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Revise Us Again

Living from a Renewed Christian Spirit

Author Frank Viola
Narrator Adam Verner
Runtime 3.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date May 9, 2011
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Author Frank Viola believes we need to revisit and revise what it means to live the Christian life.

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Revise Us Again calls us to revisit and return to God’s original script for living. Every person follows a script for living, a life-guide that offers cues for our behavior and direction for our choices. As believers, the Word of God gives us a script for experiencing life as God intended. Yet our scripts are often distorted by our environment, our culture, and our religious traditions. As a result, all of us are in constant need of revising the scripts that we live by.

Author Frank Viola believes we need to revisit and revise what it means to live the Christian life. Drawing from his rich background in ministry, Viola shares how believers can benefit from rescripting their lives in ten key areas. Written in a conversational tone and filled with practical insights, Revise Us Again is ideal for any reader who longs to follow God’s original script for living.

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Helpful for every Christian
'Every person, and every Christian in particular, is charged with reviewing his or her life script regularly and with allowing the words of this book to infiltrate everyday thinking.'
J.E. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/15/2011)
sounds like the author
Read by Adam Verner, Frank Viola's newest book, "Revise Us Again," focuses on how to live according to the Christian script, as if we are all part of the great drama of life, like Shakespeare once suggested.Viola's text encourages readers to continually compare their lives with Scripture, and revise our paths, as necessary, to stay on track with where G-d wants us. Verner narrates with a smooth confidence, yet is shy on proper intonation.

The Score

+5 for renowned theologian author

+3 for content of book

+2 for dictation of narrator

-4 for monotone presentation

= +6

SG recommends the book and audio edition as well.

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Review by / (Posted on 8/17/2011)
Revising Christian Language
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com).

There has been a lot of talk in Protestant Christianity lately about continued reformation. And many people and sects of course argue that they are being true to the apostolic church (assuming there was a monolithic idea of such an organization). The more progressive people often attack the conservative evangelicals on being too narrow with their definition of the Gospel. In contrast, fundamentalists criticize liberals as being unbiblical and therefore heretical.

Frank Viola recently released his newest book, Revise Us Again, exploring ideas of what a modern revision of the Church would look like. While no one book can really tackle all of the ways we need to be continually reformed, Viola does a nice job of not really getting into the endless debated details. Not that those issues are not important.

However, as a psychologist, I have come to value the role of the process of communication. Content is was is being said, while process refers to not just how things are being said, but the emotional aspects involved in the conversation. Usually, the process is really what is at stake when there is conflict, not the content itself.

Viola spends more time examining the process of current Christian dialogue. He nicely notes that people have different communication styles that either allow two sides to communicate effectively or to not understand one another at all. The goal, of course, would be to notice one's own style and that of the person with whom they are communicating and then attempt to adjust the style in order to effectively engage one another.

Some of the problem I see is that what he simply calls communication styles are more than just a style. I think they actually reflect paradigms or world views that are expressed in different language. I'm planning on writing another blog post specifically exploring these points in his book. Nevertheless, I found the three styles he presented (charismatic, quoter, and pragmatist) quite compelling and accurate depictions of how various groups communicate.

Ultimately, Viola does a good job of providing logical and biblical evidence for a reasonable faith, both in doctrine and practice. While at times simplistic, it is also written in a way that makes it accessible to a very wide audience.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review by / (Posted on 6/26/2011)
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