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Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Mission: The Life And Work of E. Stanley Jones [Paperback]

By Stephen A. Graham (Author)
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For more than half a century, E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973) was arguably the most widely known and universally admired Christian missionary and evangelist of the twentieth century. He went to India as a missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1907 and later became an itinerant evangelist. Equally concerned for social justice and spirituality, Jones supported Indian aspirations for independence, and was sensitive to Indian religious traditions. He founded two Christian ashrams (religious retreats) in India, one at Sat Tal and the other in Lucknow (where he also founded a psychiatric center). He wrote nearly thirty books, most notably The Christ of the Indian Road (1925). Dr. Graham has written a chronological account of the life and ministry of E. Stanley Jones's life for a broad audience. Jones's life is set in the context of the historical, political, and religious events of his day. In particular, Jones's life and ministry will be set against the backdrop of the Christian missionary movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the aftermath of WWI; the different phases of the Indian independence movement; the origins of Japanese imperialism and militarism in the Pacific during the 1930s and 1940s; and finally, American domestic and international politics following WWII. This is a paperback book with a photo section.

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2007 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography (Beeson Divinity School, Samford University)
For more than half a century, E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973) was arguably the most widely known and universally admired Christian missionary and evangelist of the twentieth century. He went to India as a missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1907 and later became an itinerant evangelist. Equally concerned for social justice and spirituality, Jones supported Indian aspirations for independence, and was sensitive to Indian religious traditions. He founded two Christian ashrams (religious retreats) in India, one at Sat Tal and the other in Lucknow (where he also founded a psychiatric center). He wrote nearly thirty books, most notably The Christ of the Indian Road (1925). This is a paperback book with a photo section.
Dr. Graham has written a chronological account of the life and ministry of E. Stanley Jones s life for a broad audience. Jones s life is set in the context of the historical, political, and religious events of his day. In particular, Jones s life and ministry will be set against the backdrop of the Christian missionary movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the aftermath of WWI; the different phases of the Indian independence movement; the origins of Japanese imperialism and militarism in the Pacific during the 1930s and 1940s; and finally, American domestic and international politics following WWII.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   431
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 19, 2006
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  New  
ISBN  068705446X  
ISBN13  9780687054466  


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Major figure in 20th century American Protestantism  Mar 23, 2006
This biography follows upon the heels of Graham's previous work on Jones's theology (The Totalitarian Kingdom of God) and it is the first serious biography done on this major figure in twentieth century Christianity. Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Mission is a careful, chronological account touching on the major events of Jones's life and drawing from an extensive collection of private letters and papers. Graham is a political scientist and brings detailed coverage to Jones's political activities, especially in regards to Indian independence and then later in the Pacific tensions preceding World War II. Graham details Jones's consistent anti-racist views and actions, and his impact upon the early Civil Rights Movement in America. We also get a clear sense of the personal interest Jones had in his Federal Union of Churches plan, which now seems so dated and quaint in conception. Graham does a wonderful job of laying out the development of Jones's Kingdom theology and his attempts to apply these principles in the real world. Jones's commitment to the "Inner Voice" and his daring obedience to it is consistently put forth. Jones's openness to interreligious dialogue and yet his maintenance of a clear Christ-centered commitment remains a relevant model. Graham doesn't do much with the private Jones. We get little sense of who he was behind the scenes. For example, what was his marriage like and how did it bear up with his frequent travels? Graham gives the impression, perhaps unintentionally, of a very private man with few close friends. I am more curious than Graham about the hundreds of evangelistic crusades Jones preached: How were they organized? By whom? What kind of follow-up took place? How might their lasting impact be measured? Finally, how does one explain the radical political trajectory of Jones's vision given his conservative holiness training, his limited reading and study, and his folksy style. If it is true that Jones should be seen as a "proto-liberation theologian" (David Bundy) then how did those views develop? What can explain such a unique (and I would say compelling) Christian vision during a century when the American church was so polarized between conservatives and liberals?
 

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