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Dwelling in a Strange Land Dwelling in a Strange Land
Exile in the Bible and in the Church

John Holdsworth
ISBN 1853115630 (9781853115639)
SCM-Canterbury Press, 2003

Category: Christian Life & Discipleship

In the introduction to this book John Holdsworth writes, "This book is designed as a resource for those who want to question, want to learn, want to be stimulated, want to make new connections and want, above all, to make some sense of what it might mean to be a Christian in the world today."

What more could you want? There are nine chapters, so if you plan to use this for Lent reading, working through a chapter a week to finish by Easter, you need to start reading quite early on! Each chapter has questions to encourage you to reflect on what you are reading.

This book will grab you, it engages the reader from the first page, tackling tough issues such as September 11th, the Book of Job, the Exile. How do we view disruptions and challenges? What does it mean to say that we are God's pilgrim people? Does it necessitate a sense of homelessness? What does this mean for the church today?

Sue Groom, January 2004

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

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