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Douglas Willard's THE GREAT OMISSION: RECLAIMING JESUS'S ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS ON DISCIPLESHIP (0060882433, $23.95) draws a distinction between Jesus' last command to 'make disciples of all nations' and the difference between a 'disciple' and a 'Christian'. It's this misunderstanding, according to Christian thinker Willard, which has been the church's 'great omission', and he seeks to clarify and rectify this misunderstanding through analysis of New Testament lifestyles and teachings, and ideas on how Christians can remain faithful without applying their understanding of the Kingdom of God to all life. An intriguing discussion emerges of definitions and understandings gone awry. Barbara Brown Taylor's LEAVING CHURCH: A MEMOIR OF FAITH (0060771747, $23.95) tells of the author's dream of becoming the pastor of her own small congregation after nine years serving on the staff of a large Atlanta church--a dream which was to lead to her realization that she might have to leave the church to serve more effectively. LEAVING CHURCH follows her spiritual journey, providing in the course of the trip many insights on the pressures on spiritual leaders.
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Title Annotation:The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship; Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
Publication:California Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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