Floods of ink stain the pages of innumerable books on the search for the Jesus of history. As worthwhile as some of them have been, the momentous unspoken issue lying beneath the surface of these investigations has often been forgotten in the manipulation of minutiae: where is He now? Harold Fickett believes that He can be found in a number of ways, not least in the texture and impact of certain ''extraordinary lives'' of contemporary Christians, a few of whom he holds up before us in the pages of this book. Believing that certain patterns emerge from the life and ministry of Jesus, Fickett describes his contemporary examples in terms of Jesus the Wayfarer (a truck stop chaplain), the Healer (an eighty-year-old Catholic priest), Man of Prayer (an impoverished visionary of the Holy Family who works at a California McDonald's restaurant), Liberator (a husband and wife team in Southeast Asia rescuing girls from sexual slavery), Prophet (John Paul II), and Martyr (two Iranian evangelical preachers executed for their work), concluding with a discernment of the Living Christ in a community as a whole (an Orthodox cathedral in the Midwest). Fickett successfully combines several genres -- biography, biblical exegesis, journalism, fictional narrative technique -- to convey a vivid expression of the One Christ continuing His incarnate work in wonderfully diverse and immediate ways. Virtually as new, missing dust jacket.
An Eighth Day View:
Is Jesus' promise to live on through his believers true? Can we find the living Christ in today's complicated, uneasy world? Harold Fickett explores these questions in" The Living Christ," a journey throughout the world in search of individual Christians whose daily lives reflect different aspects of the resurrected Christ.
Fickett profiles a woman who rescues girls from prostitution in Thailand, a "trucker chaplain" in South Carolina, a visionary living on the California coast, an America priest who conducts a healing ministry in Mexico City, and others who carry out the work of Christ in difficult, sometimes desperate circumstances. Written with narrative flair and offering surprising theological insights, these real-life stories stimulate new and enlightening meditations on Jesus the Liberator, Wayfarer, Contemplative, Healer, and Martyr.
Like the writings of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Philip Yancey, "The Living Christ" will appeal to all who seek a deeper spirituality.