MUST READ: MIRROR TO THE CHURCH

Author: Emmanuel Katongole was raised in Uganda and is of  Hutu-Tutsi descent. He currently lives in the US, and teaches at Duke University.

Quotes: “The point of Genesis 3 is not to blame Adam and Eve for original sin so the rest of us are free not to worry about the sins we commit. It is, rather, to help us see our own lives, desires, and temptations reflected in the story of Adam and Eve.”

“We do not seek to understand the pattern of this world so we can blame someone else for the mess we’re in. We need to know how to name this pattern so we can recognize God’s alternative and live into it.”

“The question is not so much whether Jesus’ message has been proclaimed in all the earth. The real question is, what difference has the gospel made in people’s lives?”

“Christian mission is not so much about delivering aid or services as it is about the transformation of identity.”   –

“It is easy to believe in the survival of the fittest when you are born economically ‘fit.'”

“Maybe the church is compromised. Maybe Christ’s body is broken. But the longer I cry out to God, the more certain I am that Jesus is our only hope.”   –

“Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

“We who play the role of Good Samaritan do not often stop to ask how we might improve conditions on the road  to Jericho so that the next person who comes along won’t get jumped by a band of robbers. We must allow our compassion to lean  into the conditions that create people’s need.”

Review: This book is about bodies. A different perspective on the horrific 1994 genocide that tragically took place in Rwanda.

Emmanuel boldly asks; “What is the relationship between my own body, the body politic of the nation to which I belong, and the body of Christ?” He challenges you to question your identity; as an American, as a human, as a Christian. Ultimately, to whom does your body belong?

Christian faith is fundamentally about identity, who we are as an embodied people. The horrific story of the Rwanda Genocide paints a startling mirror to the church in it’s often state- attacking brothers and sisters, and ultimately killing it’s own.

This book has inspired, challenged, and forced me to ask myself– To who does my body owe it’s allegiance? I’ve found myself asking others for forgiveness. With hefty spiritual and political parallels, this is an overall incredible book!

You can buy this book for under fifteen bucks at Mardels, Barnes & Nobles, and Amazon.com.

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