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The Fire of the Word

Meeting God on Holy Ground

by Chris Webb

God inhab­its the Bible. It has the astound­ing pow­er to shape and reshape lives. The sto­ries of peo­ple like Fran­cis of Assisi, Antony of Egypt, Mar­tin Luther, and Mar­tin Luther King Jr. vivid­ly demon­strate this.

So why are more of us not being trans­formed by Scrip­ture today?

Many of us sim­ply need to learn to read Scrip­ture in a whole new way. In these pages Chris Webb encour­ages us to trans­form our Chris­t­ian life by read­ing as lovers rather than as the­o­rists — allow­ing the Bible to utter­ly cap­ti­vate both our minds and our hearts. He shows us how we can learn to read Scrip­ture afresh, as a book infused with the liv­ing pres­ence of God. We will dis­cov­er how our read­ing will realign our real­i­ty indi­vid­u­al­ly and com­mu­nal­ly, tak­ing us beyond the pages into a renewed way of life.

When we open the Bible, it does not point into the far dis­tance and say to us, God is there!” Instead the Spir­it draws near and whis­pers through each line, Look: I am here.” Come, dis­cov­er a read­ing of Scrip­ture that opens our hearts to the liv­ing Word of God.

Christo­pher Webb has accom­plished what few have suc­ceed­ed in doing: he has giv­en us coura­geous open­ings onto what a life hid with Christ in God can be like. As I read this book, I felt the words on the page call­ing out to me, invit­ing me into a deep­er, fuller way of liv­ing … a way of liv­ing that is joy­ful­ly cre­ative and soul-expand­ing. I com­mend to you The Fire of the Word.… It is a book which will both teach and delight. Tolle, lege — take, and read.” — from the fore­word by Richard J. Foster



Beautifully written and firmly grounded in the breadth of our Christian tradition, every page is permeated with Chris's love for Scripture and the God of Scripture. If you engage even a fraction of the approaches to Scripture he describes here, your relationship with Scripture will be transformed!
Ruth Haley Barton, founder, The Transforming Center

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