Reflections on the words the church uses to communicate the faith.
Talk the talk and walk the walk.
The challenge of the Christian life is learning to talk Christian. Somebody has got to tell us, give us the words that open the door to the faith called Christian. Each of us is due the delight of discovery that in submitting to God’s talk to us.
God Turned Toward Us: The ABCs of Christian Faith is organized by the words the church teaches us to use to talk about ordinary life apprehended by a God who is Jesus Christ–short, meditative reflections upon key concepts that guide Christians, new or longstanding.
Praise for God Turned Towards Us
“Reading God Turned Towards Us is like walking through a diamond mine. The opening segment on “Abortion” is itself worth the price of the book! Consider these gems: On the Cross: “The cross is a mirror that reflects who we really are as well as a window where we are given a privileged look into the heart of who God is.” On Sanctification: “The Gospels depict the disciples on a continual road trip. They journey, not only step-by-step closer to Jerusalem but also day-by day closer to Christ, that is, sanctification.”
--Mike Lowry, Resident Bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church
God Turned Toward Us: The ABCs of Christian Faith is no ordinary book about Christian beliefs and practices. Rather, it is a sometimes jarring, always interesting, consistently insightful, and persistently provocative invitation to “talk the talk and walk the walk” of Christian discipleship. Addressing topics from A (Abortion) to Z (Zaccheus), Bishop Willimon prods us to listen more attentively to the God who continues to speak amid the confusion and turmoil of our times. This is a valuable resource for individuals and groups who genuinely want to hear a word from the Lord.
--Kenneth Carder, Retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church
No matter where you are on your Christian journey, to communicate about your faith and beliefs you need words. God Turned toward Us: The ABCs of Christian Faith is organized by the words the church teaches us to use to talk about ordinary life as one of God’s children. It includes meditative reflections that give fresh meaning to traditional Christian concepts. Written by pastor and esteemed Christian author William H. Willimon, these reflections are particularly inspiring for pastors, church leaders, and seminarians who want to communicate the faith in entertaining ways. Willimon also includes a Notes section in the book, referring readers to the sources that influenced each meditation.