- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Charisma House (Jan. 3 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616385855
- ISBN-13: 978-1616385859
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity Paperback – Jan 3 2012
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Brian Zahnd is blunt, bold, and biblical—an authentic prophetic voice in the lineage of Elijah and Amos." —Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus, Regent College, and Translator of The Message
About the Author
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Well, to start with, his development of the basic thesis is more with applications than illustrations. Yes, the way of Jesus is far more beautiful, more appealing to the heart, than violence or strict justice. Yes, the Beatitudes challenge us to see the appeal of vulnerable caring. But to my mind those do not develop the asserted mechanism, and show how it works. Rather, they apply it to a series of contrasts between the two ways, more to illustrate the contrast than to illuminate how beauty saves.
Zahnd begins with Dostoyevsky's assertion that beauty will save the world, and argues, correctly in my view, that we have neglected this aspect of the appeal of Godliness in our Enlightenment-saturated world.
Politics has been compared to sausage-making in its unappealing grubbiness, and yes, the closer one looks, the less inspiring it is. But when Zahnd gets to the case of Hitchens' closer look at Mother Theresa, he drifts past with a shallow dismissal, rather than engaging the challenging issues raised.
I fear the book as a whole left me with that feeling: good insights, published before really thinking them through. Sermon depth, and a memorable, even pivotal sermon at that, but not really book depth.