Williams takes five chapters to talk abou [...]

    20. I won this delightful book in a giveaway and read it in one sitting - Rowan Williams writes clearly with a guiding hand inviting the reader to further discuss and study just what it is to truly live a christian life and follow Jesus. A super book for reading more than once - it raises as many questions as it answers - a fascinating read.

    21. A short but beautifully written book that you can read quickly although it is not an easy read, but you will want to go back and re read many times. A book to keep handily on your shelf to refer to, full of interesting insights that challenge Christians to think seriously about how they follow the Master.

    22. This is a thoughtful little book which challenges you to stretch your way of thinking and being rather than one of those " now you are a Christian this is what you ought to do" books and all the better for that.

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