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The Stature of Waiting

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01/07/2004

Publisher writes

Experiences of dependence and of waiting are becoming increasingly frequent and widespread in contemporary life and yet we evade, repudiate or resent them. Vanstone's book, a modern classic of the Anglican spiritual tradition, looks at our attitudes to illness, to being out of work, to not 'doing' anything. He draws on the story of the passion in John's Gospel to transform our understanding of these experiences, by presenting Jesus as a figure who, in his waiting, discloses the deepest dimension of the glory of God.

Judges' and contributors' comments

John Saxbee: This rare mix of informed New Testament scholarship, theological insight and pastoral relevance is written in a style both thought-provoking and practical. A prophetic book whose time has come.

James Woodward: In 1982 I graduated in theology from Kings College London and spent a year as a nursing auxiliary at St Christopher’s Hospice. In the struggle to relate theology to the experience of the dying, Vanstone emerged as a grounded guide. He shows his reader how to dig deeper into puzzles of the Gospel stories. He models faithfulness and attentiveness to the passion of Jesus in which he describes Christ as a waiting figure, who in his waiting, discloses the deepest dimension of the glory of God. This truth I experienced day by day at the bedside of those vulnerable people who became my theological teachers. In them and their dependence, I glimpsed fragments of the wonder and beauty and dignity of God. This book remains a modest protest against the noise and activism of the church obsessed with self and public image. Vanstone brings us back to the suffering but creative love of God shown in waiting and patience.

Dominic Walker: This book shows how the ministry of Jesus was one that moved from being active to being passive/contemplative when facing the Passion. It showed me the importance of being as well as doing in ministry and how to trust in God concerning the things over which I could have no control.

Anne Spalding: For putting into words that there is a time for activity and a time for being passive in a Christian walk.

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