Proverbs of Ashes by Rita Nakashima Brock
Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us

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An extraordinary personal and theological examination of what's wrong with the crucifixion

In an emotionally gripping and intellectually rich combination of memoir and theology, Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker show how emphasizing Christ's obedience to God and sacrifice on the cross sanctions violence, exacerbates its effects, blesses silence about the abuse of human beings, and hinders the process of recovery—giving the fullest and most powerful critique to date of the theology of atonement.

"Poignant and provocative. . . . Brock and Parker have written a book of both sorrow and hope, and a blueprint for deeper thinking about the things that matter most. . . . I will be reflecting on Proverbs of Ashes for many months to come." —Rosemary Bray McNatt, UU World

"This book will anger some Christians and make others feel vindicated. . . . Parker and Brock unveil their own deep pain and suffering to build the book's backbone. They blend self disclosure with serious theology to underscore their outlook." —Cecil S. Holmes, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Provocative. . . . The authors weave theological reflections with deeply moving personal accounts of abuse and trauma, including their own experiences." —The Other Side

"[Readers] cannot help but be swayed by the book's searing passion and profoundly literary style (a remarkable achievement in a coauthored work). Brock and Parker have thrown down a gauntlet that cannot be ignored." —Publishers Weekly

 

About Rita Nakashima Brock

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Rita Nakashima Brock is author of the award-winning Journeys by Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power and coauthor of the critically-acclaimed Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us. She is director of Faith Voices for the Common Good and a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She lives in Oakland, California. Rebecca Ann Parker is coauthor of the critically-acclaimed Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us. An ordained United Methodist minister in dual fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, she is president and professor of theology at Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union. She lives in Oakland, California.
 
Published November 18, 2002 by Beacon Press. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Brock, a Harvard theologian, and Parker, a seminary president, echo Job's cry in this deep theological study of suffering and its role in the Christian faith.

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And she slobbers , so , this dog has her own pair of moosehide mocassins , and mu others are off limits.When she was younger , she would untie both of our mocassin laces during night , after we were asleep.

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