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Theology of Weakness Collection (2 vols.)

By 2 authors ,
/ SPCK / 2013–2014

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Overview

The Theology of Weakness Collection couples two compelling volumes in disability studies, working towards theological understanding of disability. Author, social commentator, and academic, Roy McCloughry makes the latest theological thinking about disability accessible to a wide audience in The Enabled Life, reminding readers that God does not want us to conform to society’s stereotype of normal, but to celebrate diversity by delighting in who we are. In Arthur’s Call, Frances Young reflects on 45 years of caring for her severely disabled son. Her thoughtful volume offers profound insights into the vocation and ministry of persons with severe disabilities, as well as hope and help for all who struggle with faith in the face of unremitting suffering. With keen insight and sensitivity, these authors bring light to the challenges and callings of people at the heart of the kingdom of God.

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Key Features

  • Offers insights into the calling and ministries of people with severe disabilities
  • Examines the latest theological thinking about disability
  • Provides encouragement for those who struggle with faith in the face of suffering

Product Details

  • Title: Theology of Weakness Collection
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 324
  • Christian Group: Anglican
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Practical Life

Individual Titles

Arthur’s Call: A Journey of Faith in the Face of Severe Learning Disability

  • Author: Frances Young
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 180

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Written by a distinguished theologian and spiritual writer, this book is full of hope and help for all who struggle with faith in the face of unremitting suffering. Frances Young reflects on 45 years of caring for her severely disabled son, and how this has led her through darkness and doubt to a deeper awareness of God’s presence. This thoughtful volume offers profound insights into the vocation and ministry of persons with severe disabilities.

In this long awaited book, key themes from Frances Young’s earlier work—motherhood, suffering, disability, meaning, and love—reemerge in a richer and deeper melody. The cries of anguish and ‘why?’ are taken up into a new-found trust and joy. She draws us into the beauty and strength of a love which faces all the challenges and yet celebrates the wonder of Arthur’s life and vocation. If you are someone grappling with the hard questions about God, life and things going wrong, this book is for you.

—Deborah Ford, hospital chaplain, Cambridge University Hospitals

Frances Young is emeritus professor of theology and formerly pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Birmingham. Her recent publications include Brokenness and Blessing: Towards a Biblical Spirituality, From Nicaea to Chalcedon: A Guide to the Literature and Its Background, and God’s Presence: A Contemporary Recapitulation of Early Christianity.

The Enabled Life: Christianity in a Disabling World

  • Author: Roy McCloughry
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 144

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

As a much published author, social commentator, and academic, Roy McCloughry is ideally placed to make the latest theological thinking about disability accessible to a wide audience. As a person living with epilepsy who regards his condition as a ‘strange gift’ from God, he brings rich personal experience of what it’s like to live as a disabled person in a world where acceptance frequently relies on the appearance of normality.

People are often embarrassed or fearful in encountering disabled people, who are, if the Bible is to be believed, at the heart of the kingdom of God. After all, God does not want us to conform to society’s stereotype of what is normal, but to celebrate diversity by delighting in who we are. We do not need to be “cured” to know God’s healing, empowering love in our lives. Indeed, as Roy McCloughry’s deeply moving interview with Jean Vanier underlines, the “abled” may well discover their true humanity through learning from those whose humanity has sometimes been called into question.

Roy McCloughry offers us the fruits of years of prayerful reflection on what it means to be disabled in (and sometimes by) the church. As a result, he prompts us to consider what it really means to be the Church: challenging us all—disabled and ‘abled’—to be healed and saved together.

—Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Roy McCloughry is national disability advisor to the Church of England and vice president of the disability charity, Livability. He is also tutor in personal and social ethics at St. John’s College, Nottingham.