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Where Was God on September 11? Seeds of Faith and Hope. .

Where Was God on September 11? Seeds of Faith and Hope. Edited by Donald B. Kraybill and Linda Gebman Peachey. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2002. 216 pages. Paper. $10.99.

After September 11, 2001, profound religious questions loomed especially large--questions about God's presence, about evil, about bad things happening to good people. The essays in this book reflect the authors' struggle with faith and search for meaning following 9/11. The editors feel that these essays offer "seeds of faith and hope" and the promise of a better world.

The authors of these varied essays are men and women from a broad range of theological perspectives, denominations, and social locations as writers, professors, family members of victims, leaders in peacemaking organizations, and people from different parts of the world.

Essays are focused around seven general chapter titles: God Amid the Terror? Jesus and the Way of Peace; Revenge, Justice, or Forgiveness? Will Violence Bring Peace? Voices from Our Global Family; Citizens of Two Kingdoms; and Another Way of Responding. While questions are raised about God's presence amid suffering and how Jesus may be a model for our response, the ultimate theme is that of a Christian necessity to respond with nonviolent peacemaking efforts, especially since following Jesus and the gospel imperative to peace may very well be difficult as we live as citizens both of God's kingdom and of a particular nation.

Though specifically related to the events of September 11, this book is a useful resource for a Christian response to violence and suffering. It is quite approachable, moving from chapters focused more on comfort and faith to chapters focused more on response and action. The wide variety of thoughts and perspectives enhances the themes presented. Yet, I am not sure that this book would be quite as approachable to someone not inclined to agree with nonviolence as central to Christianity or for those who see no conflict between Christian faith and nationalism or patriotism.
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Author:Hinrichs, Jodi Neumann
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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