Book Description: Beneath our culture's obsession with wealth and power, status and celebrity, millions of Americans are quietly engaged in a deeply religious struggle to free themselves from petty selfishness and to embrace a life of benevolence and compassion.
My Thoughts: the heart of RELIGION is one of those"eye opener" reads. Even though I know "these things" I need to be reminded of my heart's cry and not get a religious spirit. Christ even warned us to keep our hearts from all uncleanliness and to keep our minds on God. Not an easy feat!
While reading the heart of RELIGION I came to chapter 7, Human Partners and Godly Love and was struck by the first sentence in this chapter, "Exemplars of Godly love do not operate in a vacuum." The whole chapter is basically about how we as christians are called to get along with all peoples. The Catholics, the Baptists, the Pentecostals, the Methodists...we are all children of God with different views of our Heavenly Father.
This book is fashioned to help the christian in today's culture to understand that we can help others. Yes, God has blessed and therefore, we need to extend His hand of blessing.
I love the conclusion! "Thriving by serving others, loving as you have been loved, living a life of meaning. This is the path of faith, hope, and love envisioned by the New Testament."
This is not a read for the faint.of.faith! It's a read for those who want to engage in God's love...His hand extended to those who don't know Him, more than religion, less of us and ALL of Him!
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About the Authors
Matthew T. Lee is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Akron. He is co-author, with Margaret Poloma, of A Sociological Study of the Great Commandment in Pentecostalism.
Margaret M. Poloma is Research Professor of Sociology, University of Akron. She is the author of Main Street Mystics, among other books.
Stephen G. Post is the President of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (www.unlimitedloveinstitute.com), the author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping, and a Professor of Medical Humanities at Stony Brook University.