Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author and esteemed public theologian JIM WALLIS for a discussion of his latest book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.
In Christ in Crisis, Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus”—the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America’s current crisis—Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith.
“Christians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ—both personal and public—in times of trouble. It’s called coming home,” Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator’s focus isn’t politics; it’s faith.
As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap.Christ in Crisis is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.
“Jim Wallis gives us a book that could be titled Following Jesus Again for the First Time. With prophetic fire, he makes the case that our political and religious crises arise from a failure of following the Jesus of the New Testament. Read this book and go deep.” —Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks
“For far too long, we’ve ceded the power and person of Jesus to political movements with no ambitions toward His radical love. Reclaiming Jesus is not only our responsibility, it is necessary now more than ever. This is a book for all God’s people.” —Brittany Packnett, co-founder of Campaign Zero
“This is Jim Wallis at his best, a ‘Jesus book’ better than any I’ve seen in some time, and could not be more timely or more challenging. It offers a drink of fresh water to anyone who has felt despair at the state of the world—Christian and non-Christian alike.” —Richard Rohr, author of The Universal Christ
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