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Just Jesus

My Struggle to Become Human

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   Until his death in 2012, Walter Wink was one of the most influential Christian intellectuals of our time. He was a pastor and theologian, a political activist and a writer. He first becme a practitioner of active nonviolence during the Civil Rights Movement in Selma Alabama, and continued to seek social justice for all under dictatorships in Chile and the apartheid in South Africa. Always through the lens of Jesus, Wink's life and work demonstrate just how important the need to understand "the Son of the Man" is in today's modern world.
   Wink shows us that inspiration and insight can come from any source: a Pentecostal Church in Oklahoma, dreams, Buddhist meditation centers, childhood traumas, an empty forest, illness, and the Gospels. Wink's work in social justice and his life as a theologian are inextricably entwined, finding evidence for nonviolent resistance in the Bible and seeing the need for Jesus in daily struggles.
   "An autobiography of my interest in Jesus, perhaps that is too ambitious," writes Wink. "What I have done here is far less grand. I have simply written down vignettes, or excerpts of my life's story that I find interesting. These autobiographical reflections are in no way exceptional. Everyone has a life story. My story may, at the very least, show why I theologically think the way that I do."
   Just Jesus is the jubilant autobiography of the man who sought justice in all walks of life, including his own.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dec 16, 2013 – Theologian, scholar, and peace activist Wink (Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way), who died in 2012, chronicles his lifetime faith journey in his last book. The reader accompanies him as he expounds his personal faith perspective in a series of short essays, and excerpts from previous works. Jesus, he believes, need no longer be worshipped, but should be emulated. It is Jesus's mission to confront the dominant powers and to liberate people to become fully human. Beginning with a loveless childhood, Wink has a conversion experience as a young adult, then goes to Selma where he is trained in the practice of nonviolent resistance to social and political injustice. With his wife, June, he goes on to teach and to protest worldwide. Although at times a bit disjointed, this offers insight into the trajectory of the author's life as he tries to follow the path of the human Jesus by hearing the oppressed into healing and unmasking the dominant powers.
Just Jesus
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  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Jan 21, 2014
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 176 Pages
  • Language: English
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