Mystic Way of Evangelism, The: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach

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Although each generation searches for effective ways to be salt and light, Elaine Heath argues that the church is currently in an especially difficult place--a dark night of the soul. She calls the church to embrace, rather than ignore, its difficulties and find different ways of doing outreach.

Heath brings a fresh perspective to the theory and practice of evangelism by approaching it through contemplative spirituality. By looking to mystics, saints, and martyrs of church ...

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Overview

Although each generation searches for effective ways to be salt and light, Elaine Heath argues that the church is currently in an especially difficult place--a dark night of the soul. She calls the church to embrace, rather than ignore, its difficulties and find different ways of doing outreach.

Heath brings a fresh perspective to the theory and practice of evangelism by approaching it through contemplative spirituality. By looking to mystics, saints, and martyrs of church history--such as Ignatius of Loyola, Julian of Norwich, St. Francis, John Wesley, Mother Theresa, and Henri Nouwen--she suggests we can discover ways of thinking about God that result in a life of outreach.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801033254
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 632,398
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Elaine A. Heath (PhD, Duquesne University) is McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism and director of the Center for Missional Wisdom at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. An ordained United Methodist minister, she has served several churches and has taught at several seminaries. She is also the coauthor of More Light on the Path.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Purgation

1 Into the Night 25

Pt. 2 Illumination

2 Love Is God's Meaning 39

3 Broken Bread and Poured Out Wine 59

4 Coming Home to Love 71

5 Healing the Threefold Wound 84

6 Redeeming the Earth 101

Pt. 3 Union

7 A Hermeneutic of Love 119

8 Giving Ourselves Away 131

9 Homing Prayer 146

10 New Tongues of Fire 159

11 Your Will Be Done on Earth 170

Epilogue: Out of the Night 181

Appendix: Corporate Experiences of the Dark Night 183

Bibliography 187

Index 201

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