Boston : Beacon Press, c2001.
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Writing with a breathtaking degree of self-disclosure, Brock and Parker confront one of Christianity's most influential concepts, redemptive suffering. Taking up a theme that they have helped bring to theological consciousness in earlier work, they argue that this concept has been particularly destructive for women, who have often been socialized for self-sacrifice that undermines resistance to abuse. Drawing on personal experience as victims of abuse and as friends and counselors of victims in a variety of contexts, they reject the claim that suffering–including the suffering of Jesus on the cross–"saves" us. What saves us, they insist, is supportive, diverse communities of loving individuals in whose presence the presence of God is experienced. The book is organized into three sections corresponding to three seasons of the Christian calendar, Lent, Pentecost, and Epiphany, that carry the narrative from suffering to presence–a liturgical embodiment of the argument. Both authors have stories to tell, and they tell them beautifully in a narrative that carries a sustained theological reflection particularly relevant after one of the most violent centuries in human history. They write that their friendship made the book possible. That friendship breathes through its pages, good news for readers of all faiths seeking resources for resistance to violence.
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