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Words That Circled the World: A Christian's Response to 13 Quotations That Have Shaped Our Times [Paperback]

By Richard Bewes (Author), Bewes Richard (Author) & John R. W. Stott (Foreword by)
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Richard Bewes weaves some of the best-known quotes of our era into a remarkable book. Through these well known statements he is able to explore what motivates the modern mind and contrasts it with the wisdom of the Christian message. This unique book enables you to understand why the Christian faith is such a radical alternative in the post-modern world.

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John Charles Ryle 1816 1900 was the first Bishop of Liverpool England. After a dazzling sporting career at school and university poised on the verge of national recognition he gave it all up to become a minister in the Church of England.However his leadership abilities on the field of play stood out and prepared him for the difficult task of being an evangelical leader of a mixed diocese in the most sectarian of English cities. Throughout his period in office Ryle was respected by his colleagues to the extent that even one of his most strident opponents broke down and wept at the news of his death. He was able to master the difficult task of being firm in his beliefs and loving in his application of them. His gracious spirit is an example to us today. This is probably why many of Ryle's writings have been continuously in print for over 100 years. Here Ryle explains that divisive often derided and misapplied by advertising term 'born again'. He explains what being 'born again' means why it is necessary and how you can tell whether you are. Much of the value of this publication though lies in what Ryle writes next. In his gracious yet firm way Ryle devotes the majority of the book to explaining how the objections people have had to the doctrine should be handled and overcome with gentle persuasion.It is a supreme example of the art of persuasion.

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Studio: Christian Focus
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.68" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 19, 2003
Publisher   Christian Focus Publications
ISBN  1857928121  
ISBN13  9781857928129  

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More About Richard Bewes, Bewes Richard & John R. W. Stott

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard Bewes is the author of several beloved books of faith including Talking About Prayer, 150 Pocket Thoughts, and The Goodnight Book. Bewes was the rector of All Souls Church in the centre of London from 1983 until his retirement in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the Church of England.

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A Book in London  Dec 21, 2003
Christmas 2003


I found myself in London, England earlier this year standing in All Souls Church after a Sunday morning service, perusing the offerings of books available for purchase. Due to a self-imposed moratorium on acquiring additional titles (until at least some of those which already lie about my residence - unopened and contributing to considerable clutter and occasional spousal disharmony - are read), I hesitated before purchasing the one enclosed.

I had never before heard of the author, Richard Bewes, but had just heard him speak. The thought crossed my mind that a book by Bewes might be of interest. However, the title was rather bland, and the quote on the cover by John Stott ("a rich blend of insight, sanity, wisdom and humour") made it sound as though the book were geared toward entertainment, of which I have decided I have a tendency to invest too much time already. And there was a noticeable lack of the American hyperbole I expect to see on the cover of any publication worth considering ("read by millions," "guaranteed to change your life in thirty days," etc.).

Nonetheless, I finally resolved that the book's purchase would serve well as a souvenir of my visit to the UK, and thereby justified forking over the few British Pounds requested for its acquisition.

What I found was a book that remarkably depicts its author's ability to write in a manner that is, to use the biblical terminology familiar to some, "in the world, but not of it." Bewes takes a few quotes from the 20th Century - of interest in themselves to anyone who enjoys reading history or contemporary affairs - and weaves them (with very little departure from their original context) into questions that probe into areas that plague the mind of all humanity: Why am I here? Who cares that I'm here? If someone out there somewhere made me and cares about me, why does he make it so hard for me to know him?

Starting with words from a deck hand spoken to a woman boarding the Titanic on its maiden voyage ("Yes, lady, God himself could not sink this ship."), to those of Marilyn Monroe ("I've been on a calendar, but never on time."), to the declaration of U.S. President Bill Clinton ("I did not have sex with that woman."), to the naive euphoria of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after having secured a signed pledge from Adolf Hitler ("I have in my hand a piece of paper."), to the haunting refrain of rock musician Bob Geldof ("Is that it?"), and on to a half-dozen or so more, Bewes takes the reader on a brief but interesting tour of our times asking us all along the way to consider where we have been, where we are going, and why.

I found the book enjoyable, but also disconcerting. To think, as I am asked to do when reading the first chapter, of the meaninglessness of suddenly being told that I can go into the first-class lounge of a luxury liner and enjoy anything there I would like, but knowing at the same time that in one hour the entire ship will be at the bottom of the ocean, is not necessarily comforting. And to be confronted with the author's assertion that there next to a Roman execution instrument, where God himself hung convicted and sentenced for my wrongdoing, is the only place God has provided where I may meet him, takes my view of myself somewhere that I would initially rather it not be taken. This gate is indeed very narrow. But of course, Bewes, being a Christian author, takes us to death's door only so that we may experience what is always on the other side for those who believe the promise: life that lasts forever.


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