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Current Book  Book Title:   To Love As God Loves       ISBN:  0-8006-2041-0                  Author:               Roberta Bondi             Publisher:  Fortress Press Available via Amazon   -   Paperback or Kindle
Book Review… I am rather regretting ever having recommended this book. It offers neither a quick read nor a quick fix. It needs reading slowly and then re-reading - again, slowly. It is clearly written but uses no snappy phrases nor trendy jargon. At first it may seem cool, impersonal even, until one realises that it is the result of a deep spiritual experience which the author had many years ago and which she has been meditating on, thinking and praying about, reading about and working on ever since (well, up to 1987, at least). A wife, mother and theologian, Roberta Bondi leads us into dialogue with some quite astonishing early Christian women and men. She herself is quite modern, acknowledging where our Christian forebears no longer relate to us and where they can teach us vital central truths we hardly know. If there is a central image ( and note the word central keeps cropping up) in this book, it is this: Suppose we were to take a compass and insert the point and draw ... a circle.... Let us suppose that this circle is the world and that God himself is the center: the straight lines drawn from the circumference to the center are the lives of human beings... human beings move from the circumference... to the center ... the closer they are to God, the closer they become to one another, and the closer they are to one another, the closer they become to God. (Dorotheus of Gaza) This is about love as the most important activity of our lives; it's gradual.
We start somewhere, where we are, far from God and one another- yet He leads us on. We centre on Him but draw nearer to others as we do so. Closer to God means closer to each other (think of it as a wheel with spokes and God as the hub.) We start, each of us, in a different place but the journey is the same, the distance is the same, the outcome is the same. God is leading us and waiting for us, and the nearer we get to Him, the closer we are to our fellow humans in all their diversity. In this book we meet early Christians - and what a mixed lot they are: illiterates, murderers, highway robbers, scholars, high-ranking provincial governors - black, brown and white, hospitable, living in community or shunning company but all forgiving of the outcast, the sinner, and gentle and humble with each other. All are on a journey to the centre and have much to teach us as they go and as Roberta Bondi brings them into dialogue with us. Occasionally, she seems to imply, we are right and they were wrong. But of the gradualness and work of love, they knew so much and we so little that our need of them, of glimpses of their lives and teachings, is far greater than any spots of out of dateness we may notice. Bondi herself is our contemporary but she knows what we have lost since the Desert Fathers and Mothers were around. I do hope that you find in this book what I am beginning to find. John Davies            9 12 2016
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This page is for information of the Lincoln Readers Book Group. As a member you will be given access to our Blog at: readerbookgroup.wordpress.com    Please do not share access with others! If you wish to join the group you will need: 1. A WordPress.com account. Don’t have an account? All you need is an email address and password:  register here! 2. Permission from the site admin. Once you've created an account, log in and request an invitation to join the Group. Once validated you need to accept the invitation and then you can start to comment post or blog (with author status). Please contact Sally Buck if you wish to join.
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