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Surprised by Paradox Free read ´ 108 Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ü Jen Pollock Michel Jen Pollock Michel Ü 8 Free read What if certainty isn't the goal In a world filled with ambiguity many of us long for a belief system that provides straightforward answers to complex uestions and clarity in the face of confusion We want faith to act like an orderly set of truth claims designed to solve the problems and pain that life throws at us With signature candor and depth Jen Pollock Michel helps readers imagine a Christian faith open to mystery While there are certainties in Christian faith at the heart of the Christ. I have learned to love the tension of paradox the way paradox disciplines me to allow two seeming contradictions to coexist Jen Pollock Michel admits that much of her writing has been born from the tension between two ideas This book is her celebration of the many paradoxes of the Christian faith With her trademark care and eye for detail Michel sifts through her own memories of the world and her reflections on scripture to celebrate paradoxes she s come to loveI will be writing a thoughtful review soon but I will mention here that my personal disappointment with the book was that she didn t dwell longer on the nature and beauty of paradox itself The title should have been Surprised by Paradoxes because the majority of the writing was about various paradoxes she appreciates While I enjoyed her tour of the paradoxes that undergird our faith I was hoping for time discussing the nature power and beauty of paradox Perhaps I m the only one who was expecting this but I wanted a celebration of the way that practicing with paradox can help us be perplexed but not in despair when we discover new mysteries 2 Corinthians 48 But I generally loved the way she was able to allow paradox to surprise her rather than insisting that mystery submit itself to her own understanding She models a curious gentle persistent faith that longs for truth and revels in complexityMy full review A clock radio was the most sophisticated piece of technology in my childhood bedroom Late into the night I d tune the crummy radio to stations that played pop or country or classics the volume set just barely above a whisper so my parents wouldn t hear I would fall asleep with my ear pressed against the speaker music swirling through my waking and sleeping It was in these not uite conscious moments that I first learned to listen for harmony Lying still I could hear the notes around the melody I can still remember the sheer joy of recognizing certain harmonies the clarity of two singers holding a chord or letting the tension build or resolve as their voices rose and fell together It felt like an invitation I couldn t resist I would sing along with every song where I could find harmony Eventually I could hear the possibility of new harmonies notes that no one sang but seemed to hang just above or below the melody I began experimenting with my own harmonies inserting my voice and delighting in the ways a new harmony enriched my favorite songsHarmony might be the best way to understand paradox A paradox is two possibilities at once two distinct ideas that seem as if they cannot co exist but turn out to be true together when investigated closely Like two notes that sound at once each note distinct but somehow transformed by the presence of the other harmony produces the possibility of beauty rather than conflict In her new book Surprised by Paradox The Promise of And in an Either Or World Jen Pollock Michel brings ideas that seem to be at odds with one another into lovely harmony ideas that seem appear contradictory somehow exist at once interpenetrating one another without diminishing each otherTo acknowledge where you find paradox is to confess your expectations It is to say I thought that this was what grace meant Or I thought the kingdom of heaven was going to look like something else In one of her compelling personal confessions Michel acknowledges her apprehension about her husband s generous salary because she assumed the kingdom of God was meant for those with empty hands The paradox she discovers is that somehow the kingdom is large enough to bless the poor as well as the privilegedThe book reads less like a cohesive album and like a playlist Loosely connected observations about paradox flow from Michel s personal stories and what she has learned from the Word Michel ponders an assortment of paradoxes such as the truth that hard words that can also be a means of God s grace that our God is one who both reveals himself and hides himself that the kingdom of God is both unstoppable and vulnerable and that the spiritual life for all its presumed holiness can be so distinctly unspiritual Michel does not try to ease the tensions presented by each paradox Instead she collects them like curiosities picking up one paradox at a time to explore their surprises In four sections Incarnation Kingdom Grace and Lament Michel explores paradoxes both big and small turning over foundational concepts of the faith to find the points of tension By embracing paradox Michel models how we can be perplexed but not driven to despair when we encounter the mysteries of our faith 2 Cor 48 She writes about faith in its lived in condition as it abides complexity rather than resists it Allowing paradox to exist without trying to explain it away or simplify is a sign of a mature faith It seems to me that a great deal of heretical thinking begins with a discomfort with tension and a need to simplify clarify and reduce complexity Paradox like harmony elevates each distinct idea without calling for a compromise When Michel describes the paradox of lament she recognizes that even our complaint is a practice of faith as we seek to reconcile our trouble with the faithfulness of God The Bible is filled with laments that seem to violate all the rules we assume must govern our conversations with God but even these complaints demonstrate the persistence of faith that hounds God until he answers Describing the paradox of grace Michel reminds us that grace is not simply leniency Rather the cross speaks a thundering word about the cosmic big deal that is sin The cross is a paradox because it speaks both of leniency and violence Both are reuired to fully understand grace To understand God s work in the world is to recognize that ideas that seem like they ought to cancel on another out actually exist together like distinct notes played simultaneously to produce a chord And therein lies the heart of Surprised by Paradox It is a book that seeks to find the harmony by choosing and instead of or It is not a comprehensive exploration of the counterintuitive complexities of our faith nor is it a full explanation of paradox itself It is however an invitation Much like the harmonies in one song invited me to find the harmony in other songs Michel s love of paradox will usher you back towards your own faith journey to notice the paradoxAfter reading Michel s words I want to go back to the Word prepared to see the fruitful tensions that enrich our theology As Russ Ramsey points out in the foreword paradox is an admission that we only know in part and this admission helps us make the important distinction between theological understanding and faith Studied rightly Ramsey insists theology should lead to awe and wonder Michel offers a tour of the paradoxes that have surprised her so that we can all learn to appreciate the knowable and welcome that which is vast untamable mysterious and awesome For when we approach paradox we come to the end of our understanding And the end of our understanding can be the place where we learn to pause but also to praiseFor Fathom Mag

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Surprised by Paradox Free read ´ 108 Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ü Jen Pollock Michel Jen Pollock Michel Ü 8 Free read Fering alongside its commitment to finding audience with God is a paradoxical practice of faith Each of these themes give us certainty about God while also leading us into greater curiosity about his nature and activity in the world As Michel writes As soon as we think we have God figured out we will have ceased to worship him as he is With personal stories and reflection on Scripture literature and culture Michel takes us deeper into mystery and into worship of the One who is Mystery and Lov. Simple and profound writing a paradox in itself I ve loved Jen s writing ever since her first book and she s only getting better succinct practical Post modernists and millennials will warm to the concept of paradox Fundamentalists might be disturbed by it because it allows for truth beyond propositions To my strong tendencies to extremes and all or nothing way of living Jen offers a gentle invitation to consider another way of looking at life people and God It s freeing beautiful and true

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Surprised by Paradox Free read ´ 108 Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ü Jen Pollock Michel Jen Pollock Michel Ü 8 Free read Ian story is also paradox Jesus invites us to abandon the polarities of either and or in order to embrace the difficult wondrous dissonance of and The incarnation―the paradox of God made human―teaches us to look for God in the and of body and spirit heaven and earth In the kingdom God often hides in plain sight and announces his triumph on the back of a donkey In the paradox of grace we receive life eternal by actively participating in death And lament with its clear eyed appraisal of suf. Jonathan Edwards the great American theologian believed in paradox He believed that in God we see many traits that don t seem to belong together infinite greatness and infinite care infinite justice and infinite mercy and infinite majesty displaying itself as stunning meekness So did GK Chesterton who said An element of paradox runs through the whole of existence itself I confess I m not always comfortable with paradox I like my theology neatly defined I understand and accept the idea of paradox but it sometimes makes me nervousAccording to Jen Pollock Michel author of the new book Surprised by Paradox paradox isn t the exception in life with God it s the rule From the way Jesus life unfolds from the incarnation to his public ministry and then to his crucifixion resurrection and ascent everything is full of surprise God upends our expectations along the way which seems to insist that we must approach theology with a great deal of mystery Michel is no enemy of theological certainty Her book is crisp with theological insight I m often taken when I read her by her grasp of good theology and her ability to express it clearly and beautifully But Michel also knows that Scripture doesn t resolve every apparent paradox It leaves room for mystery We live with tension and perplexity We must worship with humility wonder and trust understanding that there s a lot we don t understandSurprised by Paradox traces the paradox in Scripture contained within four biblical themes incarnation kingdom grace and lament Michel takes us through the major events of Jesus life as she also reflects on the tensions and struggles in her own lifeMichel does a good job handling these themes but that s not the only reason to read this book It s also worth reading because it s written so well I decided a while ago that I would read every book that Michel writes This one reminded me how much I enjoy her writing Michel is artful There are sentences in this book for instance Pretense in prayer is a lot like kissing with your clothes on that made me put down the book and pray that I would one day be able to write half as well as she canBut here s the main reason I recommend reading this book because the older you get the you will recognize the reality of paradox This book began in a counselor s office she starts and that s enough to get me interested Michel does not write in the abstract She writes as someone who has suffered someone who has uestions and as someone who can relate to you and to meI think you ve probably guessed by now I loved this book As soon as we think we have God figured out we will have ceased to worship him as he is she writes Well I want to worship God as he is and to understand life as it is and that means living with paradox This book helps Read it enjoy it and allow it to help you embrace both the certainties and paradoxes of Scripture and life