Christian Pacifism: Fruit of the Narrow Way

Christian Pacifism: Fruit of the Narrow Way

by Michael Snow

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BN ID: 2940013328471
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 109
File size: 160 KB

About the Author

After his graduation from the University of South Dakota, Michael Snow served for over three years as an officer in the Marine Corps. The crisis described in this book led him to resign his commission rather than complete the pending promotion to captain.
He then worked seasonally for the U. S. Park Service for nine years during which he also received his M. Div. from Earlham in 1981.
Michael returned to the family farm in 1983 as a fifth generation farmer.
His writings have been published in Good News, Quaker Life, Evangelical Friend, Moody Monthly, and others. Requests for his tract, “Your Child and Your TV” came from every state and from abroad. Elisabeth Elliot featured it as the format for one of her radio programs.
Since Christian Pacifism, he has published two additional books:
--Love, Prayer and Forgiveness: When Basics Become Heresies
--Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914
See his website for more information:

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Christian Pacifism 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Cralls Fickle More than 1 year ago
Written by an ex-marine gone pacifist, but it is very clear from the very start that the way of pacifism is not the mark of only true Christians. He knows many who are not pacifists yet love God and follow him in many ways. They may be mistaken here, but that is no call to belittle their faith or salvation in God. I want to make clear what the purpose of this book is. It’s a concise book with a testimony and some powerful words to chew on. It is not nor does it claim to be an extensive refutation of Christian violence, but simply to offer some wise words. Don’t think that I mean this book doesn’t offer much fruit, certainly it does, but one needs to realize just what is trying to be accomplished in these 100 pages. The first chapter is his testimony. I enjoyed it. It tells of a bit of his upbringing and how his attitudes towards war and killing began to slowly crumble as he served in the army. The most interesting part was how he quotes from a speech he gave as a marine in favor of the Vietnam War and contrasts it point by point with his views now. It was the second and third chapters that really shined in my opinion though. The second chapter discussed some of the convincing words he found in the New Testament, particularly those of Jesus. These words seemed to be the ones which burned most in his heart as he turned away from violence as an option. None of it is particularly revolutionary, though Snow’s writing really shines through here as he illuminates the text in a very vivid way. He strongly emphasizes our need to follow Jesus as close as we can in every way. “With our hand in His, we grow and mature as daily we learn the lessons of love.” Engaging in violence is turning away from the given example of Jesus to do things our own way even if just for a bit. The third chapter was one of my favorites. It discussed violence in the Old Testament. It is in no way trying to tackle that entire issue, but it definitely offers food for thought that would be good at planting a seed in a field of doubt. Some look through the Old Testament and think there is no possible way to reconcile those scriptures with a nonviolent God. While this chapter probably won’t entirely convince you of his view, but it will surely show you that perhaps it’s possible. His method is to a take a few of the bigger scenarios and point out where we can see God’s nonviolent nature burning through the murk. He discusses how David, the warrior after God’s own heart, was forbidden by God to build His temple because he was a warrior with blood on his hands And he discusses how Elijah, despite being the catalyst to end the three year drought, was on the run from Jezebel and wishing for death because of his violent act of killing pagan worshippers. We get a glimpse how God wanted to work when Elisha feeds and cares for the enemy in 2 Kings 6-7. When the Israelite’s trust God, they do not need to fight. When they put fear ahead of God, they live, and die, by the sword. The last two chapters were more practical in nature. I found the second half of chapter five especially encouraging. Snow has such a gracious tone towards those who don’t agree with his views, yet he never steps down from his convictions even for a moment. The only reason I cannot give this five stars is because of the amount of typos. Most were very simple, but a few did make me stumble. Disclaimer: I received this book for free for reviewing purposes. This fact had absolutely no influence on my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago