Abiding: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent, Book 2013
Abiding is not a word we have much use for in everyday conversation. Yet Ben Quash shows that this one concept is central to the Christian life. Abiding, as Quash demonstrates, has the sense of full personal commitment, a quality of solidarity that 'waiting' just cannot convey. It speaks of the centrality of order, consistency and continuity in the Christian tradition, of God's commitment to us and ours to our communities. On the other hand, the kind of 'abiding' that Jesus calls his followers to is one of relinquishment, openness and change, living a life out of one's own control so as to 'abide' in Him. Drawing on the wisdom and imagery of modern fiction, film and art, as well as examples of key figures in the classical Christian tradition, Quash skilfully and creatively explores the implications that 'abiding' has for our bodies and minds, our relationships and communities, and our spiritual lives.
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A dense book, not best suited to reading on the morning commute - which is when I attempted to read it. Probably best to read with a highlighter in hand, and then discuss with other readers.
While this is not a diatribe against the pace of modern life, it does chime with philosophies such as the Slow Food movement that promote giving proper consideration to what we are doing.