Meet 12 fascinating Christian change-agents who were unafraid to ask what God would have them do in the face of life’s realities—and unafraid to go ahead and do it. Their words and actions challenged the status quo, and in so doing they showed the face of Jesus to the church and to the world. Study the inspiring lives of Christians ranging from apostolic times to modern times, with figures such as Mary Magdalene, Francis of Assisi, Sojourner Truth, and Oscar Romero.
Whether calling us to live simply in the name of Jesus, showing the way to genuine peacemaking, or exemplifying the true meaning of courage, the legacies of these blessed troublemakers continue to inspire us today. C.K. Robertson offers a portrait of the lives of a dozen courageous individuals, sharing insights and inspiration for readers today. Robertson also includes questions for reflection and suggestions for further reading at the end of each section.
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A clear and vivid picture of 12 men and women who would not stand still when the world needed to be pushed, or remain silent when power needed to be challenged. My hope is that the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter will help us to rethink our ministry in the service of God’s mission in our own time.
—Fred Hiltz, primate, primate, Anglican Church of Canada
Surveys the full reach of Christian history and spans the whole globe. . . . A fine gift—a book that is not only fascinating reading but also a spur to bold and faithful action today.
—Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Excellent . . . reminds us that the gospel is a revolutionary challenge to a world that accepts poverty and war as ‘just the way things are.’ Holds a mirror up to readers, forcing us to recognize the timid compromises we make in order to feel secure and prosperous. The way of Jesus, as Robertson makes clear, is far more challenging—and rewarding!
—Michael Kinnamon, general secretary, National Council of Churches
Clear and very pleasing prose, with a sure and sympathetic command of his subjects, a ‘Lives of the Saints’ for our times. [This] ‘dangerous dozen’ and their escapades of faith . . . will instruct and encourage certainly; but beware, for they will also inevitably seduce and charm you as well.
—Phyllis Tickle, author, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
C.K. Robertson is canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and distinguished visiting professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Robertson serves on several national boards and has published many books and articles, including Transforming Stewardship, Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives, and Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles.