Reviews - What do customers think about The Courage of Our Confusions: The Last Hurrah of a Senior Citizen (With The Help of William James)?
It's a Gen Apr 30, 2005
This book is a gem. A gem is something important. This book deals with very important topics, ones that deeply affect how we live and whether or not we shall be happy and productive in life. A gem sparkles. This book sparkles with humor, insight, hope and practicality. A gem lasts a lifetime. This book can be read over and over and each time it will prove to be relevant. But this is a gem that in inexpensive. You can afford it but you can't afford not to buy and read it.
Faith - A life-long Struggle Apr 10, 2005
After fifty years of pastoral ministry a minister might be dismayed by the continuing questions presented by doctrine and dogma. Sliding down the slippery slope toward this life's end one often wonders why there seem to be more questions than answers. This is a much needed and helpful book in a time when simplistic religion is all the rage. Ferm offers encouragement and inspiration to the legions of honest doubters, those who insist on loving God with all their minds as well as their hearts, those honest enough with themselves to insist on bringing reason and intellect to bear on theological issues. Ferm's chapter on the Bible and its misuses is especially helpful as fundamentalism and literalism shut down meaningful debate in a pluralistic world. Ferm is helpful also in relating Christianity to the world's other great religions. This vital senior citizen captures the essence of the quest for faith, affirming the reality of a "Benevolent Other" while reassuring the seeker that the search for faith is a life-long journey.
Roger S. Nicholson, D-Min Gibsonia, PA
The Truth in Other Religions Mar 14, 2005
This book makes sense. The author has a doctorate in religious studies from Yale, but he writes in a very down-to-earth way. I'm a senior citizen, a widow living in Florida. I was on the library committee in my church up north and read most of the new books as they came in. Down here, I haven't kept up with current thought about religion. I particularly like what the book says about the plurality of truths, that there's a new openness about looking for truth in other religions. As an example, he lists the Golden Rule of Christianity and the equivalent rule in Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Taoism. It's a thought-provoking but entertaining book
Beyond a Sunday School Religion Jan 10, 2005
Perhaps the most thought provoking Christian book since Bishop John Robinson's 1963, "Honest to God".
Most of us have grown up, but has our faith been dynamic and matured with us? How do we approach the ultimate questions of our lives and their meanings? What is our reponse to what the Rev. Dr. Deane Ferm, chooses to call the "Friendly Other"?
Ferm, in part relying on his background in the pyschology of William James, gives us to tools to examine these questions, and more. He talks about ideas concerning God and perspectives on Jesus. He discusses using and misusing the Bible and the role of the church and the life to come.
If you are a layperson, and this is a book accessable to laypersons, and you are at a point in your life where you want to take a good look at your beliefs with the help of a seasoned pastor, theologion, chaplain and friend, this book will be useful to you. If you are a seminary graduate it might help you bring together in a cogent way the various streams of thought characteristic of a mature Christianity.
It could also be a most interesting book for an adult study and discussion group.
A Senior Citizen has crafted a concise book that relates the learnings and experiences of a long lifetime. Hurrah for Deane Ferm!