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Undistorted God: Dispatches on Reclaiming Faith Amid the Cultural Noise

Undistorted God: Dispatches on Reclaiming Faith Amid the Cultural Noise

by Ray Waddle


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Ray Waddle encourages us to find meaning inside, sometimes despite, the contentious times we live in. He helps readers see through spiritual insecurity and distraction to see God in new places: in the sky, in writing, in walking, in music, in memory, in Gospel reading, the bread and wine, worship, the very name Jesus—and get beneath social habits or routine theological assumptions in order to find a fresh core of epiphany.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426767166
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ray Waddle offers his unusual angles on spiritual trends and arguments in various venues. He writes a regular column for The Tennessean and a monthly web column for the United Methodists Interpreter magazine. He is also full-time editor of Yale Divinity School s award-winning Reflections magazine, a publication that finds theological dimensions behind current social and political debates. He has written for Huffington Post, The New York Times and other publications. He has a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master s degree in religious studies from Vanderbilt University. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Decluttered Faith ix

1 Elements of God: Wine of Astonishment 1

2 Largesse of God: Beyond iBelief 9

3 Son of God: Go Crazy 17

4 Rebirth of God: Verb and Reverb 25

5 Rhythm of God: Mystery Tour 33

6 Story of God: Rewriting the Darkness 41

7 Motion of God: Walk This Way 49

8 Miracle of God: True and False 57

9 House of God: Situation Room 65

10 Timetable of God: Ministry of Fear 73

11 Image of God: Entourage 81

12 Seasons of God: Earth Tones 89

13 Speech of God: Silent Partner 97

14 Endurance of God: Known Unknown 103

15 Geography of God: Going Places 109

16 Vigil of God: Monastery Confidential 117

17 Fear of God: Burning Light 127

18 Power of God: Eucharist Revisited 135

Notes 143

Reader's Guide & Conversation Tools 149

Meet the Author 165

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