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Nora Gallagher

Författare till Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith

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New Mexico, USA
Santa Barbara, California, USA
St. John's College, Annapolis



This book is part of the eight book Ancient Practices series under the general editorship of Phyllis Tickle.

The sacred meal in question here has been described in many different ways: communion, breaking of bread, mass, eucharist, Lord's meal, etc. Many doctrinal differences surround it: transubstantiation, who may partake, who may serve it; is it merely a memorial, the real; presence of Christ or something else?

Nora Gallagher writes from an Episcopal standpoint. It is this perspective that shapes her ideas and views about breaking of bread. This is very much a personal perspective. The only time she steps out of her seeming denominational bounds are when she asserts that there should be no rules as to who can take it and who cannot.

She writes very well and the book is full of literary allusions and epigraphs. The strength of the book is its narrative format, but that is also its weakness. There is little historical, cultural or theological reflection on the subject; the only exception is the brief chapter 9, 'A history in brief' - unfortunately the chapter is too brief. I would have liked to have seen this chapter developed more. The book is part of the Ancient Practices - but there is seemingly no link between the 'Sacred' meal that Gallagher describes and the ancient i.e. New Testament practice.
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Flaggad | 4 andra recensioner | Jul 23, 2020 |
I can't believe it. I just finished reading an entire book on the Lord's Supper and heard virtually nothing about Jesus' death. Seriously, think about it:

"And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many" (Mark 14:22-24 ESV).

The entire point of the original supper was Jesus' impending death. How do you miss that?

Let me bring a little balance to this review. Nora Gallagher is a gifted writer. Her prose is tight and compelling. In addition, some of the themes she spoke about such as receiving the Eucharist as a gift and the connection between the Lord's Supper and his mission to the disenfranchised were important. Unfortunately there was too much sloppy theology mixed in. Here are a couple of examples:

1. "Jesus said, 'Do this to remember me' (Luke 22:19 NLT). Many of us think these words, . . . mean that we're remembering Jesus when we drink of this cup and eat of this bread. Well, of course, we're remembering Jesus, but that should not be all we're doing. I don't think Jesus was interested in everybody just remembering him. What's the point of that? . . . I think Jesus wanted his disciples and everyone who came after him to remember what they had together. What they made together. What it meant to be together. . . . Do this to remember me. Do this to remember who you were with me. Do this to remember who you are" (23-24). My thoughts: So remembering Jesus is pointless—he obviously wanted us to reinterpret his words to fit 21st century psychology.

2. "There is another way to think of dying and where we go. Instead, we die in, . . . that is, we reenter the earth, to be part of the earth that gave us our beginning, to become part of all that lives, and moves, and has its being (Acts 17:28). What if the risen Christ does not die out, as in being lifted into the heavens, but rather dies in, that is, dies into the whole of the world" (131)? My thoughts: Okay, at least we're thinking about Jesus' death now, but how on earth can you call Jesus' resurrection from the dead a "die out" as in "being lifted into the heavens"?

I could point to a number of other examples of obvious eisigesis, but I'm pretty sure you get the picture. Beautiful writing and interesting stories cannot redeem this book.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free as a member of Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program.
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StephenBarkley | 4 andra recensioner | Jun 25, 2011 |
This is another book in the Ancient Practices Series that I have been reviewing for BookSneeze.

This series takes apart each of the different Christian practices in order to better understand what they are and why people perform them.

This book is on the Holy Communion. Throughout time, Christians have partaken in the Holy Communion. Most understand that it is representative of the blood of Christ and the body of Christ. However, many do not understand the whys or how’s of this. Nora Gallagher explains in very easy to understand language the history and beliefs behind this ancient practice.

Even though I am not a Christian, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It takes a look at the history of a people. And understanding a person’s belief system lends to understanding the person.

Plus I am able to see how many practices are very much like my own. And how many of the major religions are very much similar. Its just unfortunate that most people don’t want to see it.

So whether you are a Christian or just someone like me who loves to read about all different religions, this is a great read. You will definitely walk away with a new perspective.

I received this book free in exchange for my review. This did not influence my review in any way.
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wakela | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 17, 2011 |



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