@Energion – From Fear to Faith, another endorsement

As a co-editor, I am very glad to have received this: You can pre-order for the next few days our book here.

Many strange things are said and done in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.  Many of them are alien to the Christian gospel, even though they are done in the gospel’s name.  Many of them are toxic, destructive both of persons and societies. They march under the banner of Christian fundamentalism.

This interesting and important book  is the chronicle of spiritual journeys that persons have taken from the prisons of fundamentalism [characterized by biblical literalism, anti- science, fear rather than love as the basis of our relationship with God] to the world of catholic (small c), ecumenical churches.  For these persons, it has been a journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.

The persons whose stories this book tells, are now living in what they believe to be mature communities of faith, where they are growing spiritually and finding the vocations to which they believe God is calling them.  Several of them have been called to the formal ministries of their churches and have been ordained.  Others have found joy and peace living out their discipleship as lay persons. This important book is their story.

William Boyd Grove
Bishop  (retired)
The United Methodist Church

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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