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Reviews of Embracing Grace

The little book is barely out and here is a nice review by Trevin Wax: good summary and fair points.
And John Frye has one too: not a McGospel.

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posted November 10, 2005 at 10:51 am

I am looking forward to the read. About the review: having been an practicioner of arrogance for a large part of my life I am now very sensitive to this problem of thinking I am one the the big picture see-ers. Awareness of the problem helps me. So does a genuine desire to appreciate the perspective of others. I hope that’s the way of Jesus.

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posted November 10, 2005 at 12:06 pm

We’re going through Embracing Grace in our morning staff devotions and just thought I’d pass on a comment. After reading chapter 2 today our manager stopped and said, “I really like this guy…” Three of our staff are reading it on their own and it’s in the hands of some customers as well. This is satisfying on a number of levels and I’m pleased we can partner with you in helping to get this message out through the book trade.

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Scot McKnight

posted November 10, 2005 at 2:28 pm

Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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posted November 10, 2005 at 3:53 pm

Looking forward to reading it, too. BTW, the online editor for relevant (jesse) wanted me to tell you that he really enjoyed the article that stemmed from EG. Oh, and he corrected the spelling. Peace.

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posted November 11, 2005 at 4:26 am

could you clarify an issue for me please. According to the review your book indentifies the problem of the fall and the post-fall world as “individualism”. What eaxactly do you mean by the word? Are we talking about independence, independence of thought, a refusal to follow the crowd, or something else? Because it would seem to me that Jesus was the embodiment of an empowered individual.
Also, how does this relate to the issue of collectivism? Especially given that many of the worst crimes of the 20th century were committed by regimes that were collectivist (Nazism, Stalinism) and that involved people giving up their individualism to submerge themselves in group-think.

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Scot McKnight

posted November 11, 2005 at 8:51 am

I have a section in the book that presents the view that a biblical view of human nature is that we are Eikons; “individualism” is the human without eikonic mission; we are “individuals” and that is good (though “person” might be better); “collectivism” is a forced “community” and I opt for “community.” Hope you can read the book someday.

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posted November 11, 2005 at 9:01 am

Thanks Scot. Even that short clarification helps. I certainly intend to read it, its now fourth on my list. I’m currently reading The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning and after that Marc Driscoll’s Radical Reformission, then its on to Jesus Creed and Embracing Grace. Sounds like a real mission I know but I enjoy reading and learning so its also how I relax after work.

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Ted Gossard,

posted November 15, 2005 at 10:31 pm

I am close to finishing the book.
Written interestingly and clear but profound. The kind of book I’ll definitely reread and reflect on.
N.T. Wright, I think, is the author who opened my understanding of the gospel up so that my theology was changed. But Scot’s book is helping solidify that conviction, which to some extent was beginnning to wane for me. I look forward to more books to come.

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