In the midst of life's challenges, so often our faith feels small and weak. In this book one of the world's premier Bible teachers, N. T. Wright, reminds us that what matters is not so much our faith itself as Who our faith is in. Faith, says Wright, is like a window. The point is not for part of the wall to be made of glass. The point of a window is to allow us to see through it--and let light into the room! Faith allows us to see our situation and our own weakness in light of God who is powerful, holy and loving. Wright also looks at the character of the faith God calls us to. He unfolds how dependence, humility and mystery all have a role to play. God beckons us to lean on him as we seek to be constructive citizens of the world, to speak truth in love without hypocrisy and to risk submitting to one another in love. Wright doesn't ignore the messiness and difficulties of life, when hard times come and the unexpected knocks us down. He opens to us what faith means in times of trial and even in the face of death. Through it all he reminds us, it's not great faith we need: it is faith in a great God.
- Sermons are intended for listening!
Sermons are intended for listening, as James Adams's narration of N.T. Wright's book, created out of a series of sermons, shows. This classic from 1978 comes alive as Adams captures the well-known preacher's cadences. Two chapters especially shine: the careful investigation of biblical text, Faith in a Great God, and the passionate passages of Faith to Walk in the Dark. Particularly vivid are Wright's interpretations of biblical women, Naomi, Ruth, Elizabeth, and Mary, as voiced by Adams. He seamlessly delivers scripture citations essential for the listener following along in the Bible startles with upside-down parables like the Pharisee and the Publican, and persuades the listener to let old sermons and older stories make a difference in contemporary life. M.C.T. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine