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Spirit and the Politics of Disablement [Paperback]

By Sharon V. Betcher (Author)
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In this remarkable and incisive work, Sharon Betcher analyzes our world and God's embodied presence in the light of her own disability and the insight it affords. She claims disablement as a site of powerful social and religious critique and reflection. With searing honesty, she reveals how our culture, only recently tolerant and supportive of disabled people, still fears them. The presence of disabled persons stands as a rebuke to our images of body and health, to the distorted values of our consumerist culture, and the globalized economy that embodies those values in unjust structures. Yet, Betcher claims, disablement has also revealed powerful alternative understandings of the body and body politic, in Scripture, in the actions of Jesus, in the healing work of the Spirit at work in a broken world. Brimming with insight, Betcher's work is a revelation and a bracing challenge to all Christians.

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In this remarkable and incisive work, Sharon Betcher analyzes our world and God's embodied presence in the light of her own disability and the insight it affords. She claims disablement as a site of powerful social and religious critique and reflection. With searing honesty, she reveals how our culture, only recently tolerant and supportive of disabled people, still fears them. The presence of disabled persons stands as a rebuke to our images of body and health, to the distorted values of our consumerist culture, and the globalized economy that embodies those values in unjust structures.Yet, Betcher claims, disablement has also revealed powerful alternative understandings of the body and body politic, in Scripture, in the actions of Jesus, in the healing work of the Spirit at work in the world. Brimming with insight, Betcher's work is a revelation and a bracing challenge to all Christians.

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Spirit and the Politics of Disablement by Sharon V. Betcher has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 12/02/2008 page 32


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Studio: FORTRESS PRESS
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.93 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800662199  
ISBN13  9780800662196  


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writing to confuse not to clarify  Oct 25, 2009
This is not a book for the average reader. You need an extensive vocabulary in both theology and philosophy to read this book. The sentence structure frequently requires the ability to diagram complex sentences to enable you to begin to unwind complex sentence structure to make sense of what you are reading. After dipping into various parts of the book I decided that the content was just not worth the struggle.
 
Brilliant  Oct 17, 2008
This is a brilliant book! It offers deep, critical insights into our commonly accepted ideas about human bodies and their effects on all of us. The book's constructive work on the Spirit and Hope are also unique and enticing. Worth reading more than once.
 
Wisdom's Song  Mar 29, 2008
A stunning breath of fresh air for Christians, the world and especially those who find themselves "other bodied," including poets, mystics and holy fools! The Rev. Dr. Betcher, speaking from a pastor's heart, but with a scholars bite, has managed to gnaw open the spine (as in Frieda Kahlo's cover art) and reveal the deep wounds of our society which still staggers under the flawed, arrogant notion of perfection being goal and disability somehow being other and surely invisible. If you're ready to join wisdon's song for our time, this is a must read.
 

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