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Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life

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In this manual for living the Christian — and therefore a truly human — life, Michael Jinkins explores so-called Big Questions that challenge people of all ages: What is it to be human? Why am I here? What can I believe in? How should I invest my life? / Readers will find here arresting insights illuminating our contemporary human experience. Through these letters written to his own adult children, Jinkins converses with a startling range of thinkers and writers — from Calvin to Rumi — and offers searching, ...

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Overview

In this manual for living the Christian — and therefore a truly human — life, Michael Jinkins explores so-called Big Questions that challenge people of all ages: What is it to be human? Why am I here? What can I believe in? How should I invest my life? / Readers will find here arresting insights illuminating our contemporary human experience. Through these letters written to his own adult children, Jinkins converses with a startling range of thinkers and writers — from Calvin to Rumi — and offers searching, loving testimony to his own faith. In doing so, he is critical not only of "religion" and the church but also of mere vapid "spirituality." Frank, pungent, and at times humorous, Called to Be Human offers vital food for thought — and for authentic Christian living. / "Have you ever seen faith get passed from one generation to the next? I have. Here. In this book — this edgy, honest, makes-you-cry-because-it's-so-true book — Michael Jinkins passes his Christian faith along to his children, Jeremy and Jessica. Thank God, he's allowed us to look over their shoulders and read along. Called to Be Human confirms the stature of Michael Jinkins as the C. S. Lewis of our time." — Scott Black Johnston / Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York / "In Called to Be Human Michael Jinkins wrangles with profound questions that so many young adults face — the terrifying beauty of death, the staggering complexities of evil, and the bewildering pursuit of vocation. Yet what makes this book so wise and powerful is not just its subject matter but, even more, that these words are wrapped in the unmistakable affection of a father who loves deeply." — Carol Howard Merritt / Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

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Jinkins (Letters to New Pastors), dean of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, uses the familiar letter (in the literal sense, i.e., letters to his family) to help young people, and Christians in general, tackle hard questions such as death, divine justice, doubt, and difficult relationships. It's not possible to know whether these letters were derived from real ones, but the form gives Jinkins the space and freedom for accessible engagement with important issues in contemporary life. VERDICT The innovative format of this work will appeal to Christians, scholarly and otherwise. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802863003
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/8/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jinkins is academic dean and professor of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he is also the author of Christianity, Tolerance and Pluralism and Transformational Ministry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Essential for any parent of a teen.

    None of us are perfect parents but we want our children to have a relationship with our heavenly Father. Walk with the author as he shares he experiences in sharing his faith with his children.

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