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The Rebirthing of God

Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings

Author(s): John Philip Newell

ISBN13: 9781594735424

ISBN10: 1594735425

Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing (15 Sep 2014)

Extent: 160 pages

Binding: Hardcover

Size: 23.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm

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  • Dare to imagine a new birth from deep within Christianity, a fresh stirring of the Spirit.

    The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing. In many parts of the West that collapse can only be described as seismic.... There are three main responses or reactions to this collapse. The first is to deny that it is happening. The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations of the old thing. The third, which I invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity?

     - from the Introduction


    In the midst of dramatic changes in Western Christianity, internationally respected spiritual leader, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newell offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us. He invites us to be part of a new holy birth of sacred living. Speaking directly to the heart of Christians those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions, he explores eight major features of a new birthing of Christianity:

     - Coming back into relationship with the Earth as sacred

     - Reconnecting with compassion as the ground of true relationship

     - Celebrating the Light that is at the heart of all life

     - Reverencing the wisdom of other religious traditions

     - Rediscovering spiritual practice as the basis for transformation

     - Living the way of nonviolence among nations Looking to the unconscious as the wellspring of new vision

     - Following love as the seed-force of new birth in our lives and world

  • John Philip Newell

    John Philip Newell is a poet, scholar, and teacher. The former warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now companion theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico. Newell is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including his much admired Listening for the Heartbeat of God and his poetic book of prayer, Praying with the Earth. He is also the author of Christ of the Celts.

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    Insightful and illuminating.... This accessible and thought-provoking book has much to offer pilgrims on all stages of the spiritual journey.

     - Publishers Weekly


    Occasionally I read a book that leads me to think, ‘I wish I had written that.’ This is one of those books.

     - Marcus Borg, author, The Heart of Christianity and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, among other books


    Draw[s] from fresh, deep springs of faith ... placing before us the challenge of our day: Will we allow God to be born anew in us, in the earth, in the cosmos? Will we embody the ever-new life of the Source from which we come?”

     - Mary C. Earle, author, Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings—Annotated and Explained 


    Wow.... This book will move you ... with fresh insight into the rebirth of everything. What a writer, what a book!

     - Rob Bell, author, Love Wins and What We Talk about When We Talk about God

    Insightful and illuminating.... This accessible and thought-provoking book has much to offer pilgrims on all stages of the spiritual journey.

     - Publishers Weekly

    From page one to the conclusion, John Philip Newell engages our imagination and as we read we are born anew. His writing is a blessing!

     - Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former executive director, U.S. World Council of Churches; author, Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This  


    Reconnecting is the word! The deep connection is already there and given, but this little book of wisdom will help you to find the essential message again—and in fresh, intelligent ways.

     - Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico


    Courageous.... A refreshing cup of cool, clear water for our spirits that enlivens us for the journey beyond the stumbling blocks of unquestioned doctrine toward a reconnection with the earth and the human capacity for awareness, compassion and spiritual practices that restore awe and hope for our enacted faith.

     - Thomas V. Wolfe, president, Iliff School of Theology

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